Local News for Tuesday 19th July 2016
Record breaking HebCelt
The weekend’s Hebridean Celtic Festival smashed all records with the most successful event in its 21-year history. An estimated 18,000 people – by far the highest audience yet – savoured four days of outstanding music in Stornoway and surrounding communities. Rock legends Runrig, who brought the festival to a close on Saturday night, led the praise for this year’s event. 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.”
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Local News for Monday 18th July 2016
HebCelt sell-out a Runrig-away success
The 21st Hebridean Celtic Festival was a runaway success, closing on a sold-out high, with headliners Runrig delighting the crowds. Heavy rain through the weekend did nothing to dampen the spirits of festival-goers, who donned their wellies and waterproofs to sample the best the festival had to offer. A team of volunteers, made up of local helpers as well as visitors from around the world, contributed over 3,500 unpaid man-hours over the course of the four-day festival, to ensure everything went to plan. Volunteer teams including Coastguards also formed part of the safety planning for the event, which saw the population of Stornoway doubled for the long weekend. A police spokesman said that it was a fantastic event with a great family atmosphere, and thanked those attending for the way they conducted themselves.
Isles FM maintained live coverage throughout the festival, with acts including Breabach, Whisky Kiss and Skipinnish in the studio during 20 hours of live broadcasting. Over 65,000 people had viewed updates, videos and photos on the Isles FM Facebook page by yesterday evening.
Read more: Local News for Monday 18th July 2016