The 23rd annual Hebridean Celtic Festival will take place at Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st July 2018.
Acts confirmed so far include:- Skipinnish, Blazin' Fiddles, Tide Lines, Deacon Blue, The Tumbling Souls, Kinnaris Quintet, Trail West, Vishten, Yves Lambert Trio, Iona Fyfe, Colin Macleod, and Habadekuk.
For all of the details so far including day splits 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 tickets are priced at £93 for adults, £83 for concessions, or £30 for children (7-14). Those aged 6 can under can attend for free.
Day tickets are also available.
There are good public transport links, flights available to Stornoway and a regular ferry service.
As part of a green initiative, Hebcelt is banning single-use plastics from its site.
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.
Hebcelt is running a competition for young artists between 18-25 to play at the festival and record at a studio with accommodation, plus £500 of expenses. Submissions must be entered by midnight on Saturday 14th April, for more information see the competition page here.
There will be more information here when available.
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