The 13th Loopallu festival will be the last
Popular with islanders, Ullapool’s very own festival ‘Loopallu’ sees many cross The Minch to enjoy the last festival of the season – but Loopallu 2017 will be the last time!With a heavy heart, it’s been decided that the festival’s 13th outing – September 29th to 30th – is going to be its last.
“There’s no time to be sad, it’s time to celebrate what has made Loopallu so special over the years,” say the festival team. “Time to celebrate how the little event with a big heart transformed a small West Coast village at the end of the season, bringing millions of pounds into the economy over the years, and not to mention the priceless friendships established.”
And it’s time to bring back some of the favourite Loopallu acts over the years, but also introduce some news ones too; some established household names, and some stars of the future.
It is with great pleasure that organisers hail the return of The View as Friday headliners, who will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album ‘Hats Off To The Buskers’ by playing it in full; and welcomed to Loopallu for the first time this year are indie darlings Glasvegas, topping the bill on the Saturday night.
Where to start with the rest of the last Loop line-up though! Local heroes Hunter & The Bear are back to celebrate the release of their debut album; the return of Turin Brakes with their only Scottish festival play of the summer; and The Rezillos keep up the festival’s reputation for delivering great punk acts.
Already announced, The Pigeon Detectives bring their explosive energy to the Loopallu stage; up and coming and much talked about Tide Lines are expected to draw a huge crowd, as is Callum Beattie, who has enjoyed having his recent releases playlisted on BBC Radio 2.
Loopallu has always tried to bring new acts to excite its audience, and even the last ever festival is no exception with the hotly-tipped Tynesider Sam Fender; Edinburgh’s finest Hamish Hawk; buzz act The Howl and The Hum, and Stornoway’s new super group Willie Campbell & The Tumbling Souls.
Over the years the festival, in association with Ullapool Book Fest, has brought some incredible names from the literary world to Ullapool, and this reign will be ended in style with no other than the legendary Ian Rankin; children’s favourite Mairi Hedderwick making a popular return, and a warm welcome being extended to the award-winning Malachy Tallack.
And the infamous Loopallu fringe will play host to Rhythmreel, Little Mammoths, Ruairidh Maclean, Sons of the Soil, Will & the Wild Horse, Vic Galloway, and of course Davy & the Hosebeast.
But how to send off the little fest in the west in style, make sure things go with a real bang?
“There is only one way,” say organisers. “Closing the main stage on the Saturday night, and the final ever Loopallu act, will be The Vatersay Boys!”
Taking place on Friday, September 29th and Saturday, September 30th, festival camping is no long available in the village, however Ardmair Holiday Park, located approximately two miles north of Ullapool, still has availability. To find out more visit www.ardmair.com
And for further information about Loopallu 2017, visit www.loopallu.co.uk
As the Loopallu organisers add: “The whole team would like to say a big thank you to all who have come over the years, your support and enthusiasm made the event what it was and what it is. Loopallu may come back in the future in a different guise, but for now let’s have a party one last time. Loopallu is dead. Long live Loopallu!”