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HebCelt 2016: music festivals in Scotland




admin posted 8 years ago

Updated: 28 March 2016



HebCelt started out as a small music festival in the Hebrides with less than 1,000 visitors. HebCelt 2016 celebrates its 21st birthday in 2016 as an international event showcasing roots, Celtic and traditional music.


HebCelt Festival site


Fans of  Celtic music should put HebCelt 2016 in their diaries. The multi-award winning HebCelt (Hebridean Celtic Festival) is back 13 – 16 July 2016. The location for this music festival is the Scottish Hebridean island of Lewis with its distinctive Gaelic culture and heritage.

The bands and artists are chosen as a celebration of Celtic culture and embraces indie-folk, contemporary traditional, rock and world music. Stornoway’s Lews Castle grounds offers a suitable setting for the event’s main arena with a beautiful grassy area on the edge of the sea. HebCelt also takes place at other venues around the island.

HebCelt 2016 line-up

HebCelt 2016 brings you Scottish rock legends Runrig, international singing star Julie Fowlis, American ‘rockgrass’ band Hayseed Dixie and multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer John McCusker. It will also feature Orkney four-piece Fara and folk trio Talisk. Both acts were nominated in the Up and Coming Artist of the Year category in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.

“Bagrock” phenomenon the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, singer songwriter King Creosote and the re-formed indie band Astrid are also on the bill. King Creosote, aka Kenny Anderson, is a brilliant singer songwriter and one of our favourites (see our King Creosote post) so if you’re going make sure you see him making his HebCelt debut.

Other acts on the HebCelt 2016 line-up are:

  • Runrig
  • Julie Fowlis
  • Hayseed Dixie
  • King Creosote
  • Fara
  • Talisk
  • RURA
  • Blue Rose Code
  • Bella and The Bear
  • Hazey Janes
  • Rusty Shackle
  • Sink Ships
  • Urban Teuchtars
  • Whisky Kiss
  • Hunter & The Bear
  • Woodenbox
  • Something Someone

Find out more and buy tickets

Visit the official HebCelt 2016 website to find out all you need to know about HebCelt. If you’re going to the festival, why not make it part of a longer trip and spend a week or two exploring the beautiful Outer Hebrides.


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