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The Proclaimers To Headline HebCelt Festival Main Stage 2023

The line-up for the beloved international music festival HebCelt has been announced, with iconic Scottish duo The Proclaimers headlining the Main Stage.

The infamous musical pair, who have been firm festival favourites over the years, will be joined by more than 35 artists performing across two stages over the course of the weekend at the vibrant Isle of Lewis event.

Recently crowned Event of the Year for the third time at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards and taking place between 12th and 15th July 2023 at the iconic Stornoway harbourside location, under the shadow of Lews Castle, weekend tickets for HebCelt are available now.

The festival’s 26th edition boasts an amazing line-up of the very best musical talent Scotland and the UK has to offer. Thursday will see Isle of Lewis country music band The Tumbling Souls and award-winning folk singer Siobhan Miller take to the Main Stage, with all-female folk quartet Fara headlining the Islands Stage.

On Friday, multi-award-winning power trio Talisk will entertain audiences on the Main Stage, while the Islands Stage will feature trad fusion band DLÙ, 2021’s Gaelic Singer of the Year Kim Carnie and neo-trad trio Project Smok.

On Saturday, The Proclaimers will headline the Main Stage, with five-piece folk group The Paul McKenna Band, the critically acclaimed Kinnaris Quintet and electronic celtic fusion outfit Niteworks also set to put on an incredible show for thousands of festival goers.

The line-up on the Islands Stage includes BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018 Hannah Rarity, dynamic three-piece The Langan Band and award-winning power-folk trio The Trials of Cato.

The festival will also see the return of its jam-packed fringe programme, bringing activities for all the family to the streets and venues of Stornoway.

Local audiences and fans from across the globe are expected to flock to the event which generated a £4.2 million boost to the Lewis economy this year and saw early bird tickets sell out in record time.

HebCelt Festival Director, Graham MacCallum, said: “It feels fantastic to unveil such an exciting line-up – we’ve packed it full of the very brightest stars from the Scottish music scene and beyond. The Proclaimers will be a spectacular headline act that we know will put a huge smile on our audience’s faces and have them singing and dancing all night long. We’re looking forward to making this the best HebCelt yet and can’t wait to welcome music lovers to the Hebrides for this special event in July.”

Charlie and Craig Reid of The Proclaimers said: “We are delighted to be coming back to Stornoway and Hebcelt for the first time in ten years. It is a unique festival and one that all musicians look forward to playing.”

Next year’s HebCelt will take place on 12-15 July 2023 and weekend tickets are available now. Day tickets and the HebCelt 2023 schedule will be released in 2023.

Internationally acclaimed Scottish music festival HebCelt enjoyed a night of success and recognition at this year’s MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. The 20th anniversary event at Dundee’s Caird Hall saw the much-loved Hebridean event scoop Event of the Year, and its beloved founder Caroline MacLennan awarded the Hamish Henderson Award for Services to Traditional Music.

HebCelt Festival Director, Graham MacCallum, said: “It’s such an honour for us to have received Event of the Year for our 25th anniversary festival, especially when we think about the challenges and anticipation of returning after two years. To have been nominated in this category alongside some of Scotland’s most incredible events was a privilege and the strength of the category really shows what Scotland’s event sector has to offer.

“The award is a testament to the work of the dedicated team of volunteers and everyone else who comes together to make HebCelt happen. We simply couldn't do it without our festival family. It was also incredibly moving for us all to see Caroline recognised and for her incredible impact on Scottish traditional music to be honoured in this way.

“Turning our sights now to HebCelt 2023, we can't wait to welcome our audience back to the Castle Green in Stornoway next July. It’s going to be a truly phenomenal few days.”

HebCelt founder Caroline MacLennan said: “This recognition is so lovely to receive at the end of what has been an amazing year for HebCelt. I wouldn't be receiving the award if it wasn’t for our festival family who have contributed so much to the festival’s growth across the years. Working with these wonderful people has always been the best part of HebCelt for me."

HebCelt has won favour with loyal Hebridean audiences and music fans from across the globe across the last 25 years, with people flocking in their thousands to soak up the incredible music and warm atmosphere in the stunning grounds of Lews Castle in Stornoway.

The popular annual MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards organised by Hands Up For Trad celebrates the astonishing scope and scale of Scotland’s traditional music talent and saw winners in 27 categories awarded alongside live performances from Elephant Sessions, FARA and Trip among others. The 2022 awards mark the third time HebCelt has lifted the Event of the Year gong.

Hebcelt 2022 Roundup Video


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