Make sure HebCelt gives it some welly

Give HebCelt your vote for the Golden Welly. Photo: Colin Cameron
Give HebCelt your vote for the Golden Welly. Photo: Colin Cameron

With the Hebridean Celtic Festival about to start, music fans have a chance to help the event scoop another award.

Public voting started yesterday (Monday, July 15th) in the AIM Independent Music Awards 2013 – with HebCelt entered in the ‘Best Independent Festival’ category and the chance to win the Golden Welly Award, sponsored by UK Music.

Fans will have until July 29th to register a vote by using the link –

HebCelt director Caroline MacLennan said: “We hope people will take the time to vote for HebCelt and give us a chance to win this award which would bring more attention to our event which is now an international occasion and economically, culturally and musically important to the Hebrides.”

The festival with the most votes will win, although votes are weighted according to festival capacity so the bigger festivals are no more likely to win than the smaller ones.

The five festivals with the most votes will make it to a short-list to be announced on August 6th at the Gibson Guitar Studios in London, and the final winner will be announced at the AIM Awards ceremony on September 3rd.

This year HebCelt has already been selected for the third year in succession as one of the top ten UK summer festivals by music magazine Songlines.

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.