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Craft beer festival to boost visitors to Highlands

Inverness prepares for second year of North Hop festival

Date : 25/06/2015

North Hop, the Highlands and Islands’ large-scale indoor craft beer festival is getting ready to welcome hundreds of festivalgoers this summer.

The two-day festival, which is taking place at Eden Court in Inverness on 21 and 22 August 2015, has over 1,500 tickets available and is set to boast over 25 different Scottish exhibitors celebrating craft beer, cider, artisan gins, creative cocktails, and a selection of street food vendors.

Last year’s festival welcomed over 800 visitors to Inverness, with some travelling from as far as Canada and Norway, to sample the Scottish produce which was on offer.

A number of top Scottish music acts will perform including NME magazine’s artist to watch in 2015, Neon Waltz, who will headline the Friday 21 August session. Other acts include Glasgow based grunge pop band, Schnarff Schnarff, and, Inverness indie/alternative band, Lionel.

North Hop festival organiser, Michelle Russell, said: “We are delighted to welcome a number of new acts to North Hop this year, as well as a few familiar faces from last year’s festival line-up too.

“The acts are incredibly talented and I am sure festivalgoers will be excited to see them hit the stage in August. All of the acts have a busy summer schedule and North Hop will be the perfect way for them to end the season on a high.

“Scotland does three things extremely well - beer, food and great music, and that is exactly what we’ve got lined up for North Hop.”

Events and festivals have become a tourism priority, offering a fantastic marketing opportunity to attract more visitors and encourage them to spend more and stay longer, for more information check out Tourism Intelligence Scotland’s events, festivals and cultural tourism resource.