HebCelt organisers have been forced to cancel 'rolled-over' 2020 festival due to continuing Covid restrictions.

HebCelt organisers have announced that the postponed 2020 festival will now NOT take place.

By John A. MacInnes
Wednesday, 3rd February 2021, 8:07 am
HebCelt organisers are gutted that they will be unable to put on their festival as normal this year.
HebCelt organisers are gutted that they will be unable to put on their festival as normal this year.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic they have been forced to make the decision to cancel the rolled over HebCelt.

A spokesman said: “The HebCelt team continues to work hard to plan for an event in 2021. The ideal situation would be a return to the kind of music and live performances that we have all come to enjoy. However, as everyone will likely know, Covid-19 and its restrictions continue to pose unique challenges which we have been working to mitigate.

“While vaccinations may bring some return to normality at some point this year, it is looking increasingly like it will not happen in time for us to safely put in place the kind of HebCelt we recognise. We are therefore planning for a hybrid event this year and are considering how that can be realised, including exploring a mixture of live performance and the creation of unique digital content.

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“HebCelt is a vital part of the local economy and has showcased many of the best attributes of our culture and what the Outer Hebrides has to offer. This is why it will be important to find at least a ‘bridging’ solution that ensures an event of some kind takes place in 2021, with hopes to return fully in 2022.

“Many of our supporters who had purchased festival passes for 2020 have allowed those to ‘roll-over’ for use in 2021. We are hugely grateful for their backing.

"However, as we are unable to provide the event that those who bought tickets would expect, we can confirm your money remains safe and we are offering all those who still hold a rolled-over ticket a full refund.

"We ask for your patience while we work through this process. Ticket holders can expect to be contacted by email in the very near future.

“We are truly sorry to be sharing this news with you all and the utter disappointment is shared by all of us here on the team. We thank everyone for their understanding, love and support of the festival. However, we would like to assure you that we are working towards a plan for 2021, a key consideration of which is the safety and protection of HebCelt and our local community.

“We look forward to being able to share news and updates with you soon.”