click to visit the Loopallu 2012 websiteAfter months of speculation the wraps have finally come off the first acts to be announced for this years eighth Loopallu Festival. Organisers are extremely pleased to have been chosen as the first festival outing for newly reformed greats The Fratellis. With a back catalogue of chart hits that include Chelsea Dagger, Henrietta and Whistle for the Choir they’re a certainty to set the crowd alight.

Radio One favourite and act of the moment, Jake Bugg makes a return to Ullapool after enjoying his Highland acoustic tour at the start of the year. Jake Bugg is set to be one of the big break through acts of 2012 and a highlight of the Loopallu weekend.

Other acts to feature in the first announcement include festival favourites, The Dangleberries bringing their high octane and unique brand of celtic rock; Lilygreen and McGuire fresh from supporting Westlife on their arena tour; and finally for this first batch of acts Shinty legend Gary Innes makes his Loopallu debut with Celtic/Gaelic cross-over act Manran.

Jon Fratelli on stage at Loopallu

Jon Fratelli – photo by Paul Campbell

Festival organiser Robert Hicks said: ‘We’re over the moon The Fratellis have chosen to make their festival comeback at Loopallu since reforming recently. With a back catalogue of hits like theirs, I challenge anyone not to jump around. I can’t wait. We’re also really pleased to have man of the moment Jake Bugg coming north. His little Highland Tour at the start of the year obviously had an effect on him. Catch him before he goes stella. Coupled with a long overdue return of festival favourites The Dangleberries attention has now got to turn to booking some fine weather!’

Loopallu takes place in the west coast village of Ullapool on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of September 2012 and doubles the population of the village for the weekend. As well as the usual eclectic line up of acts appearing at the festival big top and the fringe events after hours in the villages pubs, the festival will again provide a selection of fine food and drink from around the Highlands as well as the usual warm Ullapool welcome.

Tickets for this year are priced at £60 for weekend tickets and £75 for weekend and camping. Weekend and Camping ticket holders wishing to bring campervans and caravans will be charged £25 per vehicle. As, since the beginning, tickets for children 12 & under will be free (though need to be accompanied by an adult)

Tickets, available in person from Northwest Outdoors (Ullapool), Mania & Ironworks (Inverness); Online from www.ticketmaster.co.uk www.skiddle.com ; 24 hr Tel 08444 999 990


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