“Best yet” — Loopallu festival marks 10th anniversary at Ullapool

Music fans enjoyed a treat last weekend as the Loopallu music festival celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The sold-out festival, held on the shore of Loch Broom in Ullapool, saw headline performances by Twin Atlantic, Utah Saints, The Undertones and Shed Seven last Friday and Saturday.

Organiser Robert Hicks said that it had been an “incredible” weekend, with revellers calling it the best yet.

Highlights for him included Shed Seven and Twin Atlantic, both acts he has worked with for several years, and Australian Kim Churchill and Hunter and the Bear.

“They were two standouts for me. Kim is virtually unknown over here and people were running out of the tent to get their friends in, while for Hunter and the Bear it was something of a homecoming as frontman Will Irvine is from Achiltibuie,” he said.

The new Literally Literary tent, created in conjunction with the Ullapool Book Festival, also proved a hit, with authors including Christopher Brookmyre, Mairi Hedderwick, Doug Johnstone, Vic Galloway and Aidan Moffat – better known as the frontman for Arab Strap – making appearances.

Mr Hicks said: “It was an incredible success. There were queues waiting – the problem was the tent wasn’t big enough! We were blessed to have these authors take part and will have to look at expanding it next year. Even when talks weren’t on, people were coming in and chilling out, reading books provided, which was wonderful.”

He added that early-bird tickets for next year’s event should be available soon.