'We're putting on Scotland's most remote club nights'

Sigi and Jemima
Ullapool club night organisers Sigi Whittle and Jemima Fasakin

Some of Scotland's most remote dance music club nights are taking place this winter in a north west Highland fishing village.

Sigi Whittle and Jemima Fasakin, who met at the University of Edinburgh, are behind the DJ sets in Ullapool.

Whittle, who is from Ullapool, said a gap was left in the village's entertainment scene following the end of two major local events.

The Loopallu music festival was held for the last time after 15 years in 2019, and the final Ullapool Book Festival took place last year after almost 20 years.


"There's a wee bit of a lull at the moment," said Whittle.

He said he hoped the club nights would be an addition to what was already offered by the local music scene.

"Music in Ullapool is hyper focused around trad and folk - fiddles, accordions and pipes," said Whittle.

"Growing up in Ullapool the likelihood is you will learn one of those three instruments."

He added: "Ullapool is known for trad and folk. It doesn't really have a legitimate dance music scene."

Whittle and Fasakin met while studying architecture.

They shared similar tastes in music - grime, garage, electro and techno.

Fasakin, also 27 and who grew up near London, said it had always been her ambition to put on a club night.

The friends, who are now DJs and promoters, decided to attempt to bring the kind of club nights they enjoy in Glasgow and Edinburgh to a small community.

The nights are called baile/baile - the word meaning "village" in Gaelic and "dance" in Spanish. Whittle's mother, a teacher, is half Spanish.

They are held at the Ceilidh Place café-bar, and Whittle and Fasakin have dubbed their events "Scotland most remote club nights".

DJs from the Highlands and central Scotland have performed sets.

Whittle said: "People do see Ullapool as remote because it is more than an hour away from Inverness.

"At its core Ullapool still holds that fishing village feel, something which I really like about it."

Whittle added: "There are some things you need to pump more energy into than you would have to in the city - like having to go and get DJ decks from Inverness."

Struan Reeve
Struan Reeve said the village was missing out on some music genres following the end of Loopallu

Three club nights have been held so far, and more are planned.

Ullapool resident Struan Reeve said the first events had proved popular.

He said: "When I first heard about them I thought it was great for the village.

"It's something different and we don't usually get things like this.

"I like electronic and house music but haven't really had a chance to go to an event like that."

He added: "Ullapool always had Loopallu and once that was gone we've missed having that kind of music, be it electronic or rock or whatever."

Tom Grant
Tom Grant says the club nights are a unique experience for a remote location

Tom Grant, also from Ullapool, described the club nights as a "unique experience in a remote and beautiful area".

He said: "This is such an opportunity being so remote and taking place in winter time.

"It is something that has never really happened in Ullapool."

Fasakin said the electronic music scenes in Edinburgh and Glasgow were inclusive and supportive and she hoped that experience had been recreated in Ullapool club nights.

She said: "It’s really exciting to be able to bring a sample of what we love to go out to in the central belt up to the Highlands.

"The first few parties have been really successful, and were met with a great response from the locals in Ullapool.

"I’m really excited for the last few."