Arts / All-day music bonanza well underway

Zdenka on stage at Mareel on Saturday afternoon. From left to right: Chris Coles, Zdenka Mlynáriková, Rowen Thomson, Lewis Hall. Photo: The Bop Shop

SHETLAND’s newest festival Boppapalooza kicked off earlier today (Saturday) to start nearly 15 hours of local live music across three venues.

Mareel’s doors opened for the sold-out event at midday, with acts like High Level Hot Club and Arthur Nicholson among the first batch of acts.

Arthur Nicholson was the second act on at Mareel. Photo: The Bop Shop

The arts venue is hosting music until 6pm, with rock and metal bands on at the Trench bar from 3pm to 8.30pm.

There will be music at Islesburgh from 7pm to 12.30am, with DJs rounding off the night back at Trench from 10.30pm to 3am.

There are a total of 25 acts performing throughout the day – with punters receiving one wristband to given access all three venues.

The event is being put on by local charity The Bop Shop, with tickets selling out weeks ago.

Chairman Lyall Halcrow said the reaction to the event has been “absolutely fantastic”.

For those who missed out on tickets, many of the acts will be performing at the Tall Ships Races in Lerwick in late July.

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