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Orkney Folk Festival 2021

The 2021 Orkney Folk Festival, due to take place over May 27-30, is once again set to be a digital event, as a result of ongoing restrictions and uncertainty surrounding the covid-19 pandemic. 

Until very recently, we remained hopeful of being able to stage a live festival in the spring. Last year was the first time in our 38 years that the festival had ever been called off, and none of us thought for a second that we would have to do it again – let alone for a second consecutive year. Since last summer, we have been exploring, financially and logistically, a number of adaptations to the festival’s format – including the creation of an outdoor event, which would enable both social distancing and ventilation. 

However, the recent resurgence of covid-19 cases throughout Scotland and the UK, combined with associated lockdown restrictions upon both gatherings and travel, has created a rapidly-changing and ultimately unworkable backdrop upon which to plan for any live event just months away. As much as we would love to welcome everyone back to the festival in May, it seems that’s not to be just yet....

New Merchandise!

We’re delighted to unveil some new merchandise items – on sale now in the festival shop!

New for 2020, we have hand-blown glass bottles and coffee cups with silicone sleeves (100% plastic free and recyclable), and enamel pin badges.

There’s also a few bargains to be grabbed on our limited sale stock Shipping worldwide, but order soon to make sure the festival elves can dispatch in time for Christmas!

Artists announced for 2021

Following an overwhelming response to the first ever virtual Orkney Folk Festival, the team behind the award-winning festival have announced some 22 artists set to appear at the 2021 festival.

As with most festivals and public gatherings in 2020, this year’s Orkney Folk Festival was forced to cancel amidst the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic; the first time in the event’s near four-decade history.

Organisers are therefore delighted to confirm that the vast majority of artists scheduled to be part of the festival this year will instead appear in the county next May, at the rescheduled 38th Orkney Folk Festival – between May 27-30, 2021.

A strong Scottish contingent heads up the bill, complimented by leading artists from Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, India, the USA, England, Shetland, and of course Orkney’s own thriving local scene.

Festival favourites Blazin’ Fiddles and Dàimh will both make welcome returns, whilst Scottish folk rockers Skerryvore will make their debut Orkney appearances in their sixteenth year on the road.

Seven years since first captivating Orkney crowds, multi award-winning Canadian roots duo Madison Violet are set to make a very welcome return to the festival, as are groundbreaking Scottish trio Talisk – who...

Limited Edition Merch Sale!

Why not treat yourself to some limited edition festival merchandise this weekend? Support the festival with some new threads for your next Zoom meeting/pint.

We’ve added loads of new items to our online shop. Many are down to their last handful left, and ALL at special festival weekend prices!

T-shirts, fleeces, jackets, CDs, even Teddies… pop on over and grab a bargain