The Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival is to pay tribute to Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison, who died earlier this year.
The band were scheduled to play the Hot House stage where they were to perform their second, breakthrough album, ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’, in full, to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
The band have been regulars at Belladrum, having previously appeared at the festival in 2008, 2012 and 2014, as well as Hutchison making an impromptu solo acoustic performance in the Tomatin Whisky Bothy at the 2012 event.
Speaking at Belladrum in 2014, Hutchison said: “We have grown with Belladrum, we started off in a small tent here and then we have gone up and up every time. It’s down to Belladrum giving us the chance to do that and the chance to say yeah we are a main stage act”.
Rather than look to find a band to replace Frightened Rabbit, Belladrum will play the band’s album The Midnight Organ Fight in full with a video tribute to Hutchison in the headline slot.
Alongside the audio-visual album playback, there will be a charity collection, chosen by the band, for SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health).
A donation will also be made by Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and the festival will be working alongside the Frightened Rabbit team to partner with their chosen charity to become our official Belladrum 2019 charity, details of which will be announced shortly.
“Following suggestions from fans and our own deliberations we felt that a tribute to Scott and the band would be more appropriate than any other course of action,” said promoter Joe Gibbs.
“Playing the album live will be a chance for everyone to come together to pay tribute to and remember both Scott and the band’s outstanding contribution to Scottish music.”
SAMH Director of External Affairs Jo Anderson said: “A huge thank you to Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, who are raising money for SAMH during a tribute to Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit.
“All of us at SAMH were really sad to hear of Scott’s death. The outpouring of support we have received from the public in memory of Scott has been hugely inspiring, many of whom were keen to “make tiny changes to earth”.
“Scott’s lyrics have clearly resonated with many, and we hope Frightened Rabbit fans attending Belladrum will be encouraged to open up and talk, something Scott did through his music.
“This is a fitting way for Belladrum and the festival family to commemorate Scott. We will put this generous contribution to good work, and be there for people when they need us.”
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival takes place in Beauly, near Inverness, from 2-4 August – more at www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk.