CELTIC Connections have confirmed that more than 50 live shows will be held following a Covid announcement by Nicola Sturgeon.

Organisers welcomed the update by the First Minister in which she lifted the limit on crowd capacities for venues from January 24.

The Glasgow festival will now have full capacity shows staged around the city across 14 days.

The rules were announced during the Christmas period to stem the surge of the Omicron Covid variant.

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Iona Fyfe, Karine Polward and Julie Fowlis are among the many acts that will perform live at the festival.

The opening few days of the trad event will be limited to online concerts and a 200-ticket limit in line with restrictions before they ease.

In a statement, Celtic Connections said: "We warmly welcome [Tuesday's] confirmation that live indoor performances can proceed without the capacity limits in Scotland from Monday 24 January.

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"We have more than 50 shows still programmed between then and Sunday 6 February which we cannot wait to stage for you. 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 Celtic Connections is encouraging "everyone who is able to support the festival to join us over the next three weeks for some magical live music once again".

Organisers added that festival passes for the digital programme will be on sale from January 21 AT 3PM.

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They continued: "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.

"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."