Published: 10/12/2015 17:02 - Updated: 10/12/2015 17:08

Madness and The Darkness headline at Belladrum in 2016

Madness performed at RockNess in 2013.
Madness performed at RockNess in 2013.

TWO Tone legends Madness will make their first appearance at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in 2016 headlining the main stage on the final night, Saturday August 6.

Helping get the weekend under, retro glam rockers The Darkness top the Thursday night main stage bill at the event on August 4.

Madness spent 214 weeks on the UK singles charts in the eighties and have had 15 UK top ten singles. The band, who have also appeared at RockNess, have won two Ivor Novello awards.

The Darkness’s 2003 debut album Permission to Land went quadruple platinum and they are currently working on their fourth album.

"What a party we’re going to have," Belladrum promoter Joe Gibbs said.

"It’ll be ‘Don’t let the Bella’s end’ when those consummate live entertainers The Darkness play on Thursday night and on Madness Saturday, the festival will become one big ‘House of Fun.’

"This year is shaping up to be another ‘I was there’ moment for Bella fans."

The Darkness
The Darkness

Also making a first appearance at the 16,500 capacity event will be American alternative hip-hop group Arrested Development. Billed for a return as Hothouse stage headliners are Belladrum favourites Alabama 3 while the Highlands’ own Rachel Sermanni returns to the Black Isle Brewery Grassroots Stage.

Festival regulars The Dangleberries will also return to entertain the afternoon audience at the main Garden Stage.

Mercury nominated Scottish artist C Duncan will be on the Bella bill for the first time, as will Ayrshire duo Bella and the Bear, best newcomer winners at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards, and Galloway sisters The Mermaids.

Charlotte Brimner will be returning under her new moniker Be Charlotte along with The Dolly Parton Story, who were a big success in the Grassroots tent last year.

They will also be joined on the bill by returning Scottish folk favourites Breabach, who appear at Inverness’s Red Hot Highland Fling Hogmanay celebrations later this month, and local ceilidh band Tweed.

Now in its 13th year, the theme of the 2016 festival will be Superstition.

E-tickets to the event are on sale via the festival website at www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk and via www.skiddle.com. And printed tickets are available from the usual agents.

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