A HIGHLAND music festival is celebrating a sell-out for next year’s event already... before any headline acts have even been announced.

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2020 will take place in Beauly, Inverness-shire. next July.

But yesterday it announced it has all but sold out of adult, child and campervan tickets a record 
12 months ahead of the 17th edition of the festival. 

Organisers released tickets one month earlier than in previous years to allow its monthly payment plan to be extended to 11 months, a month longer than in previous years. Ticket prices were also frozen at 2019 levels.

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The festival has held back just 1,000 tickets, which will be put on sale for diehard fans of artists featured in their first headliner announcement, which Bella hopes to make towards the end of the year.

“We deeply appreciate the enthusiasm shown for the festival by our family audience, which comes off the back of our most successful edition of the festival yet just over a week ago,” said festival spokesman Dougie Brown. 

“We have put the same number of tickets as in 2019 on sale, including free kids’ tickets and have simply been delighted by how keen our loyal audience is to come back again next year.”

Current adult ticket holders will be given preferential treatment, with the initial allocation of child tickets being released to them first on a pre-sale link via Skiddle. Any unused tickets will be put on general resale shortly afterwards.

Resales will be made available at 10am on October 1 and then continue to take place on the first of each month after that. 

Glamping and Club Clan Bella tickets are also nearly sold out. 

The festival has been brought forward a week in 2020 to avoid conflict with the Black Isle Show and Moy Game Fair, but the event still runs Thursday to Saturday, from July 30 to August 1.

The boost comes amid a year when several music festivals were forced to cancel, take a break or end.

Oban Live organised by Scots supergroup Skerryvore said it planned to take a break next 
year in a dispute with the local council and funding. Best of the West in Argyll was pulled in January. 

However TRNSMT in Glasgow and HebCelt on Stornoway are among those that celebrated record years.