Published: 11/07/2018 07:00 - Updated: 06/07/2018 11:18

Bella headline slot to be tribute to singer

Written byMargaret Chrystall

 

Frightened Rabbit
Scott Hutchison (centre) in Frightened Rabbit.

BELLADRUM will pay tribute to the late Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit next month.

The group were due to headline the festival’s Hot House stage to perform seminal album The Midnight Organ Fight in full.

But Hutchison died in May and his loss has been felt throughout the music community by fans and fellow musicians alike.

Frightened Rabbit have always been firm favourites at Belladrum and had a special place in the hearts of festival-goers.

The band had previously appeared at Belladrum in 2008, 2012 and 2014, with Hutchison also making an impromptu solo acoustic performance in the Tomatin Whisky Bothy at the 2012 event.

"We have grown with Belladrum, we started off in a small tent here and then we have gone up and up every time," said Hutchison at Belladrum in 2014. "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 collection for SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) – the charity chosen by Frightened Rabbit.

A donation will also be made by Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.

Promoter Joe Gibbs said: "We will be working alongside the Frightened Rabbit team to partner with their chosen charity to become our official Belladrum 2019 charity.

"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.

"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: "All of us at SAMH were really sad to hear of Scott’s death.

"The outpouring of support we have received in memory of Scott has been hugely inspiring, many of the public 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 is on from August 2-4.

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