There’s just no stopping HebCelt as, only days after the end of the 2018 event, advance tickets for the 2019 Hebridean Celtic Festival went on sale today (Wednesday, 1 August).

Organisers say this is to meet demand from fans following this year’s record-breaking event.

The 2018 HebCelt, was hailed as the most successful in its 23-year history after all four nights were sold out.

Early bird weekend tickets for arena shows on 18-20 July next year were available from noon from the festival website.

In order to improve the customer experience for the younger festival-goers, HebCelt has added a youth ticket banding and restructured the costs for under-18s.  This includes adding in a nominal charge for tickets for children up to six years old, with income from this source being donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, HebCelt’s nominated charity.

Package deals for visiting festival-goers, including tickets, travel and accommodation, are being arranged by the Cala Hotels Group via the Hebridean Hopscotch website.

The packages have been put together in response to strong demand from visitors from all over the world who want to streamline arrangements to enjoy the festival to the full.   

Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: “We are still buzzing from the excitement of this year’s success but are already planning HebCelt 2019. 

“Demand for tickets for next year is already very strong and we want to make sure our local and international audience have the best chance to attend.

“The new packages will make it a lot easier to arrange a trip to HebCelt and knowing travel and accommodation arrangements are taken care of during a very busy time will add to an already enjoyable experience.” 

More than half the HebCelt audience came from outside the islands, and from as far afield as Australia, Canada and the US as well as across Europe, including many returning families. 

The Hebridean Celtic Festival is a not-for-profit charitable event and is almost entirely managed and produced by voluntary effort.

It was crowned Best Cultural Event or Festival at the Scottish Thistle Awards in March and in January it won a Highly Commended accolade at A Greener Festival Awards.

Last year it scooped the Festival of the Year award and the Grand Prix prize at the Scottish Event Awards and was also named Best Cultural Event or Festival in the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards for the second time in three years.