LOOPALLU, the wee festival in the west, yesterday announced that Dundonian rockers The View are set to headline on the Friday night at Ullapool.
The View are returning to the festival three years after their last appearance when they were still relative unknowns.
Now they have two top five albums under their belts, including 2007’s Number 1 smash, Hats Off to the Buskers.
Also joining the line-up is the singer from legendary ska band The Specials, forming member of Fun Boy Three and now with his own outfit, Neville Staple and his band.
Neville's biography and past projects read like a Who's Who of rock. He has worked with such legends as Elvis Costello, David Byrne and Ali Campbell, to name but a few. With The Specials’ recent much-celebrated reformation, expect Neville’s set to include all the classics which made them household names.
Other acts already confirmed for Loopallu 2009 include Ian Broudie’s The Lightning Seeds, one of Scotland’s hottest acts The Dykeenies, the beautiful and captivating folk sounds of Mumford and Sons, Kid British, along with one of the fastest rising acts in Scotland, Pearl and the Puppets, and firm festival favourite Mark Radcliffe with his bar room drinking band, The Family Mahone.
Loopallu promoter Robert Hicks said: “We’re over the moon landing another of Scotland’s biggest bands to headline one of its smallest festivals.
“Its further proof that our size and location are our two biggest selling points to these bands, rather than seeming them as hindrances. On the back of Belladrum selling out and leaving lots of fans wanting more, we expect Loopallu to sell out even faster than normal.”
Loopallu, on the shores of Loch Broom, is on September 18 and 19.