Celtic Connections 2016

Thursday 14th January to Monday 1st February 2016
various venues, Glasgow, City of Glasgow, G2 3NY, Scotland MAP
various - from FREE to around £35
Daily capacity: 25,000
Last updated: Mon 11th Jan 2016

One of Scotland's most predominant mid-winter music festivals, which attracts the Celtic and World music talent from around the globe, with more than 150 acts performing around the city of Glasgow. Celtic Connections takes place from Thursday 14th until Monday 31st February 2016.


Latest additions The Nectarine No9, The Secret Goldfish, The Leopards, Honeyblood, Matthew E. White, Mairearad Green and Anna Massie, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Robyn Stapleton & Claire Hastings, George Duff, Kevin Macleod, John Martin, Bixiga 70, Jyotsna Srikanth, Dr Dhananjay Daithanker, Greg Trooper, The James Brothers, Addictive TV, Broken Back, Bella Hardy, Jimmie Macgregor, Annie Grace, Lauren MacColl, Tim Edey, Bella and the Bear, Teen Canteen, Have Mercy Las Vegas, Findlay Napier, Dean Owens, and Maya Youssef.

They join Baaba Maal, Robert Plant, The Chieftains, Eddi Reader, Turin Brakes, Vieux Farka Toure, Hannah Fisher, Skipinnish, Leo & Anto, Sam Lee & Friends, Sturgill Simpson, Afro Celt Sound System, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Solas, Lau, Admiral Fallow, Hannah Lou Clark, The Unthanks, Flavia Coelho, Cheikh Lo, Lynched, Clype, Dallahan, Rickie Lee Jones, Trembling Bells, Hamish Napier, Noah Gundersen, Angaleena Presley, Toumani Diabate, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Altan, Seckou Keita, Emma Pollock, Mo Kenney, Trio Da Kali, Feis Rois, Lera Lynn, Admiral Fallow, 9Bach, Nuala Kennedy, Himmerland, Iain Morrison, Blue Rose Code, Blick Bassy, AnDa Union, RANT, Kimmie Rhodes, Rod Picott, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Grainne Holland, Skerryvore, We Banjo 3, Rhiannon Giddens, Jarlath Henderson, This Is The Kit, King Charles, Frazey Ford Ola Onabule, Eliza Shaddad, Aidan O'Rourke Trio, Siobhan Wilson, Olivia Chaney, Patty Griffin, Oysters3, Granny Green, Mike & Ruthy, John Langan Band, Zoufris Maracas, The Wainwright Sisters, Ethan Johns, The Karrnnel Sawitsky Trio, Daimh, Les Poules a Colin, Tional, Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, Strathspey, Surreal, Scott Wood Band, Mec Lir, Iain MacFarlane, Gavin James, Noah Gundersen, Kathleen MacInnes, Brian Finnegan, The Lone Bellow, The Small Glories, Dermot Byrne, Gathering Stream, Talisk, Jason Singh, Inni-K, Mike Vass, Kornog and Pennou Skoulm, Chris Wood, Boys of the Lough, Buttons & Bows, The Bathers, Jenny Ritter Band, Lindi Ortega, Sarah Hayes, Moving Hearts, Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn, Kris Drever, Teddy Thompson, Holly Macve, Ron Pope & The Nighthawks, Lucinda Williams, Jason Isbell, John Grant, Rachel Sermanni, James Yorkston, The Pictish Trail, Withered Hand, They Might Be Giants, and 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band & Guests presenting 'Live in Ireland 87' Piping Concert.

For a breakdown of the acts confirmed, click here.

More than 2,500 artists will take part in 300 events in over 20 venues across Glasgow. Plus the nightly Celtic Connections Festival Club, and Late Night Sessions at The Concert Hall.


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Ticket prices vary from FREE to around £35.


Various venues across Glasgow are utilised for Celtic Connections such as the Main Auditorium in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, O2 ABC, The Tron, Òran Mór, The Mitchell Theatre, City Halls, Kelvingrove, St Andrews in the Square and the Old Fruitmarket will all play host to Celtic Connections events. Celtic Connections 2014 will also use the brand new SSE Hydro, Scotland's biggest ever music venue.

Many events sell out very quickly and as well as the predictably popular artists, there are also many specialist events.


Other highlights to expect include the nightly Celtic Connections Festival Club (for season ticket holders), free schools concerts in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the free Open Stage Sessions at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall Exhibition Hall, workshops every weekend, ceilidhs, late night sessions, talks, films and dance.

More information will be here when available.

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