Cur­tains down on High­land mu­sic fes­ti­val

Fi­nal show for event that has at­tracted top per­form­ers to High­lands

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MICHELLE HEN­DER­SON

It has at­tracted big names from the mu­sic world to a quiet cor­ner of the High­lands for more than a decade.

But to­day, Wester Ross’s Loopallu mu­sic fes­ti­val takes its fi­nal bow.

Guests warm­ing up the stage last night in­cluded The View, the Pi­geon De­tec­tives, Tide Lines and Bomb­skare.

It has at­tracted big names from the mu­sic world to a quiet cor­ner of the High­lands for more than a decade.

But to­day, Wester Ross’s Loopallu mu­sic fes­ti­val takes its fi­nal bow.

Mu­si­cal guests warm­ing up the stage last night in­cluded The View, the Pi­geon De­tec­tives, Tide Lines and Bomb­skare, as well as Sam Fen­der and Neon Waltz.

Satur­days line up is set to last from noon till night as mu­sic geusts The Vater­say Boys, Glasve­gas, Turin Brakes and Hunter and the Bear kick­ing off fes­tiv­i­ties, with The Rezil­los, Wil­lie Campbell and TTs. Calum Beattie, The Howl and the Hum and Lit­tle Mam­moths play­ing the fes­ti­val out in style.

Ul­lapool and dis­trict Ju­nior Pipe Band opened the event for a fi­nal time yes­ter­day, mark­ing an end to an era for the group.

Band chair­man Gra­ham Ross, spoke of the mark the fes­ti­val has left on the young­sters and how will surely be missed by ev­ery­one.

He said: “Ul­lapool and Dis­trict Ju­nior Pipe Band has opened the Loopallu fes­ti­val every year since it started 13 years ago. It will def­i­nitely be missed by the whole com­mu­nity but par­tic­u­larly by the young­sters, as for many of them it is the only time they get the op­por­tu­nity to see and hear world class mu­si­cians.”

The fes­ti­val, which has had a beach­side venue since it be­gan, has been based at the pier this year, look­ing out onto the stun­ning back­drop of Ul­lapool for a fi­nal time. The rea­son for the with­drawal of the event comes from or­gan­is­ers fol­low­ing prob­lems seek­ing a lo­ca­tion for the events tent.

Lach­lan Robert­son, gen­eral manger of The Seaforth Bar and Restau­rant added: “Loopallu has been ab­soit lutely amaz­ing each and every year, it will be sorely missed by all of us here at The Seaforth.

“The Fes­ti­val brings the whole vil­lage to­gether for a big send off to the Sea­son along­side vis­i­tors from all over the Globe. We look for­ward to Robert Hick’s plans for the next rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of Loopallu in the com­ing years.”

“Loopallu has been ab­so­lutely amaz­ing each and every year”

HAV­ING A BLAST: Bomb­skare get the crowd go­ing last night at af­ter Ul­lapool and dis­trict Ju­nior Pipe Band opened the fes­ti­val for the last time

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