The 21st HebCelt coming of age party got off to a stunning start at the main arena site on Lews Castle Green last night (Thursday).
The weather gods - kept the rain away, just about - although a few uninvited midgie guests were on the prowl.
The first music of the night was seen from Yorkshire lass, singer songwriter Bella Gaffney, who won a prestigious stage slot at HebCelt as one of nine finalists in the CalMac Culture Music contest.
She entertained guests at the reception held for sponsors and supporters of the event. If you would like to catch Bella you can see her this afternoon at 4.50pm on the Acoustic Stage.
The main tents fired up at 7pm when Dundee quartet ‘The Hazey Janes’ got the music underway on the Islands Stage (see a snippet from their performance in our video).
Later in the evening and the crowds were piling in to see ‘Hayseed Dixie’ on the main stage and their set went down a storm with the appreciative audience.
See a full review of Thursday’s bands and entertainment at HebCelt in next week’s Stornoway Gazette out on Thursday, July 21st.
And keep up to date with all the news and video snippets from the festival at: www.stornowaygazette.co.uk