Music festival to pay tribute to Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival is set to pay tribute to Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit at the 2018 festival this August.

The Scottish band were due to headline the Hot House stage where they were to perform their seminal album, The Midnight Organ Fight, in full.

Sadly, Hutchison passed away in May this year 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 previously appeared at the festival in 2008, 2012 and 2014, with Hutchison also making a now legendary 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. It’s down to Belladrum giving us the chance to do that and the chance to say yeah we are a main stage act,” said Hutchison at Belladrum 2014.

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 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 from 2-4 August.

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