The Fratellis for Loopallu 2012

Jon Fratelli on stage at Loopallu

Jon Fratelli on stage at Loopallu

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AFTER months of speculation the wraps have finally come off the first acts to be announced for this year’s eighth Loopallu Festival – and the festival team are pleased to have been chose as the first festival outing for newly reformed greats The Fratellis.

And with a back catalogue of 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 is set to be one of the big break through acts of 2012 and a highlight of the Loopallu weekend.

And 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.

“We’re over the moon The Fratellis have chosen to make their festival comeback at Loopallu since reforming recently,” said Festival director Robert Hicks.

“With a back catalogue 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.”

Mr Hicks added: “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 September.

Doubling 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 fringe events after hours in village pubs, the festival will again provide a selection of find 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.

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 in Inverness; online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.skiddle.com; or telephone 24 hours 08444 999 990.