ULLAPOOL’S autumn festival Loopallu has made an early announcement of its first headliner in a line-up organisers believe will have something for everyone.
First up, the festival – this year on on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 – aannounces that it’s got the only Scottish festival appearance of Feeder.
Always popular with Highland audiences in the past, Feeder’s 20-year history includes five million records sold.
And their anthemic rock music has taken them all over the world with 25 top 40 chart hits including Just the Way I’m Feeling, Buck Rogers, Feeling A Moment and Lost and Found.
Now, after a four-year break to pursue solo projects, Feeder are ready to return.
As singer and guitarist Grant Nicholas comments: "We are very excited to close the festival season in Scotland.
"It’s always been one of our favourite places to play and this festival has a great reputation, so we look forward to seeing some new and old faces again."
Also in the first announcement is news that also heading for Loopallu will be The Wonder Stuff – who celebrate their 30th anniversary this year with their catalogue of hits including the infamous Size Of A Cow.
And ska heroes The Selecter led by the iconic Pauline Black are also heading for Ullapool at a time when they are writing "the best songs of their career" to add to classic hits such as Three Minute Hero, Missing Words and On My Radio.
Lucy Spraggan – who appeared on the X Factor in 2012 – is also on the bill. Her debut album Join The Club was a top 10 success and Lucy has enjoyed sell-out tours since then.
Her latest record We Are was acclaimed as one of the best singer-songwriter albums of 2015. And joining the names for Loopallu will be MANRAN who return on the back of their world tour.
And long-term Loopallu friend and performer, radio and TV presenter Mark Radcliffe will return with his latest line-up – pirate folk rockers Galleon Blast.
With a selection of "rum-soaked songs and shanties", the Blasters whip up traditional tunes, original songs and many a seafaring classic from The Dubliners, The Waterboys, The Pogues, The Fisherman’s Friends and Ewan MacColl with the help of banjos, whistles, accordions and fiddles,
These are all played by the band – members of The Family Mahone, Full House, The Bad Shepherds, The Incredible String Band and Thea Gilmore, including the Jack Sparrow of the Radio 2 Folk Show, Mark himself.
Mark says: "The good ship Galleon Blast can’t wait to maraud across the Minch and come ashore at Loopallu for a weekend of cacophonous carousing and gang-planking grog guzzling."
Tickets are on sale now for the festival from www.loopallu.co.uk or in person from the The Arch Inn (Ullapool);