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Shop 2018 Now Open

I started this blog a week ago and finally getting around to finishing. What an amazing week (ten days) it’s been since we opened.

The shop opening for me marks the start of the countdown to HebCelt. Our online ticket sales have done extremely well and indicates we are heading for another fantastic turnout of people from across the UK, Europe and even further afield, including Canada, the US and Australia. Now the steady stream of local visitors to the shop shows that the excitement that surrounds the festival is really picking up.

A town centre presence in the former Stornoway Gazette office in Francis Street provides a real focal point for both local people and visitors and raises the profile of the event which incredibly is just two weeks away now.

A visit from the sun this week also helped put people in the mood for the event next month and I hope this week’s heatwave is a sign of what’s to come from 18th of July.

The buzz about this year’s HebCelt is as loud as ever. The line-up is as good as we’ve had and we can’t wait to get started and share this music with our audience.

Children and infant tickets have all been snapped up for Friday and Saturday and we are looking at a sell-out couple of nights.

Soon the number of visitors will start to multiply, shop windows will begin to take on a festival theme and hotels, guests houses and campsites will become even fuller.

To the many sights and sounds that have become familiar with the opening of the HebCelt shop, we have now added some very pleasant aromas.

Our friends at Sandwick Bay Candles in Stornoway have provided the festival with a range of products which have given us a new line in merchandise this year.

It’s another attraction to help lure visitors to the shop which opened this week to sell festival tickets and merchandise. Since Bùth HebCelt opened a week past Monday a steady flow of people have been dropping in to snap up the remaining tickets for this year’s event.

The anticipation is felt by everyone, whether it’s your first HebCelt or your 23rd.

This is the part of the festival where I just say to the team, strap yourself in, hold on for dear life and enjoy it. I love it. The whole team hope you enjoy it too.