MUSIC fans will have the chance tomorrow (Friday, December 7th) to book their place at one of next year’s hottest events as a limited number of advance tickets are being made available online for the Hebridean Celtic Festival, its 18th birthday in 2013.
The event is being held from July 17th to 20th next year and tickets are being held at this year’s prices of £70 for the four days (£55 for concession and £15 for children under 14) They can be bought on the festival website – www.hebceltfest.com – from 10am.
The 2012 event - which was headlined by The Waterboys, The Proclaimers and Kassidy – saw a major expansion in programming and attracted visitors from 19 different countries.
Festival director Caroline Maclennan, said: “During the cold dark nights of winter it’s nice to look forward to the warm summer evenings with the festival in full swing.
“The advance tickets will make an ideal Christmas gift and also allow people who travel from afar to plan ahead and look forward to our 18th birthday party.”
She added: “Our unique setting and mixture of established names and promising new acts is a winning combination and we hope next year, being a significant milestone for us, will make the event especially memorable.”
This year the HebCelt Festival saw visitors from Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and the US make the journey to Lewis, as well as many from across the UK.
The overseas contingent helped swell the ranks of the 120-strong volunteer army which worked behind the scenes, contributing over 3,500 unpaid man hours over the course of the four days.