Fi­nal fling for Loopallu – or is it?

Or­gan­is­ers ex­plor­ing op­tions af­ter crowds flock to see live mu­sic

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - FRONT PAGE - BY RITA CAMP­BELL

Loopallu or­gan­is­ers are now won­der­ing what to do af­ter the “last ever fes­ti­val”.

The fi­nal fling for the event was such a roar­ing suc­cess that or­gan­is­ers are now hint­ing at some form of event next year.

See our full round-up and all the pic­tures from Ul­lapool.

They say it’s all over – but is it now?

What was billed as the last ever Loopallu was such a roar­ing suc­cess at the week­end that or­gan­is­ers are now ques­tion­ing what to do next and hint­ing at some form of event next year.

The fes­ti­val has brought big names from the mu­sic world to Ul­lapool in the High­lands for more than a decade.

How­ever, or­gan­is­ers had ex­pe­ri­enced prob­lems seek­ing a lo­ca­tion for the events tent and de­cided to make this Loopallu the last.

On Fri­day, mu­sic lovers en­joyed The View, the Pi­geon De­tec­tives, Tide Lines, Bomb­scare, Sam Fender and Neon Waltz as they took to the stage.

Satur­day’s line up in­cluded The Vater­say Boys, Glasve­gas, Turin Brakes, Hunter and the Bear, The Rezil­los, Wil­lie Camp­bell, Calum Beat­tie, The Howl and the Hum and Lit­tle Mam­moths.

Or­gan­iser Robert Hicks, of Be­yond Events Presents and Mid­dle of Nowhere Record­ings, said: “It went ex­cep­tion­ally well. We were blessed with the weather. The Loopallu mas­sive did what they al­ways do. They all came and had a great party. The at­mos­phere was in­cred­i­ble.

“The new site at the har­bour was re­ally em­braced, the feed­back has been over­whelm­ing. It is very hum­bling.

“It was very emo­tional. It makes you re­alise how for­tu­nate you are to have such an amaz­ing group of friends all come to­gether to put it on. It is an amaz­ing ex­tended fam­ily, and of course the peo­ple who come ev­ery year and live for the fes­ti­val.

“I was be­ing stopped by ev­ery other per­son to tell me about their Loopallu ex­pe­ri­ence, peo­ple from all over the UK. It was just so hum­bling.

“I was dragged up on stage with the crowd roar­ing at me to have one year. We have got to let the dust set­tle. So many peo­ple have said to me they are book­ing for next year and if some­thing hap­pens, it does, and if it doesn’t they are still com­ing to Ul­lapool and hav­ing a party.”

He said the new venue at the har­bour went down a treat.

“Loopallu has al­ways been about Ul­lapool and this was right in the heart of the vil­lage,” he said. “It felt so right be­ing there.

“We have to say a spe­cial thanks to the har­bour mas­ter and trustees and all of the peo­ple who go about their daily work there for al­low­ing us to com­man­deer their pier for a week.

“It leaves a big ques­tion mark over what hap­pens next. It’s food for thought.”

Fa­mous acts grac­ing the stage over the years have in­cluded Paolo Nu­tini, Mum­ford and Sons, Twin At­lantic, the Tran­glers and Franz Fer­di­nand.

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

HANDS IN THE AIR: Bomb­skare on stage at the fi­nal Loopallu fes­ti­val

The Won­der Stuff belt­ing out a tune

Head­lin­ers Glasve­gas on stage

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