We are often asked by sponsors, journalists and visitors why the festival has been successful to date. And we never tire of answering that there are three main reasons:
There is no doubt that the wider beauty of the Outer Hebrides, and the setting of our big blue marquee in the grounds of Lews Castle – overlooking Stornoway harbour – combine to play a big part in the festival success. Visitors from around the world love to visit for the wild scenery and to enjoy our way of life. The fact that they can do this and take in one of the best family-friendly festivals in the UK at the same time is often given as a reason for visiting.
We have consistently tried to bring a variety of music from around the world to our festival, attracting performers from a huge number of countries. We have also worked hard to ensure there are shows outside of Stornoway. We will always seek to bring fine quality live Celtic music to our festival. We're very pleased to report that the vast majority of our performers express great enjoyment at playing here, citing the wonderful reception they get from our volunteers and festival-goers.
Without the support of our unpaid volunteers, our sponsors and the community at large the festival would simply not exist. The hard work of all concerned really is something special. The festival thrives on a generous spirit of support and it is probably this of all things which makes the festival so special. Our thanks to everyone who backs the festival through their hard work, financial contribution or by attending and adding to what is always an excellent atmosphere.