HebCelt is raising a glass to an exciting new partnership with fellow Outer Hebridean organisation, Isle of Harris Distillery.
The Isle of Harris Gin Cèilidh Tent will see the award-winning Harris distiller sponsor the festival’s Acoustic Stage and run a special festival cocktail bar.
Festival-goers will be able to soak up the incredible sounds on stage while they enjoy a refreshing summer cocktail made with Isle of Harris Gin, or pick up a classic Isle of Harris Gin and Tonic tipple. The drinks will be served across a bar hand crafted locally.
HebCelt Festival Director, Graham MacCallum, said: “Just like HebCelt, the Isle of Harris Gin Distillery is passionate about celebrating the Hebrides’ unique cultural identity and championing our island communities, so we’re incredibly proud to be partnering with them. We’re always wanting to find new, innovative ways of doing things and making new connections which will benefit the thousands of loyal visitors that come to see us from all over the world and the Harris Gin Cèilidh Tent is a perfect example. We’re all excited to deliver something special for this year’s festival and hope to see this spirit of friendship continue for many years to come.”
Mike Donald, Chief Storyteller at Isle of Harris Distillery said: “We are thrilled to finally announce this exciting new endeavour as we join HebCelt festival in July this summer. Combining culture, island businesses and a spirit of camaraderie, we are delighted to partner with HebCelt to help showcase the best of our island’s music and creativity to the thousands of visitors who will join us for one big Hebridean cèilidh! Our fresh summer Isle of Harris Gin serves add a something special to the Isle of Harris Gin Cèilidh Tent on the Castle Green, and as always, we look forward to meeting people from far and wide!”
The Isle of Harris Gin Cèilidh Tent, formerly known as the Acoustic Stage, will welcome an astonishing array of talent from the Highlands and Islands, and further afield. Audiences will be able to hear the incredible sounds from emerging singer songwriters like Abigail Pryde and Michael McGovern while they sip on their summer cocktails. Elsewhere, Carnán will be sure to create a wonderful ceilidh atmosphere on the Friday evening. Welsh language singer Gwilym Bowen Rhys will bring his unique sound to the stage on Saturday, and Scottish piper Malin Lewis is a talent not to be missed.
The Isle of Harris Distillery cocktail bar will join a record number of bars and food stalls at this year’s HebCelt, which are set to showcase the best quality Scottish food and drink on the Castle Green of Lews Castle in Stornoway.
Crowned Event of the Year for the third time at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2022, and recently named one of the top 10 sustainable events in Europe, HebCelt will take place on the Castle Green of Lews Castle in Stornoway between 12 – 15 July 2023. Visit www.hebceltfest.com.