Entries are now open for a chance to win a stage slot at HebCelt this summer.

The festival has partnered with Lews Castle College UHI to run the Showcase competition.

The winner will join the likes of Texas, Seasick Steve, Skipinnish, Julie Fowlis and Tide Lines in the HebCelt line-up.

They will also receive £500, passenger ferry tickets to Stornoway and overnight accommodation if required, as well as arena weekend passes to enjoy the milestone festival.

Jamie MacDonald, winner of last year’s contest, said: “Performing at HebCelt was brilliant. It’s a great island festival and an amazing crowd. The university’s Showcase competition to perform is a great way to reach a wider audience.”

Fellow-winner, Christian Gamauf, added: “Performing at HebCelt last year was one of the many great opportunities the University of the Highlands and Islands provides for students and alumni. Getting to come back to the Western Isles again and perform at the festival was a highlight of the summer for me."

Iain Macmillan, Principal and Chief Executive at Lews Castle College UHI, said: “Our relationship with the festival is now in its fourth year. Lews Castle College UHI is proud be supporting this fabulous festival which provides great opportunities for current students and graduates to perform.

“It is really rewarding to see the talent and interest in studying traditional music grow year on year, I can’t wait to watch this year’s winner on the stage at HebCelt.”

HebCelt Director Caroline Maclennan said: “The festival benefits enormously through its association with Lews Castle College UHI and its focus on traditional music.

“The competition fits perfectly with HebCelt’s passion for finding and supporting new talent and providing an opportunity to perform on a bigger stage.”

The competition is open to any performer or band who play a genre of music that reflects the general programming of the festival.

To enter, acts need to prepare a promotional pack in electronic format to sell their music to the judges and must include at least one high resolution photo and a biography, links to good quality recordings (three tracks) of their music and video of ‘live’ performance (optional).

For details on how to enter visit https://www.hebceltfest.com/lccuhi.  

The deadline for all submissions is midnight on Friday 6 March 2020. The winning artist(s) will be informed by 20 March.