...with only three weeks to go until the (un)official end of summer party that is Loopallu.

Without further ado, we start by revealing that you lucky Loopalluers will witness an ultra rare performance by 'Breath Underneath'. Front man of the band, Erwin Lil VI. said:

“There’s been a place in my heart for Scotland ever since we travelled over from our home country of Peru to play the Electric Banana in Ullapool. Don’t look for it, it’s not there anymore. There was a young lad with a big dream running our gig that night. That young lad was Robert Hicks and when he called and asked me won’t you ever come home, we just couldn’t resist. Scotland and Peru used to be connected physically which is why we feel such a strong bond with the Scottish people and can consider it home. Don’t look it up, the evidence has been hidden. We can’t wait to deliver an electric performance of our 20th studio album ‘Fake News’.  Love and peace to you all.”

This year, making their Loopallu debut are two buzz acts from the Scottish folk music scene: Ho Ro have been building a solid fan base over the past couple of years and need no introduction; and hot on their heels are the Hebrides latest export Peat and Diesel.

We always try our best to introduce our audience to tomorrows stars today, and this year is no different. Already tipped for greatness by The Sunday Times are Dundee's finest St Martiins; from Glasgow, LOVE SICK and Lucia, the latter of which contains a band member you will have seen grace the Loopallu stage many times before in different guises; and all the way from Ullapool, local heroes The Experiment.

Over at the Literally Literary stage Val McDermid is joined by award winning writer Liam McIlvanney whose chilling new crime novel The Quaker was published in July and broadcaster, journalist, musician and author Vic Galloway who is responsible for Rip It Up - The Story of Scottish Pop, the book written to accompany the National Museum of Scotland's current exhibition of the same name.

And finally, our much loved and immensely popular changeover acts The Cowans; The Little Mammoths and Ruairidh Maclean will keep you entertained whilst you refuel.

These acts join the previously announced Alabama 3, The Bluetones, John Cooper Clark, British Sea Power, Bad Manners, Astrid, Mark Radcliffes UNE and HYYTS.

Tickets are currently on sale at or in person from The Arch Inn (Ullapool) and Eden Court (Inverness).

Loopallu. Small, perfectly formed (we think) and still truly independent.

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Always one of the most fun and friendly festivals, Loopallu punches above it's weight


They’re selling the family silver – even granny is at risk of being put up for auction as fans try and outbid each other for tickets for Loopallu.

The Press and Journal

The only music event anywhere in the world to feature both Franz Ferdinand and the Ullapool Pipe Band.

The Guardian

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