After months of speculation the wraps have finally come off the first acts to be announced for this years eighth Loopallu Festival. It's the newly reformed greats The Fratellis.

With a back catalogue of chart hits that include Chelsea Dagger, Henrietta and Whistle for the Choir they’re ready to set the crowd alight.

Radio One favourite and act of the moment, Jake Bugg makes a return to Ullapool after enjoying his Highland acoustic tour at the start of the year. Jake Bugg is set to be one of the big break through acts of 2012 and a highlight of the Loopallu weekend.

Other acts to feature in the first announcement include festival favourites, The Dangleberries bringing their high octane and unique brand of celtic rock; Lilygreen and McGuire fresh from supporting Westlife on their arena tour; and finally for this first batch of acts Shinty legend Gary Innes makes his Loopallu debut with Celtic/Gaelic cross-over act Manran.

Loopallu takes place in the west coast village of Ullapool on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of September 2012 and doubles the population of the village for the weekend. As well as the usual eclectic line up of acts 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.

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.