Early bird tickets for HebCelt 2014 go on sale

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A limited number of Early Bird tickets go on sale this week for the 2014 Hebridean Celtic Festival which is looking to build on this year’s record-breaking event.

The tickets for the award-winning festival will be available to buy online at www.hebceltfest.com from 10am on Friday, 6 December.

And the even better news for music fans is that they are being held at 2013 prices of £70 for the weekend (£55 for concession and £15 for children under 14) for main arena events.

The 19th HebCelt, based in Stornoway in the island of Lewis, will be held from 16-19 July 2014.

Festival director Caroline Maclennan, said: “Last year’s festival was a resounding success but we are now looking forward to 2014 with the aim of making it even better.

“The advance tickets will make ideal Christmas gifts and put summer in the minds of our supporters during the winter months.”

The 2013 HebCelt, which was headlined by Van Morrison, Dougie MacLean, Capercailiie, the Battlefield Band and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, was the most successful in its 18-year history with ticket sales showing an increase of over 30 per cent on 2012.

Just over half the 16,000 festival-goers came from outside the Hebrides and the huge influx of visitors from across Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand, helped generate around £1 million for the local economy.

Last month HebCelt was hailed as one of the greenest festivals in the world after winning a prestigious environmental award.

It was the only Scottish festival to receive an Outstanding award from environmental campaign group A Greener Festival.

It was also shortlisted in the Greener Festival category in the UK Festival Awards, alongside nine other festivals, including Glastonbury.

Already this year, HebCelt was selected for the third year in succession as one of the top ten UK summer festivals by music magazine Songlines and was shortlisted in the Best Independent Festival category in the AIM Independent Music Awards.

In 2011 it was ranked Best Large Festival at the industry-sponsored Scottish Event Awards and it won Best Event of the Year award at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in 2004 and 2009.