MUSIC FANS URGED TO BOOK EARLY AS HEBCELT HITS 20

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Hebridean Celtic Festival

  • Limited number of HebCelt early bird tickets released before Christmas
  • Ideal presents with tickets held at 2014 prices
  • 2015 will mark two decades of showcasing Celtic music and Gaelic culture

A limited number of early bird tickets will go on sale next week for the award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival which is gearing up to mark its 20th anniversary in 2015.

The tickets for the internationally-acclaimed festival, which was voted Best Event or Festival at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards earlier this month, will be available to buy online at www.hebceltfest.com from 10am on Monday 1 December.

It’s an opportunity for fans to grab a bargain as they are being held at the 2014 prices of £79 for the weekend (£61 for concession and £19 for children under 14) for the main arena events.

The 20th HebCelt, based in Stornoway on Lewis, will be held from 15-18 July 2015.

Musicians from the festival will kick off the 20thanniversary year in style when they will be among Edinburgh’s first foot guests during the capital’s Hogmanay celebrations.

Artists representing HebCelt will perform at a special ceilidh being held as part of a series of free live gigs ‘hidden’ in ten spaces in the Old Town on 1 January.

Next year’s festival aims to build on a successful 2014 event which staged its biggest ever programme of 40 acts, headlined by Big Country, Levellers and Donnie Munro.

A huge influx of music fans from overseas made up the estimated 14,000 strong audience which proved a major economic boost for the islands.

Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: “2014 has been a very rewarding year; the festival was another great success and winning a major award was another massive achievement for the team.

“However, 2015 is a special year for us, and we’re already gearing up to make it the most memorable for our fans yet.

“The advance tickets for the 2015 festival will make an ideal Christmas present for our supporters, who can start looking forward to the summer months ahead.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

In 2013 HebCelt was hailed as one of the greenest festivals in the world after being the only Scottish event to receive an Outstanding award from environmental campaign group A Greener Festival. In addition, it was shortlisted in the Greener Festival category in the UK Festival Awards and in the Best Independent Festival category in the AIM Independent Music Awards.

In 2011 it was ranked Best Large Festival at the industry-sponsored Scottish Event Awards and it won Best Event of the Year award at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in 2004 and 2009.

For more information contact:

John Ross
Lucid PR
01463 724593; 07730 099617
johnross@lucidmessages.com

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The 19th HebCelt will be held between 16-19 July, 2014 and will have two main stages on the Castle Green in front of the Lews Castle in Stornoway, as well as performances in An Lanntair and throughout the rural community. The 2013 HebCelt was the most successful in its history with ticket sales up by more than 30%. Just over half the 16,000 festival-goers came from outside the Hebrides and the huge influx of visitors from across Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand, helped generate around £1 million for the local economy. Last year HebCelt was hailed as one of the greenest festivals in the world and was the only Scottish festival to receive an outstanding award from environmental campaign group A Greener Festival. It was also shortlisted in the Greener Festival Category in the UK Festival Awards. In addition to this, it was selected for the third year in succession as one of the top ten UK summer festivals by music magazine Songlines and was shortlisted in the Best Independent Festival category in the AIM Independent Music Awards.

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Early Bird tickets will be available to buy online at www.hebceltfest.com from 10am on Monday 1 December.
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2015 is a special year for us, and we’re already gearing up to make it the most memorable for our fans yet.
Festival director Caroline Maclennan