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Emeli Sande and Nile Rodgers to headline Belladrum Festival 2020

Emeli Sande visited Aberdeen while filming a TV series in 2019. Picture by Scott Baxter
Emeli Sande visited Aberdeen while filming a TV series in 2019. Picture by Scott Baxter

Nile Rodgers and Chic will play alongside Emeli Sande at Belladrum as the festival announces its first headliners for next year.

Emile Sande, who grew up in Alford, Aberdeenshire, has one of the most recognisable voices in pop, soul and R&B.

The star will enjoy her return to Belladrum so close to her home turf after first playing the Grassroots tent in 2011.

She has dominated the music industry with three Number One UK singles, more than 340 million video views and six million album sales.

Sande also performed at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics and at the White House for Barack Obama.

Nile Rodgers is the newly elected chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and co-founder of Chic.

The multi- Grammy Award winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist generated chart-topping hits like “Le Freak,” the biggest selling single in the history of Atlantic Records, and sparked the advent of hip-hop with “Good Times.”

Belladrum takes place from July 30 – August 1. The festival sold out its initial ticket run in a record-breaking 72 hours. A final 1,000 tickets have been held back and go on sale in the New Year.

Dougie Brown, event producer, said: “We are delighted to announce Nile Rodgers and Chic and Emeli Sande as our first headliners for Belladrum 2020. Nile Rodgers and Chic have been at the top of our wish list for many years and we are certain their set will go down as one of Bella’s standout moments.

“Emeli Sande played the festival’s Grassroots tent in 2011 when she was starting out and to have seen the journey she has been on and to see come back and headline the festival’s Thursday night will be another special moment at Bella.”

Shed Seven will make a welcome return to the festival having last appeared back in 2009. To date they have clocked up 15 top 10 singles and four top 10 albums.

Passenger, Stiff Little Fingers and Scottish outfit Tide Lines also join the bill alongside The Magic Numbers, Colonel Mustard and the Dijon Five, Ibibio Sound Machine, Manran, Kyle Falconer and many more.

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Belladrum Estate, near Beauly in Inverness-shire.

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