Award-winning singer songwriter KT Tunstall took a ride in an electric car today to support HebCelt’s drive to improve the environment.

Festival headliner KT and band members Cat Myers and Mandy Clarke were driven to the festival site in a Tesla vehicle which is being used by Tighean Innse Gall (TIG), the housing and energy agency for the Outer Hebrides, to help raise awareness of climate change issues.

KT is a strong supporter of environmental issues and welcomed the opportunity to support HebCelt’s pioneering actions which include banning single-use plastic bottles and straws, the use of biodegradable plates and cutlery, tickets made from recycled plastic and having 80 per cent of waste diverted from landfill.

TIG have a presence at the festival to provide climate change and energy saving advice to thousands of people attending the event.

KT Tunstall said: “I applaud HebCelt’s efforts to tackle environmental issues and raise awareness amongst an international audience.

“With the help of TIG this year, they are helping to bring important issues to the attention of thousands of people which can only help in the fight against climate change.”

HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said: “We are passionate about the need to protect our wonderful and unique environment and have been ahead of the game in many respects.

“The support from KT for our actions and the partnership with TIG will help get the message out to many more people.”

HebCelt opened on Wednesday and runs until Saturday. It features more than 30 acts including KT Tunstall, The Shires and Tide Lines, in events across Lewis and Harris.

 

 

Last year it was crowned Best Cultural Event or Festival at the Scottish Thistle Awards and it won a Highly Commended accolade at A Greener Festival Awards.

It also scooped the Festival of the Year award and the Grand Prix prize at the 2018 Scottish Event Awards and was named Best Cultural Event or Festival in the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards for the second time in three years.