Tartan Heart Launches its Own Tartan

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Tuesday February 14 2017

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival (3-5th August, Beauly) has become the first ever music festival in the UK to launch its own officially registered tartan.

The tartan has been designed by Black Isle based Prickly Thistle and a range of clothing is available in its distinctive green and red plaid under the brand name Naked Highlander.

Prickly Thistle, started in 2015 by Clare Campbell from Ross & Cromarty, is the only Highland based tartan design studio. 

Creating unique designs and product collections for clients she has registered tartans for corporate clients such as Tomatin Distillery and also personal clients.

 Belladrum Festival is now in its 14th year.

The Belladrum tartan is registered with The Scottish Register of Tartans, forming part of the National Records of Scotland.

“With it being the 14th Tartan Heart festival, we thought – let’s launch our new tartan on the 14th day of February, St Valentine’s Day, a day unavoidably associated with all kinds of hearts” said festival promoter Joe Gibbs.

“As an all-ages event, Bella’s crowd have always felt like one big happy clan so it seemed appropriate for the festival to have a tartan for everyone.”

 “We have really enjoyed working on this project,” said Prickly Thistle’s Clare Campbell.

“The design of the tartan picks up on the red of the logo and the greens of the various lichens and mosses around the estate and festival site.

“We were thrilled when a senior figure in the Scottish tartans world said that our Bella design was the most attractive he had seen.”

Scarfs in the tartan, bespoke kilts, ladies’ skirts and shawls and other items can be ordered through the Naked Highlander web site at www.nakedhighlander.com.

Bella features Franz Ferdinand, Sister Sledge and K T Tunstall in 2017.

Printed Bella tickets are available online at www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk and from the usual retail outlets.

These include: Inverness – The Ironworks, Eden Court Box Office, Caffery’s and Hootananny’s; Dingwall – Sweet Treats; Edinburgh and Glasgow – TicketsScotland;  Aberdeen – Aberdeen Performing Arts; Elgin – Sound & Vision; Beauly – Morrisons; Kiltarlity Post office.

Bella patrons will need a three day ticket to see Sister Sledge headline the Garden main stage on the Thursday night.

The Philadelphia sisters have charted in the UK since 1975 with hits like ‘We Are Family’ and ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’, working successfully with Nile Rogers and Chic.

Thursday car parks and camping areas will be open from 0800 again after this year’s successful effort to encourage patrons to arrive in a steadier flow throughout the day to reduce traffic congestion.

Arenas will open from 1300 on the Thursday.

When buying tickets on-line with Skiddle, Bella patrons are being given an opportunity to contribute to the Archie Foundation, a charity which is helping to improve children’s hospital facilities in the Highlands.

Bella sold out in record time again in 2016 for the eighth year in a row so fans are urged to buy early to avoid disappointment.



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