We’ve been so excited to announce who our first headliner is, we’ve broken with tradition to announce our first acts months earlier than previous years. Despite our size and location, we think we’ve booked something for everyone.

It is with huge pleasure and excitement that we can say our first headliner, and only Scottish festival appearance will be FEEDER. Since they started releasing records twenty years ago, Feeder have never been far from the charts or strangers to the stage. Having sold over 5m records, they’ve played all over the world, bringing their anthemic rock music to fans old and new, always exhilarating, always celebratory. Tracks like Just the Way I’m Feeling, Buck Rogers, Feeling A Moment and Lost and Found are just some of the 25 top 40 chart hits the band have enjoyed over the years along with a double platinum singles collection in 2006.  Now, after a 4 year break to pursue solo projects Feeder are ready to reclaim their position as one of the biggest and best British rock bands. Twenty years down the line and the Feeder juggernaut still thunders on, with no intention of slowing down.

As Grant comments “…we are very excited to close the festival season in Scotland. Scotland has 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…”

Joining the first wave and celebrating their 30th Anniversary are THE WONDER STUFF. With a catalogue of hits including the infamous Size Of  A Cow we challenge anyone not to be dancing within minutes of the band coming on stage. Loopallu wouldn’t be complete without a little punk or ska, so who better than THE SELECTER led by the iconic Pauline Black. Their confidence is sky-high and they’re also writing the best songs of their career, which is saying something given the enduring popularity of hits like Three Minute Hero, Missing Words and On My Radio. Next up,  LUCY SPRAGGAN who appeared on the X Factor in 2012. Since then her audition video has been viewed 35 million times on YouTube and she was the most Googled musician of 2012 after coming off the show and immediately signing to Columbia Records.  Her debut album Join the Club was a top-ten success and Lucy has enjoyed sell-out tours since then. Her latest record We Are has been highly acclaimed as one of the best singer-songwriter albums of 2015.  MANRAN return on the back of their world tour. One of the best-known and best-loved Scottish folk bands on the scene today, now with two highly regarded studio albums under their belt and four years of blowing audiences away with healthy amounts of passion, poise, virtuosity and vigour.

Then last but no means least for the first wave of acts is the very welcome return of Loopallu’s long term friend and supporter MARK RADCLIFFE this time in the new guise of pirate folk rockers GALLEON BLAST. Press ganged into service by an unscrupulous gangmaster from the Spanish Main (well....Knutsford actually), the swarthy seadogs of Galleon Blast occasionally get shore leave to ply their raggle-taggle trade. With a selection of rum-soaked songs and shanties, the Blasters whip up a squally strumming storm with traditional tunes, original songs and many a seafaring classic from The Dubliners, The Waterboys, The Pogues,  The Fisherman's Friends and Ewan MacColl. Galleon Blast feature banjos, whistles, accordions and fiddles from members of The Family Mahone, Full House, The Bad Shepherds, The Incredible String Band and Thea Gilmore, including the pirate dj himself Mark Radcliffe - the Jack Sparrow of the Radio 2 Folk Show. Actually, make that the Jack Duckworth of the Radio 2 Folk Show. So, it's all aboard the good ship Blast for a full-on broadside of buccaneering beat.

Mark adds the last word for now… ‘Avast ye lubbers – 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  from www.loopallu.co.uk or in person from the The Arch Inn (Ullapool).


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