Published: 03/09/2014 00:01 - Updated: 02/09/2014 19:43

Twin Atlantic to debut at Loopallu

Twin Atlantic – from left – Ross McNae, Sam McTrusty, Craig Kneale and Barry McKenna.
Twin Atlantic – from left – Ross McNae, Sam McTrusty, Craig Kneale and Barry McKenna.

THE now sold-out Loopallu festival has revealed its second headliner is Twin Atlantic, set to make their debut at the Ullapool festival.

Twin Atlantic have had an incredible summer playing to packed-out festival stages at Glastonbury, T In The Park, Reading and Leeds – as well as supporting Kings of Leon on their recent stadium tour.

Last month also saw the release of their second full-length album Heart And Soul, which entered the UK top 40 at number six and includes stand-out singles Brothers And Sisters and Heart And Soul.

Twin Atlantic’s guitarist Barry McKenna said: "We’ve had a pretty special relationship with the Highlands since the very start of our band and over the years have enjoyed some of our most momentous and defining gigs there.

"So we’re over the moon to say we will be continuing this tradition by playing Loopallu this year.

"We can’t wait – and hope to see some old and new faces there to join the party!"

Festival founder and organiser Robert Hicks, said: "Over the past 10 years Loopallu has been fortunate to have attracted some of the UK’s biggest acts,from Mumford and Sons to Paolo Nutini.

"And 2014 is going to be no different, and indeed a vintage year, with Scotland’s hottest act Twin Atlantic heading North only weeks after storming the Top 10 with their new album.

"We know the Loopallu faithful will be eagerly awaiting with arms and ears wide open."

With a reputation for showcasing and breaking some of Scotland’s newest talents, Loopallu – on Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 – is also hosting the first festival appearance of White.

A festival spokesperson said: "White is a hurtling juggernaut of synth stabs, razor-sharp guitars and even sharper attire, a cacophony of punk noise, huge drums and infectious hooks.

"With an explosive frontman channelling Jacques Brel and Nick Cave, the Glasgow five-piece is turning heads with debut song Living Fiction. The NME is calling it ‘the kind of full-blown space wig-out Bowie would be proud of’."

White - which includes former members of Kassidy - said about playing Loopallu: "White can’t wait to take over the stage at Ullapool!"

Also appearing over the weekend is Glasgow three-piece garage punk rock act Baby Strange and set to kick off the festival in traditional style is Ullapool Pipe Band.

These acts join the previously announced headliners Britpop legends Shed Seven, influential punk act The Undertones in their ‘acoustic and unplugged’ guise, Alabama 3, Public Service Broadcasting, Neon Waltz, Kim Churchill, Vigo Thieves, Hunter & The Bear, Model Aeroplanes, The Vatersay Boys and finally Mark Radcliffe & The Foes.

Making it’s debut – in association with Ullapool Book Festival – is Literally Literary, a celebration of writing which includes bestselling author Christopher Brookmyre, Katie Morag creator Mairi Hedderwick, writer, musician and journalist Doug Johnstone.

Also donning their writing hats are Loopallu regular and BBC presenter Vic Galloway, who chats about his debut novel – and also children’s author Aidan Moffat, better-known as the frontman for Arab Strap.

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