World’s biggest ceilidh announced for this December!

Gary Innes and Highland dancer Rachel McLaggan

The world’s biggest ceilidh will occur in The Ovo Hydro later this year. Entitled Hoolie in the Hydro, the night will feature some top musicians in the Scottish and Irish scenes. The world-first event, which will take to the Glasgow stage on Saturday 17th December 2022, has the potential to be the biggest night of traditional music ever to have taken place. Marking the first time an arena has been hired by an individual in the UK to showcase a night entirely dedicated to traditional music, Hoolie in the Hydro will be an iconic moment for the traditional music scene.

Hoolie in the Hydro organiser, broadcaster and musician Gary Innes said: “I appreciate that putting a show of this size and scale during the current times is a bold move, but I also genuinely believe that traditional music has a place on the country’s biggest stages. Someone always has to go first, and my hope is that Hoolie in the Hydro will pave the way for other traditional musicians to take the gamble and start booking shows on a similar scale. Once the door is opened and people see that it can be done, I don’t see any reason why traditional music can’t be showcased throughout the year on stages like The Ovo Hydro. This world-first event is set to be the biggest night of traditional music that Scotland has ever seen. I can’t wait to have thousands of people join us for what’s sure to be a serious party and a history-making moment.

The star-studded night of entertainment will showcase some of the biggest and best names on the Scottish and Irish traditional music scene, including famed Caledonia singer Dougie Maclean, Celtic-rock sensations Mànran, Ireland’s Sharon Shannon Band, award-winning Scottish outfit Skerryvore and festival favourite Trail West.

Martin Gillespie of Skerryvore said: “This is going to be an incredible night, it will be amazing to perform on the Hydro stage and it will be a pinnacle moment for the trad music scene as we take the country’s biggest arena by storm. I don’t think they’ll have ever seen a party like it and I can’t wait to be a part of that.

Kim Carnie of Mànran said: “This night has the potential to be one of the biggest moments for Scotland’s traditional music scene. It is an incredible opportunity to make history as the genre takes to the country’s biggest stage. This night will mark the culmination of years of hard work and dedication from the bands who have come before us and inspired us to do what we do, as well as the work of those who promote and have promoted our culture, music and languages. It really shows how much traditional music has grown in popularity over the last three decades. It is certainly an exciting night to be a part of.

Tickets are on sale now on the exhibition centre’s website from £40.95.

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