LOOPALLU has announced Newton Faulkner – already a festival favourite in the Highlands – as the Saturday night headline, just days before his new, fourth album Studio Zoo is released.
Newton takes his place at the top of the bill on Saturday, alongside Friday’s guests, The Enemy.
Also making an appearance over the weekend are fast-rising London-based band The Temperance Movement. Their own brand of soulful blues rock is seeing sold out venues across the country and will no doubt raise the roof of the Loopallu Big Top.
Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire join the Friday line up in support of their debut self titled album which is due out on the September 2. Loopallu organisers say: “Early reviews already hint it might be a possible album of the year.
We think that the live experience is even better.”
Recent Universal-Islands signings The Ruen Brothers – whose brand of 60s beat music is creating big waves and gaining airplay throughout the UK – will make their Loopallu debut.
And one of the more unusual acts of the festival is actor turned singer songwriter Laurence Fox (star of ITV’s Lewis) whose new video stars his actress cousin, Emilia Fox.
Loopallu organisers said: “In association with goNorth, we’re proud to unveil some of Scotland’s next big stars in the shape of buzz electronic act Prides, Glasgow’s Blood Relatives (previously Kitty the Lion) and our particular favourites Fake Major.
goNORTH director Amanda Millen said: “We are delighted to be closing this year’s festival tour at Loopallu and continuing our long-standing relationship with the event.”
“Loopallu consistently delivers an exciting and diverse line up of emerging and established acts, and is a fantastic platform for our artists to develop their audience.”
The final additions in this latest announcment are firm festival favourites The Vatersay Boys and possibly set to be festival favourites of the future, according to the festival, is retro 60s act The New Piccadillys.
These latest names join previously-announced artists, Eighties 2-Tone legends The Beat, folk star and former Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble, and alt.folk-rock band The Moulettes.
Securing Newton as Saturday headliner is good timing, as the star releases his new album and announces a set of dates for 2014.
Known for his virtuoso guitar-playing, the Brit-nominated Newton’s debut number one album Hand Built By Robots in 2007 was an instant classic, as was single Dream Catch Me and he became one of the buzz festival acts of that year and the next.
His quirky take on some unusual songs – Massive Attack’s Teardrop, the Spongebob theme and later his own version of Bohemian Rhapsody – helped cement his live reputation.
His gold-selling second album Rebuilt By Humans debuted at number three in 2009 after he battled back from a career-risking wrist injury.
Third album Write It On Your Skin was released in July 2012, but for the recording of his latest, Newton decided to add a ground-breaking twist, with the Studio Zoo recordings filmed continuously as he worked.
Single Losing Ground from the new album is out on September 8.
Speaking about the new track, Faulkner said: “It’s about battling on even when you know you’re on the back foot. You go through ups and downs and it’s about being in a down but being OK with it, because you know there must be an up on the way...hopefully.”
The Studio Zoo recordings in Newton’s home studio in East London were streamed live online, 24/7 for five weeks using four cameras, to follow every detail of the ups, downs, dramas and laughs of recording his album.
Like his live performances, the recording process was a truly one-man-band operation, with no producer or engineer, just Newton, guitars, and a few special surprise guests such as Ted Dwayne (Mumford & Sons) and Janet Devlin (X Factor) . Fans were also allowed to interact and help him make decisions about the tracks.
He has sold over 1.5million copies and has just finished a sold out world tour which took him to Australia and the Far East.
Tickets for this year's Loopallu are priced at £65 for weekend tickets and £80 for weekend and camping. Weekend and camping ticket holders wishing to bring campervans and caravans will be charged £25 per vehicle. Children aged between six and 12 are £10 for the weekend, and under-fives are free. (Anyone aged 16 and under need to be accompanied by an adult at all times)
Tickets, available in person from Northwest Outdoors (Ullapool), Ironworks (Inverness); Online from www.ticketmaster.co.uk, www.skiddle.com; 24 hr Tel 08444 999 990