Runrig praise most successful HebCelt yet

Officially the best ever HebCelt!
Officially the best ever HebCelt!

The Hebridean Celtic Festival came of age in style by smashing all records and enjoying the most successful event in its 21-year history.

An estimated 18,000 people – by far the event’s highest audience – savoured four days of outstanding music in Stornoway and surrounding communities.

Scottish rock legends Runrig, who brought the festival to a close on Saturday night, led the praise for this year’s event which brings a huge economic boost to the islands.

Keyboard player Brian Hurren said: “It was incredible. The crowd was unbelievable. It was so good to hear Runrig’s music played at home, it just comes alive like nowhere else.

“It was definitely one of the top gigs the band have ever done.”

Drummer Iain Bayne posted on social media: “There are gigs and then there are experiences. We love every concert we play of course, but few can match HebCelt.

“What a crowd! The atmosphere and the energy were amazing. From the first beat to the last note we gave it everything. We were all on a high afterwards.

“Thanks for proving yet again that Stornoway is very, very hard to beat.”

Early Bird tickets for HebCelt 2017 go on sale tonight at 5p.m. via the HebCelt website -

Next year’s festival will be held from July 19th to 22nd, to be held from 19-22 July 2017.