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Entertainment / Four venues and lots of music at Bop Shop festival

A NEW multi-venue music event catering for all tastes is set to be held this summer.

Boppapalooza – a play on names of organisers The Bop Shop and iconic US festival Lollapalooza – will take place all day across Lerwick on Saturday 3 June.

Mirroring the Oxjam festival of the early 2010s, for example, punters pay for one wristband but can attend a choice of four venues from afternoon to night.

Among the first batch of artists announced for the event are Arthur Nicholson, Odesa and High Level Hot Club.

The venues involved is the Mareel bar (1pm to 6pm), upstairs of the Trench bar (3pm to 8pm), the downstairs of Islesburgh (8pm to 12.30am) and the Trench club (10.30pm to 3am).

With a variety of styles on offer the festival has been described as a “must for any music lover”.

The daytime event at the Trench, for example, will cater for metal/rock, whilst DJs will see out the night.

It will be an 18+ day, but under 18s may accompany a wristbanded adult to the family-friendly Mareel bar afternoon gig.

The Bop Shop chairman Lyall Halcrow said with 20 acts booked so far, “it’s going to be a full day of fantastic local music”.

The Bop Shop is a creative hub based in Lerwick which hosts a pop-up record shop once a month.

“We’ve got everything from singer/songwriters like Arthur Nicholson and Charity Johnson, rock and metal bands like Ten Tonne Dozer and Sheer, and DJs like Drosso from Basement Monkeys and Another James,” Halcrow said.

“We’ll be releasing the full line-up in parts across this week so keep an eye out on our Facebook/Instagram.”

The Bop Shop chairman Lyall Halcrow. Photo: The Bop Shop

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Inspiration for the event has come from previous multi-venue events like Oxjam and Shetland Blues Festival, as well as Glasgow’s Stag and Dagger.

Halcrow said The Bop Shop has been planning a local festival for a while, and “it’s a format Lerwick is perfect for as there are lots of amazing venues across town”.

“Boppapalooza is a play on the legendary alternative Lollapalooza festival and we hope to take some of the excitement and energy from that to Lerwick,” he added.

“Our theme for the festival is psychedelic thanks to the fantastic artwork and vision from our very own Bop Shop volunteer Jenny Brown.”

It comes after the Tall Ships team recently announced its full entertainment line-up for the July event – suggesting the summer stands to be one to remember for music fans in Shetland.

Tickets for Boppapalooza are available now online priced at £18.

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