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Digital pass offers free streaming of 2024 events

Orkney Folk Festival has launched a digital pass for the 2024 festival, allowing people to stream three events from this year’s programme for free.

Music lovers can watch one evening event per day online between Friday 24 and Sunday 26 May, by pre-booking a free ticket on the Orkney Folk Festival website.

The events available to view through the pass will remain a surprise until the beginning of the live stream each evening.

Virtual audience members will be able to watch one of the concerts beginning at 7.30pm on both Friday 24 and Saturday 25 May, then one of the three farewell concerts which start at 6.30pm on Sunday 26 May.

Each video stream will remain online for 24 hours, allowing time to catch up for those who are unable to watch the events as they happen.

Offering the digital pass is in line with the organisers’ ambitions to make the event as inclusive as possible, allowing those unable to attend in person the chance to enjoy visiting and local artists from their homes.

It also provides an opportunity to share the festival experience with people who may never have visited Orkney or the event...

Launching our 2024 programme

Orkney Folk Festival has announced its full programme for the 2024 event, with acts from around the world set to perform across the islands between 23 and 26 May.

Leading artists from Canada, the USA, Australia, Ireland, Norway, England and throughout Scotland will join home-grown Orcadian musicians at the festival in its 41st year.

The programme features 52 events, including concerts, ceilidhs, lounge performances, workshops, talks and family events, at venues across Orkney. It’s been designed to offer something for everyone, to celebrate both local and visiting artists, as well as contemporary and traditional folk music.

While more than half of all events will take place in the festival’s hometown of Stromness, performances are also planned in Birsay, Finstown, Harray, Holm, Kirkwall, Orphir, Sanday, Sandwick, St Margaret’s Hope, Stenness and Tankerness.

This year’s festival offers a diverse line up. Audiences can look forward to performances from visiting artists including The East Pointers, who make their first UK festival appearance in recent years. Long-time musical collaborators Michael McGoldrick and John McCusker will be joined for one weekend only by Orcadian Kris Drever, combining the talents of three heavyweights in the UK folk scene.

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London Orkney Folk Festival spotlight

Some of Orkney’s most well known folk musicians have been performing in London for a series of sell out shows spotlighting the award-winning Orkney Folk Festival.

Taking place at Kings Place in Kings Cross, London, the events were part of the venue’s Scotland Unwrapped series.

The programme is taking place at Kings Place throughout 2024 to celebrate Scottish music and spoken word culture. It aims to highlight both the traditional and contemporary arts which give Scotland its distinctive voice.  

Orkney Folk Festival partnered with Kings Place to run two days of concerts, gigs and workshops on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 February, to demonstrate the high quality musicianship the islands are famed for. More than 1,400 tickets were sold for the ten events.

Audiences experienced concert performances from Kris Drever, Saltfishforty, JenEric, Gnoss, Fara, and Orkney Folk: The Gathering. The festival’s legendary Saturday night Stomp was also recreated in London for one night only, giving people the chance to get on their feet and dance the night away to The Chair.  

Several workshops were also on offer for those keen to learn...

Orkney Folk Festival named Event of the Year

We’re delighted to share that Orkney Folk Festival won Event of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards in Dundee this weekend.

Our volunteer board and committee are thrilled to receive this recognition, and to round off a special year celebrating our 40th anniversary with you all.

To even be nominated among such a diverse range of events was a huge achievement, so we were over the moon to be an award winner on the night. Thank you to everyone who voted for us.

As our festival producer, Craig Corse, said on Saturday, this award isn’t just for us.

We couldn’t make the festival happen without our generous sponsors and supporters, the hundreds of volunteers who join us to deliver events, the Orkney community who welcome festival visitors and take part in the fun, and our brilliant audiences who have contributed to two record breaking years in 2022 and 2023.

A huge thank you to you all for making the festival what it is. We’ll look forward to seeing you for another weekend of fantastic music between 23 and 26 May 2024.