goNORTH Seedlings Stage at Belladrum
“We are excited to be continuing our long standing relationship with Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in 2012”, said goNORTH Director for Music Shaun Arnold. “Belladrum has developed into one of the key festivals on the Scottish calendar, and has become firmly established as an important platform for connecting new artists with a broad and passionate audience”.
“We’re really delighted with the strength of the unsigned line-up at bella this year”, added Festival Booker Joe Gibbs. “Most of these artists are to be found in the goNORTH Seedlings Stage which has become a mecca for people seeking the next wave of music talent coming from the Highlands and wider Scotland.”
goNORTH Seedlings Stage 2012
The Maginot Band
Belladrum 2012 takes place in the beautiful Highland surroundings of Belladrum Estate, near Beauly in Inverness-shire. The independent festival has built a reputation for its eclectic line-ups, its off beat non-musical entertainments and its all-ages approach. The festival won a VisitScotland Thistle Award in 2009 and is a past winner of the Grassroots Festival Award at the UK Festival Awards, the festival industry’s ‘oscars’.
Belladrum has sold out each of the past three years.. Advance adult weekend tickets are £95 and Saturday tickets are £65. They include parking and camping, campervans and caravans tickets are now sold out. As in previous years, tickets for children 12 & under are free.
goNORTH was launched in 2001 to provide a platform for artists from the north of Scotland to showcase for music industry and media representatives on their own patch. Originally hosted in several venues on Aberdeen’s Belmont Street, we briefly relocated to Dundee, before settling in Scotland’s most northerly city, Inverness. The event has since developed into one of the country’s leading Creative Industries Festivals, covering a much wider remit from Screen and Broadcast to Designer Fashion and Publishing. Each year, goNORTH brings a world class programme of panels, workshops, film screenings, training opportunities, Q&A sessions, camera equipment and special effects showcases, and a global marathon of live music showcases to the north of Scotland.
The live showcases feature contemporary and cutting edge music of all genres, highlighting the best emerging talent from Scotland, the rest of the UK, and a selection of international contenders.
Last year saw the introduction of the goNORTH Festival Tour, an exciting development which takes goNORTH back to its roots and supports emerging talent across a range of top independent festivals; our 2012 touring schedule includes Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, The Wickerman Festival, Loopallu, B-Fest and Summer in the City 2012
The introduction of the Festival Tour means a significant volume of artists invited to showcase at goNORTH will also secure additional slots across the touring schedule.
Previous keynote speakers include, Tony Wilson, Alan McGee, Jazz Summers, Mark Jones and former UK Music CEO, Feargal Sharkey.
GoNORTH features acts across all contemporary music genres, with the line-up split equally between artists from the Highlands and Islands, other parts of Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world. In recent years, the event has brought acts from across Mainland Europe, the USA, Russia, Scandinavia, Australia, Japan and Canada to the north of Scotland.
The goNORTH 2012 Compilation featuring a selection of showcasing artists was released direct to industry via Music Week.
Alan Galbraith VP International, Wind Up Records
“Simply put, goNORTH gets it right. They put the music first and it’s just the right size to participate in everything”.
John Robb: “goNORTH is great on many levels, great line up of bands that goes beyond the usual dustbin indie fare, a beautiful city to hang out in and a surprisingly diverse cross section of people attending making it one of the best of the music conference circuit”.
Sat Bisla: Musexpo Founder: “Events such as goNORTH are essential to give buyers and sellers a broader understanding of the opportunities that lie within the market place. There is always a hidden gem at goNORTH, be it a new act or a new business opportunity”.
Keith Harris: Director for Performer Affairs, PPL: “goNORTH is a much more open seminar. A lot of conferences are expensive, which makes them exclusive. goNORTH makes it easy for the people who really need the information to get it”.
Stewart Cruickshank FRSA: Senior Producer BBC Radio Scotland: “goNORTH continues to be one of the UK’s benchmark A&R event and the many attendees at the well-subscribed panels and evening gigs bear witness to that”.