National Celtic Festival 2018 first line-up announcement

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2018 first line-up announcement

Lovers of culturally rich music, dance and arts rejoice – the National Celtic Festival is ready to reveal a broad bevy of talent as part of its first line-up announcement. 

Held over the June long weekend in Victoria's picturesque seaside town of Portarlington - Friday 8 June - Monday 11 June - the festival has unveiled eleven artists from around the world to kick things off.

Australian artists flying the Celtic flag include New South Wales duo Hat Fitz and Cara, the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle ClubTim Scanlan Trio and trad-folk icons Trouble in the Kitchen.

On the International front, the National Celtic Festival will give a big winter welcome to the likes of Irish stalwarts Altan (with their appearance doubling as a 30th anniversary celebration), fellow countrymen and banjo and flute pair Maggie Carty & Máirtín Staunton, plus Scotland's own Paul McKenna Band.

Full first line-up:

  • Altan (IRE)

  • Colin Lilli

  • Hat Fitz and Cara

  • Maggie Carty & Máirtín Staunton (IRE)

  • Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club

  • Paul McKenna Band (SCOT)

  • Rich Davies & The Low Road

  • Siobhan Owen

  • Tim Scanlan Trio

  • Trouble in the Kitchen

  • Zeon


Tickets are on sale, including Early Bird Adult & Youth tickets as well as single, weekend, camping and Searoad Ferry passes. 

If you haven't already, jump to our artists page and plan your 2018 National Celtic Festival experience now – Sláinte!