HebCelt early bird tickets

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A limited number of early bird tickets will go on sale next week ahead of Christmas for the award winning Hebridean Celtic Festival which is gearing up to mark its 20th anniversary in 2015.

The tickets for the internationally acclaimed festival, which was voted Best Event or Festival at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards earlier this month, will be available to buy online at www.hebceltfest.com from 10am on December 1st.

It’s an opportunity for fans to grab a bargain as they are being held at the 2014 prices.

The 20th HebCelt, based in Stornoway on Lewis, will be held from July 15 to 18, 2015.

Artists representing HebCelt will perform at a special ceilidh being held as part of a series of free live gigs ‘hidden’ in 10 spaces in Edinburgh’s old town on 1 January, as part of Hogmanay celebrations.

The 2014 HebCelt staged its biggest ever programme of 40 acts, headlined by Big Country, Levellers and Donnie Munro.

A huge influx of music fans from overseas made up the estimated 14,000 strong audience which proved a major economic boost for the islands.

Festival director Caroline Maclennan said last year’s festival was a resounding success, but organisers are now looking to 2015 which will mark two decades of showcasing Celtic music and Gaelic culture.

She said: “2014 has been a very rewarding year; the festival was another great success and winning a major award was another massive achievement for the team.

“However, 2015 is a special year for us, and we’re already gearing up to make it the most memorable for our fans yet.

“The advance tickets for the 2015 festival will make an ideal Christmas present for our supporters, who can start looking forward to the summer months ahead.”