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Paolo Nutini to play at Loopallu

Paolo Nutini
Image caption The singer will play at the Loopallu festival later this month

Singer Paolo Nutini will headline at the Loopallu Festival in the Highlands later this month.

The Paisley-born singer is due to play on the opening night of the festival, which is billed as the 'smallest fest in the west.'

Situated in Ullapool, on the shores of Loch Broom, Loopallu began five years ago and aims to be the perfect way to spend the end of the festival season.

The two-day event begins on the 17 September.

'Welcome return'

Festival Director Robert Hicks said: "Words can't describe my excitement in having Paolo, one of the biggest artists on the planet, coming to headline this year's Loopallu.

"Every morning for months now I've re-checked the confirmation e-mail to make sure I'm not been imagining it, and in two weeks that dream will come true.

"It also marks a welcome return to Ullapool for Paolo who last played five years ago, and coincidently met local sound engineer Graham 'Hutch' Hutchinson, who has toured the world with him ever since.

"Once again Loopallu has delivered a world-beating headliner and proves, at only 2,500 capacity, small is definitely beautiful."

Paolo's manager Brendan Moon said: "Paolo wanted to play because he is the kind of guy who doesn't forget people who have helped him out.

"Back when Paolo was about 16, Robert gave him gigs all over the north of Scotland when it was hard to get gigs, just because he liked the music and is always keen to help new acts.

"So the chance to return the favour was too good to miss, seeing one of the biggest artists in Europe right now in a tent playing to 2,500 people will be great for fans."

Other acts appearing over the weekend are The Magic Numbers, Idlewild, and comedian Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds.

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