Perhaps the world’s biggest ceilidh will take place in The Ovo Hydro in Glasgow on 17th December this year. Entitled Hoolie In The Hydro, the night will feature some of the top musicians on the Scottish and Irish scene. Marking the first time an arena has been hired by an individual in the UK to showcase a night completely dedicated to traditional music, Hoolie In The Hydro will be an iconic moment for the traditional music scene, with organiser Gary Innes hoping it will be the beginning of something special.
Gary 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… 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 idea first hatched in January 2020 after Gary, a musician and BBC broadcaster, reached 20,000 likes on his Facebook page. To celebrate, he put out a slightly tongue in cheek post which said if half of the people who had ‘liked’ his page bought a ticket for the Hydro, they could have the world’s biggest ceilidh. The likes, shares and support for the idea started flooding in so he decided to properly research and scope the idea, meeting with the venue and further gauging people’s interest. The feedback was resoundingly positive so in early March 2020, Gary went ahead and booked Scotland’s largest indoor venue.
The hoolie will showcase some of the biggest and best names on the Scottish and Irish traditional music scene, including singer Dougie Maclean, Celtic-rock sensations Mànran, Ireland’s Sharon Shannon Band, award-winning Scottish outfit Skerryvore and festival favourites Trail West. An All-Star ceilidh band will open the night and an unforgettable encore will welcome a host of special guests to the stage to finish the night in style.
Hoolie In The Hydro tickets are on sale now.