Gripping onto our hot ticket, we've made it this far North and have arrived for the start of Beauly's Tartan Heart Festival for this year's Belladrum. The sun is high in the sky, and burning, and after a quick frolic through the site we're suitably excited for our weekend at the sold-out festival.
Back for a ninth time, growing in creativity, but keeping it boutique, the big enough festival brimming with charisma, has won us over on first glances all over again. Entering to a cacophonous mixture of musical genres and technicoloured entertainment, the party has already well and truly kick-started, with the afternoon rays warming things up nicely, secondary to the artists Bella has to offer.
Making our way past the Hothouse Stage on our entrance today, (it seems everything accidentally has a heat related theme), Glasgow boys, Make Sparks, set the bar with their glorious melodies and swaggering synchronisation. With pop hooks emblazoning a rock n' roll delivery, the trio jolted the crowd into action with their polished performance. With their sing-along hooks hanging around well long after their set, their Highland show should have won them over new fans, whether by choice or serious mind control.
Setting us up for today's adventure we're preparing (in factor 50 sun screen) to trundle through pastures varied and wide with Slow Club, The Buzzcocks and We Are Scientist joining the cast, not forgetting the secret guest set to take to the main Garden Stage at 6.40pm. We've tried our very best, but are getting no hints so far, other than the act in question have been well received at Belladrum previously- we hope after all this hype they don't disappoint.
For now we're off to explore, with Ciao Bella's first festival fashion show of the weekend about to kick off, and my first opportunity at salivating over some Harris Tweed about to begin.
Belladrum has a lot to live up to after our experience last year, but so far, I think it might just deliver all over again.