Scouting for Girls head to Loopallu

Scouting for Girls get set for thier Loopallu performance.
Scouting for Girls get set for thier Loopallu performance.

ROLL up, roll up and get ready for the last blast of the festival season as the countdown to Loopallu 2012 begins.

The Ullapool based festival, taking place this year on September 21st and 22nd, is delighted to announce ‘Scouting for Girls’ for the second night hotspot, having previously announced headliners ‘The Fratellis’, back together and who have chosen Loopallu as their first live outing since reforming earlier this year.

Scouting for Girls have been nominated for four Brits and an Ivor Novello award, with a string of hits in their back catalogue including ‘She’s so Lovely’, ‘Heartbeat’, ‘This Ain’t a Love Song’, along with current single ‘Summertime in the City’, the trio are set to bring the biggest singalong Loopallu has ever seen.

Back by phenomenal demand Scottish rockers Kassidy make a very welcome return and will guarantee to get the party in full swing having spent the summer playing storming sets at festivals up and down the country.

Also added to the line-up is fast rising Scottish singers-songwriter Rachel Sermanni fresh from her much talked about BBC Introducing Reading and Leeds Festival appearances and coinciding with the week of release of her much awaited debut album ‘Under Mountains’, out on September 17th.

Acoustic folk trio The Staves, whose debut album ‘Dead & Born & Grown’ is also out imminently (October 22nd) – an album where production credits have been shared between legendary producer Glyn Johns (Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Clash) and his son Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, The Vaccines).

Robert Hicks, Festival Organiser, said: “We’re so pleased to have secured a long overdue return to the North for Scouting for Girls who we know will bring the festival to a rousing, loud, singalong finale.

“Rachel Sermanni will be a highlight, having watched her career blossom over the past two years now to return on the week of her debut album release will be quite something.

“The also The Staves. Simply wonderful. We can’t wait.”

Final additions to the festival for the moment are London’s ‘Public Service Broadcasting’ who use samples from old Public Information Films mixed with samples, drums, guitars and ‘teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future’; Dundee’s ‘Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher’; pop-rockers ‘Minarture Dinosaurs’, rising Scottish three piece ‘Brown Bear and the Bandits’, and Ullapool local legands ‘Naked Strangers’.

Also appearing over the weekend are Radio One favourite and act of the moment Jake Bugg, festival favourites ‘The Dangleberries’, ‘Lilygreen and McGuire’ and Celtic/Gaelic cross-over act ‘Manran’.

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.

And, as since the beginning, tickets for children 12 and under will be free (though need to be accompanied by an adult).

Tickets are available in person from Northwest Outdoors (Ullapool) and Mania and Ironworks (Inverness). You can phone 08444 999 990, or online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.skiddle.com.

And to find out more about Loolallu 2012 long onto www.loopallu.co.uk.