Hebridean Celtic Festival

Charity registered in Scotland SC024134

The multi-award winning Hebridean Celtic Festival (HebCelt) has been a key feature in the cultural landscape of the Outer Hebrides since 1996.

This internationally renowned event has a unique setting in the Scottish Hebridean island of Lewis, the heartland of the Gaelic language and culture.

Its welcoming and friendly atmosphere reflects the ethos of the dedicated team of volunteers who have created a festival with global appeal and a strong community identity.

HebCelt passionately protects and promotes its heritage, including the vibrant Gaelic and traditional music that is both part of its history and its contemporary life. It mixes the best local talent with leading Scottish, UK and world artists and brings together household names and emerging talent to provide a feast of music to appeal to all ages.

The result is a diverse blend of sights and sounds that is true to Celtic traditions but also welcoming to new ideas and influences.

HebCelt is a cultural phenomenon for its community, it offers a sense of homecoming to those islanders returning to meet family and friends and it extends a Hebridean hand of friendship to visitors who invariably come back for more

Current opportunities

Pre-event set up of main site as required including staging, site dressing, ancillary items and post event de-rig. Assist the sound and lighting company with the preparation of technical areas, load in and get out of band equipment. One of the most demanding areas, we will be splitting the teams as appropriate to cover what needs done. Key skills for prep team include stamina and some basic construction knowledge. Key skills for tech include stamina and knowledge / experience of live events. Please note that this area has availability from Monday of festival week until the Tuesday following the event if you have the time and energy to devote.

Assist with the pick-up and transportation of band personnel, collecting equipment for delivery to venues, transferring staff and others involved with the organisation of the event. One of the most popular teams with our long-standing volunteers so the most difficult to get into. Availability all day/night is required including early morning/late night ferry/airport runs, runs to rural events and indeed outwith the festival. Good local area knowledge important. Must be over 25 years of age and have sound knowledge of local area. MIDAS certificate essential.

This team is one of the more demanding roles and requires a greater commitment over the festival. Artist Reps assist with ensuring the smooth running of the artist's schedules including liaising with artist management and our own tech and transport teams. Liaise with the retailing team to organise procurement / sale of band merchandise and signings in Retail Tent. Hospitality will ensure green rooms are stocked and prepared appropriately. Ideally you will have some kind of similar work experience, have the ability to react positively to pressurised situations and above all have a sunny disposition.

Assist with the selling of festival and band merchandising throughout the festival. It would be helpful if you have cash handling experience but good customer relation skills coupled with an outgoing personality are necessary. This area involves some lifting and carrying so don’t choose this if you are unable to do so. Some pre-festival preparation also required if available.