first acts announced for HebCelt Festival

Afro Celt Sound System, Treacherous Orchestra, and The Elephant Sessions

By Scott Williams | Published: Thu 8th Jan 2015

Afro Celt Sound System

Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th July 2015
Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS1 2BW, Scotland MAP
£79 for a weekend ticket
Daily capacity: 16,000
Last updated: Thu 11th Jun 2015

Afro Celt Sound System, Treacherous Orchestra, and The Elephant Sessions are the first names to be announced for the 20th Hebridean Celtic Festival.

Musician, composer and producer of Afro Celt Sound System, James McNally, said, "Afro Celt Sound System are delighted to be heading back to Lewis to perform at Heb Celt 20. It is one of our favourite festivals on the planet.

“"We know that 2015 is a very special year for the festival with it being the 20th anniversary and the main reason we wanted to celebrate with you all is that it's our own 20th anniversary too. Let's just say it's going to be one hell of a party."

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.

HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan added, "Our first three acts for 2015 offer an exciting and diverse mix of music for our audience.

"The Afro Celt Sound System draw on music from across the world and are a fantastic act to see as well as hear. Treacherous Orchestra have some absolutely wonderful musicians and are a powerhouse on stage. The Elephant Sessions are one of the fine, new generation of bands, as their recent award success has shown.

"We are determined to make this year one of the best parties in HebCelt’s history combining some festival favourites with the best of emerging artists and our programme should reflect that."

The 20th HebCelt, based in Stornoway in the island of Lewis, Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland from Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th of July 2015

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Tickets 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.

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