Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

GALLERY: Belladrum’s early evolution as the Highland festival is shelved for the first time in nearly two decades

The Belladrum Festival in 2005.
The Belladrum Festival in 2005.

Last week’s disappointing but expected announcement from Belladrum means that for the first time in 16 years, the Highland music festival will not be taking place.

There’s every reason to believe it’ll be back in 2021 but if you’re struggling with the hole it’s left in your summer calendar, let’s take a stroll down memory lane to cheer you up.

The beginning

Back in 2004, it was a one day festival that kicked off in the morning with yoga, tai chi and sacred dance sessions.

How the P&J reported the first Belladrum Festival.

Around 2,000 people crammed into the Belladrum Estate’s Italian Gardens to watch the Peatbog Faeries at 4pm, before the two headliners, the Grim Northern Social and Linda Gail Lewis (the sister of comedian Jerry Lee) and the Lewis Three took to the stage later that night.

Reported in the Press and Journal as a “mini-Glastonbury”, the inaugural event made a little bit of cash for the cancer charity Maggie’s as estate owner Joe Gibbs speculated that the festival would be even better the second time round.

He might’ve been on to something.


One year on from its debut, Belladrum’s next iteration was a huge leap forward.

The Proclaimers were secured as the showpiece headliner, there were five stages over two days and more than 7,000 people descended on the estate.

The only thing that didn’t go to plan was the weather.

The heavens opened on August 12 and 13, but that only served to strengthen the festival’s “mini-Glastonbury” tag.

The Proclaimers were the biggest draw of Belladrum 2005.

Many camped on site, braving extremely muddy conditions, to enjoy other acts like Alabama 3 and British Sea Power.

One reveller, Lisa Gilmour, 22, from Blantyre near Glasgow, said: “It is fantastic here, I have had a great time despite getting rather muddy.

How the P&J reported Belladrum in 2005.

“Nobody cares about the rain and the mud, there is such a great atmosphere.

“This really puts the Highlands on the map, I will definitely be back next time.”

Take a look at our picture gallery from the 2005 festival below and check back on the website later this week for more pictures from Belladrum down the years.

Do you recognise yourself or any of your friends in our gallery? Get in touch by emailing us at

Already a subscriber? Sign in