The 22nd annual Hebridean Celtic Festival will take place at Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland from Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd July 2017.
Imelda May, The Waterboys, and Dougie MacLean, are the first headliners to be announced. Also confirmed are Tristan Horncastle, Shelley Bean & The Duckety Muds, The Lumber Jills, Skerryvore, Peatbog Faeries, Ímar, C. Macleod, Luke Jackson Trio, Lucy Spraggan, Tide Lines and competition winner Tamzene. Expect a line-up of music featuring top international artists set against the backdrop of the Gaelic culture and Hebridean heritage.
The acoustic stage will include performances by HECLA, Ryan Young, Zoe Bestel, Tristan Horncastle, Jose Duncan & Pablo Fuentes, Katee Kross, Brighde Chaimbeul and Siiga.
For the details so far, please see the line-up page.
Many complementary events are also hosted by community groups around Stornaway and the islands of Lewis and Harris catering for a variety of tastes both musical and otherwise. There are also workshops often given by many of the festival's performers, which includes masterclass sessions. Also included are the ever popular Gaelic language tasters, lectures and children's entertainment plus numerous pub sessions in Stornoway and the surrounding area. Art workshops will be given a historical twist, there's a fire show finale on Saturday.
Weekend arena tickets are priced at £90 for adults, £80 for concessions, £25 for 7-15 year olds and younger children can enter for free. Some other venues and performances are priced separately. Day tickets are also available.
Expect main stages. There will be food outlets and social areas separating the two stages. There's also a full programme of family entertainment, as well as a street arts programme with walkabout, workshops and fire shows. The announced workshops include Reel to Rattling Reel - a creative writing workshop led by Nalini Paul and Sarah Neely.
This year it is expected that the festival will be once again operating a cashless system for the bars through the introduction of bar tokens in an attempt to reduce queuing.
HebCelt organisers are also aiming to ease accommodation pressure in Stornoway by joining forces for the first time with Pitch Village to bring a new style of camping to the festival. Pitch Village will provide 50 tents initially – pre-pitched and fully-equipped - on a site at Willowglen, allowing festival goers the chance to pre-book accommodation for two to eight people. The site will also offer showers, toilets, storage facilities, phone charging and dedicated security.
The festival will be using Augmented Reality for the first time, interacting with the app Layar.
Live performances by several of the festival's acts, including headliners Dougie MacLean and Lucy Spraggan, will be broadcast on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal during the festival week.
There are good public transport links, flights available to Stornoway and a regular ferry service.
There will be more information here when available.
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