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Celtic Connections gets under way this weekend.  Picture: Pixabay / Canva
Celtic Connections gets under way this weekend.Pixabay / Canva

Celtic Connections gets ready to entertain Glasgow

Live shows will run alongside a programme of online performances

Celtic Connections is going ahead with a mix of live performances and online shows.

Organisers have welcomed the lifting of restrictions on venues that will take effect from Monday.

It means more than 50 in-person concerts can go ahead with full capacity audiences.

The music festival is a highlight in the city’s events calendar.

Several shows were cancelled earlier this month when fresh restrictions were imposed in light of the Omicron variant.

The festival's opening few days, starting Thursday January 20, has been heavily disrupted and a number of shows cancelled.

Doubts were raised over the viability of the 18-day event.

But confirmation that live indoor performances can proceed without capacity limits in Scotland has given organisers hope.

'Welcome'

A statement from the festival read: “We warmly welcome confirmation that live indoor performances can proceed without the capacity limits in Scotland from Monday 24 January.

“We have more than 50 shows still programmed between then and Sunday 6 February which we cannot wait to stage for you.

Musicians Innes White, Hannah Rarity and Paul McKenna helped launch the festival in October.
Musicians Innes White, Hannah Rarity and Paul McKenna helped launch the festival in October.

“These exciting and eclectic performances are going to be truly unforgettable and are made all the more special given the recent uncertainty.

“Tickets for these in-person shows are on sale now and we would encourage everyone who is able to support the festival to join us over the next three weeks for some magical live music once again.

“We can also now confirm festival passes for our digital programme will be on sale from 3pm, Friday 21 January.

“Priced at £25, a digital ticket will give people access to at least 12 hours of exclusive filmed live content from across the festival for a three-week period starting Wednesday 26th January.

These exciting and eclectic performances are going to be truly unforgettable and are made all the more special given the recent uncertainty.

Celtic Connections

“Celtic Rovers will also be able to take advantage of their 10% discount. More detail about artists included in the online programme will be revealed when tickets go on sale.

“We also look forward to staging the first of our live filmed sessions at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall this Thursday 20 January as our Opening Night, ‘Neath the Gloamin’ Star, comes to life in front of an intimate audience of 200 people.

“The safety of audiences, artists and suppliers is central to all of our plans and we are continually working with the Scottish Government and venues to ensure we put all necessary public health measures in place for Celtic Connections 2022.”

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