Music fans attending this year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival can win prizes for recycling as event organisers step up efforts to ensure it is one of the greenest festivals in the country. For the first time HebCelt will have Recycle and Reward machines placed at three sites around the main arena and each location will also have an organic bin for all food waste.
The festival, being held this year from 17-20 July in Stornoway, is one of only 8 venues across Scotland this year to host the innovative Recycle and Reward machines and gives fans the chance to win prizes for recycling plastic bottles, cans and corn-starch beer mugs.
Among the prizes on offer are an iPad, iPod Nanos, a family weekend ticket for next year’s HebCelt, festival hoodies and t-shirts as well as vouchers for snacks or drinks.
Caroline MacLennan, the festival director, said: “We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously. We are blessed to be able to stage an event like Hebcelt against the unique backdrop that we have and we appreciate the importance of preserving it.”
The 18th HebCelt will be headlined by Van Morrison, Dougie MacLean, Capercaillie, The Battlefield Band and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. The line-up also includes Karine Polwart, Darrell Scott, Pete Roe, Paddy Callaghan, and local artists Iain Morrison, The Boy who Trapped the Sun and Face the West, as well as Dundee’s Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward & Fisher; Lau, voted ‘Best Group’ at this year’s Radio Two Folk Awards; Orcadian eight-piece The Chair; The Hot Seats, from Virginia; Manchester outfit The Travelling Band; Welsh band Rusty Shackle; Fatherson and The Dirty Beggars and Donald MacDonald & The Islands, from Glasgow, Rose Parade, a four-piece from Ayr and Gria, winners of this year’s One Step Further competition.