A group of young prospects aiming for a career in the music business will make their debut on stage at one of Scotland’s leading festivals next month.

Ten students from New College Lanarkshire have volunteered to provide hands-on help at the multi award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival to gain practical experience as part of their sound production course.

It is the first time the students, aged 18-22, will have worked at a music festival and their involvement has been announced during Volunteers’ Week 2018.

They will help the set-up for the Stornoway-based event and will be involved in building the stages, assisting with the set-up of the sound systems as well as with stage management and technical support for the front-of-house and monitor engineers.

The college has strong links with HebCelt.  Its Assistant Head of Faculty Ronnie Gilmour has played at the event the last two years with his band, James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band, while lecturers Keir Long and Stuart Coleman have worked there with various bands over the past few years.

Ronnie said: “We’re all massive fans of everything about the festival and what it does, so we were eager to get some of the students involved. They’re all super-keen to learn as much as they can and it’s a great chance to get some hands-on experience in areas that they’re interested in.

“Getting work experience is really critical for students. It’s fantastic for their learning, their confidence and their CVs.  Everything we do at the college is geared towards our students making the step from student to professional and by the time they leave we are confident they have the skills to go into any workplace and do a good job.

“This experience will be a great insight for them into the workings of a music festival and will also give them a chance to network and make contacts with some industry professionals.”

Festival director Caroline Maclennan added: “HebCelt relies almost entirely on volunteers, so having the students working on site will be an enormous help to our regular crews.

“It will also give them valuable experience of working at a busy festival, so hopefully we can help these young people with practical support for their future careers.”   

The 2018 HebCelt will be held from 18-21 July and will be headlined by Deacon Blue, The Fratellis, Eddi Reader, Skipinnish and Roddy Woomble.

Day tickets are available exclusively from the festival website. See www.hebceltfest.com