Scouting For Girls take trip to Ullapool for Loopallu festival

Topping bill: Scouting for Girls will be star attraction in Ullapool next month
Topping bill: Scouting for Girls will be star attraction in Ullapool next month

Scouting for Girls have been revealed as the second headliner for this year’s eighth outing of the Wester Ross-based music festival, with Kassidy and Rachel Sermanni also joining the bill.

They join previously announced and recently reformed headliners The Fratellis, who have chosen Loopallu as their first live outing since reforming earlier this year.

Loopallu takes place in the Highland west coast village of Ullapool on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 of September – doubling the population of the village for the weekend.

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, Hearbeat, This Ain't a Love Song along with current single Summertime in the City.

Scottish rockers Kassidy are making a return to Loopallu, and will be aiming to get the party in full swing.

Also added to the line-up is fast-rising Scottish singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni, fresh from her BBC Introducing Reading and Leeds Festival appearances, and coinciding with the week of release of her debut album Under Mountains which is released on the September 17.

Acoustic folk trio The Staves also join the bill. Their debut album Dead & Born & Grown is out in October, and is the first 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).

Loopallu festival founder Robert Hicks said: “We’re so pleased to have a 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, for her to return on the week of her debut album release will be quite something.

“Then also The Staves, simply wonderful. We can’t wait.”

As well as the artist line-ups appearing at the festival big top and the fringe events after hours in the villages pubs, the festival will again provide a selection of fine food and drink from around the Highlands as well as the usual warm Ullapool welcome.

Other announced additions include London's Public Service Broadcasting, Dundee's Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher, pop-rockers Minarture Dinosaurs, rising Scottish three-piece Brown Bear and the Bandits, and Ullapool’s very own Naked Strangers.

Also appearing over the weekend are Radio One favourite Jake Bugg, festival veterans 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. Tickets for children 12 & under will be free (though need to be accompanied by an adult).