HebCelt & UHI Outer Hebrides provide for new opportunities for musicians at 25th anniversary event.

HebCelt and UHI Outer Hebrides are celebrating their continued partnership in the festival’s 25th year.

Over the last 25 years over 30 UHI alumni have graced the HebCelt stage including members of Tidelines, Elephant Sessions, Breabach and many more.

For UHI students and graduates, the HebCelt festival provides an important international professional platform to perform, network, develop and progress their careers.

As well as being the proud sponsor of HebCelt’s acoustic stage, UHI Outer Hebrides has worked with HebCelt over the last five years to provide opportunities for up and coming musicians to win an opportunity to take to the HebCelt stage.

Following their win in 2020, Eriska will finally take to the stage after a delay caused by the Covid Pandemic. The band commented. "We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as winners of the UHI Outer Hebrides Competition. Since forming the band in 2016, we have dreamed of playing at some of the biggest festivals and stages; and HebCelt was certainly part of this wish list.

“Having attended the festival as spectators before, taking the step to now play at the festival is a dream come true and we hope will open so many more doors for us to play at festivals far and wide. To say we are ecstatic is an understatement and are working extremely hard in preparation for the festival this July."

UHI Outer Hebrides Principal Sue Macfarlane said: “Both UHI Outer Hebrides and the HebCelt Festival have important roles in promoting the opportunities our islands offer whilst  highlighting the Hebrides as a unique and attractive place to visit, live, work and study.”

HebCelt Deputy Festival Director Graham McCallum said: “Our partnership with UHI Outer Hebrides is very important to us. We have always been committed to providing opportunities for local musicians, students and others, to be involved in the festival. We look forward to continued collaboration with them and welcome their support for the acoustic stage. We are sure that Eriska will be a great addition to this year’s programme.”

The College will also be hosting a competition for their students to win tickets to the sold-out festival. All they have to do is share their photos of their student experience at UHI Outer Hebrides on social media for the chance to win. They can share photo, video or blog online with the hashtag #UHIOuterHebrides for the chance to win. Follow the UHI Outer Hebrides social media for more information.

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About HebCelt

The Hebridean Celtic Festival Trust is a not-for-profit charitable organisation firmly rooted within its community and is almost entirely managed and produced by voluntary effort.

Over its history, the festival has grown from a small event attracting less than 1,000 fans to an international showpiece for roots, Celtic and traditional music, with annual attendances topping 18,000. In that time, it has generated more than £30 million for the local economy. It was crowned Best Cultural Event or Festival at the 2018 Scottish Thistle Awards and it won a Highly Commended accolade at A Greener Festival Awards. It also scooped the Festival of the Year award and the Grand Prix prize at the 2018 Scottish Event Awards and has twice been named Best Cultural Event or Festival in the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards. 

During the last two years the event has focused on creating digital content and streaming. The move back to a live event in 2022 is the much anticipated 25th anniversary of HebCelt.