All Good Things Must Come to an End!

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Tuesday July 25 2017

One Last Time for Loopallu.

It has just been announced that this year’s Loopallu will be the last one.

It is with a heavy heart that the organisers decided that the 13th outing is going to be the last.

But, there’s no time to be sad, it’s time to celebrate what has made Loopallu so special over the years.

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.

It’s time to bring back some of the favourite acts over the years, but also introduce some new ones too; some established household names and some stars of the future.

The View are returning as Friday headliners who will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album ‘Hats Off To The Buskers’ by playing it in full.

There is a warm welcome for the first time of indie darlings Glasvegas who will top the bill on Saturday night.

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.

The Rezillos keep up the reputation of great punk acts at Loopallu.

Already announced The Pigeon Detectives bring an explosive energy to the stage that you’ve come to expect.

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 you new acts that excite and this year is no exception so make sure you get along early for 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.

And not to forget that over the years in association with Ullapool Book Festival there have been some incredible names from the literary world and the intention is to end in style with no other than the legendary Ian Rankin, children’s favourite Mairi Hedderwick makes a popular return, and a warm welcome is extended to the award-winning Malachy Tallack

The infamous fringe will play host to Rhythmnreel, Little Mammoths, Ruairidh Maclean, Sons of the Soil, Will & the Wild Horse, Vic Galloway and of course Davy & the Hosebeast.

How do you make any send-off go with a real bang?

There is only one way, closing the main stage on Saturday night, and the final ever Loopallu act will be The Vatersay Boys.

Although camping is no longer available in the village, Ardmair holiday park, located approximately two miles north of Ullapool still have availability. www.ardmair.com  

Loopallu may come back in the future in a different guise, but for now it’s time for one last massive party.

Loopallu is dead. Long live Loopallu!

 

 

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