Monday, August 10, 2009

Loopallu festival

THE View have been confirmed as headliners of the opening night of the intimate Loopallu festival in Ullapool.

The Dundee rockers will close the main stage at the picturesque event on September 18, joining the likes of the Lightning Seeds and Kid British for the two-day gig.

The band's Kieren Webster said: "It's really nice doing an unusual one like this. It's a really good festival and we have played there before. It's a small crowd but a good atmosphere.

"It's an amazing location and a really nice part of the world to see from the stage.

"It's out of the way too, you have to travel a bit to find it.

"That's part of the whole festival experience - the journey there and back being an expedition."

Kieren reckons it's vital that big bands step down to play grassroots festival such as Loopallu as well as the big events on the summer circuit.

"It is really important now to have the small festivals like this because the big ones are so commercial. You don't get the quirky wee things," he said.

"At wee ones, you have cool little market stalls and things - little side acts and all sorts of strange stuff you don't find at the commercial ones.

"You see things you wouldn't usually see but at the big ones, you plan out the huge bands you want to see and that's all you see.

"Festivals such as Loopallu are a bit more wacky and quirky. I think it gives them an edge over most of the bigger ones. The spirit of Loopallu is more like the original idea of what a festival was back in the early days."

The View first played the festival three years ago, just months before they made it big with their debut album Hats Off For The Buskers.

Kieren is excited at reliving memories of a time in his music career which he will always cherish.

"It's cool going back down to that size of crowd," he said. "We just did a Dutch gig with around 2500 people, which was brilliant. It takes us back to the 2006 summer festivals when we were just taking off.

"We did Belladrum and Loopallu that year, so heading up there again is special. It was the best summer I have ever had."

The band played a bittersweet final gig at their beloved Doghouse venue in Dundee on Friday night and Kieren admits it was nice to give the old place a good send off.

He said: "It is sad to see the Dog go but we got one last hurrah."

Next up for the guys - Kieren, Kyle Falconer, Peter Reilly and Steven Morrison - is a return to writing.

Kieren said: "We will finish off the festival season and then get stuck in to writing and rehearsing again.

"It will be amazing to be making music together for a while instead of doing it on the road."

By Mickey McMonagle, Daily Record 10th August 2009


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