The Loopallu music festival in Ullapool has sold out for its 10th birthday – without a single act being announced.
Delighted organisers have now announced the first batch of performers who will appear at the Wester Ross event on September 26 and 27.
It is the last major music festival of the year in the north.
Leading the line-up are 1990s Britpop band Shed Seven. Having had 16 consecutive top 40 UK hits, including tracks like Chasing Rainbows, Going for Gold & Disco Down, the indie rock band are still packing out shows across the country.
The 1970s punk band, The Undertones, who headlined the first ever Loopallu and wrote the music for DJ John Peel’s favourite ever song, Teenage Kicks, will be another weekend highlight.
Festival favourites Alabama 3 also return with their ‘acoustic and unplugged’ show, which provides a blend of country, gospel and delta blues.
And there will be a performance by Public Service Broadcasting, a band which weaves samples of old public information films and archive footage with live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics.
Other rising stars from across Scotland include Caithness-based rock band Neon Waltz, Wishaw-based indie band Vigo Thieves and Dundee’s Model Aeroplanes, as well as Barra’s finest Vatersay Boys.
New for this year, organisers have teamed up with Ullapool Book Festival to present Literally Literary, a celebration of writing which includes bestselling author Christopher Brookmyre and the creator of Katie Morag, Mairi Hedderwick, among others.
Festival founder Rob Hicks said: “They said it couldn’t be done, a festival in the north west of Scotland, in late September and here we are 10 years later.
“It never ceases to amaze me how people have taken Loopallu to their hearts. Whether they’ve walked a few hundred yards to get here or flown around the globe.
“That goes for the bands too, looking back we’ve managed to attract everyone from Paolo Nutini to Mumford & Sons, Jake Bugg to Franz Ferdinand. It can’t help but make you smile.
“To have sold out this year before announcing a single act is testament to the fact people know they’ll have a great time whoever’s playing. Roll on our 20th birthday.”