Local News for Thursday 30th June 2016
HebCelt heading for sell-out
The 21st Hebridean Celtic Festival is heading for a sell-out, with tickets going faster than they have done in any of the previous 20 years. Two weeks before the opening night on July 13th, HebCelt 21 is already the highest grossing on sales. All weekend tickets have been sold, as have those for the opening and closing nights, and for the concert by Skipinnish at An Lanntair, with just a limited number of main arena tickets still on sale for Friday. Half the HebCelt audience will come from off the island, bringing an economic boom for the Western Isles. News that Runrig were making their fourth appearance at the festival led to an unprecedented demand for early tickets from fans as far afield as the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Several hundred were snapped up within hours of going on sale. Runrig will be among nearly 50 acts including the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Hayseed Dixie, Astrid, Julie Fowlis, King Creosote and Eddi Reader. Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: "This is easily our best performance ever, with big spikes firstly when we announced Runrig and put weekend tickets on sale back in November, and then when we released day tickets. Since then sales have remained very healthy and we are heading for a sell-out across most events”.