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How to go to a music festival and see no bands

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The sold-out Belladrum Tartan Heart Music Festival takes place this August, with acts this year including Madness, Arrested Development, Two Door Cinema Club and, just newly announced, Scottish folk diva Barbara Dickson.

But Bella's organisers believe festival-goers can go to the three-day event and see no musicians at all. Here are 10 tune-free things to be feature this year.

1. Drop and Roll, a stunt bike display team led by Skye-born stunt rider Danny Macaskill, returns to the festival after previous years' appearances.

2. New to Bella's offering this summer will be a zip wire slide taking sliders over parts of the festival arena.

3. The Verb Garden will be staged again to offer talks and debates. This year's line-up includes Scottish writer and traveller Rupert Wolfe-Murray, who will hold a book launch for his Nine Months in Tibet.

4. Tir Nan Nog is an area for children where they can take part in educational programmes, arts and crafts and magic shows.

5. Street theatre will be performed throughout the three days and this year will feature "unicorns and golden cows", according to organisers.

6. A Segway track has been added for the first time to the festival.

7. Also new to Bella will be a fun fair big wheel.

8. The Wee Green Cinema is a pedal-powered cinema.

9. Wrestling, recently a regular feature of Bella, will return and take place under the canvas of a big top.

10. A fashion show will be held on the Venus Flytrap Stage.

Belladrum takes place from 4-6 August near Beauly.

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