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Orkney Friends on sale now

Our Orkney Friends supporter scheme has reopened today. By joining, you can support our volunteer-run event and the part it plays in celebrating folk music.

Your membership offers great benefits in return:

  • Exclusive events during the festival weekend
  • Early ticket access
  • 10% off festival merchandise
  • Discounts on travel to Orkney, subject to annual sponsorship.

We offer five levels of Orkney Friends memberships for up to ten adults, allowing larger groups to buy tickets together:

  • Up to two adults plus children: £60
  • Up to four adults plus children: £120
  • Up to six adults plus children: £180
  • Up to eight adults plus children: £240
  • Up to ten adults plus children: £300.

There’s no cap on the number of children’s tickets Friends can buy for each event, as long as it’s within the available ticket capacity.

Memberships last for 12 months and are offered on a rolling annual basis.

For more details and to sign up visit the Orkney Friends page of our website.

Announcing our 2024 line up

Orkney Folk Festival has announced the first wave of artists appearing at the 2024 event, taking place between 23 and 26 May 2024.

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.

Contemporary Canadian folk/pop band The East Pointers will appear as part of their tenth anniversary celebrations, their first appearance at a Scottish festival in recent years.

They’ll be joined by no less than four other Canadian acts: Quebecois trio Genticorum, and three diverse acts from Newfoundland, Rum Ragged, Quote the Raven, and Mallory Johnson, as the province celebrates its Year of the Arts in 2024

Transatlantic connections will also be celebrated with the appearances of banjo prodigy Nora Brown with Stephanie Coleman, country artist Brennen Leigh, and quartet Corner House, featuring Orphir’s own Louise Bichan heading home for the festival. 

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.

The festival will also be joined by legendary Irish musicians, Mairtín O’Connor, Cathal Hayden, and Seamie O’Dowd, as...

Orkney Folk Festival heads to London!

We’re very excited to announce that a mini Orkney Folk Festival weekend will take place in London, over February 16 and 17!

As part of the Scotland Unwrapped series, running throughout 2024 at Kings Place we are thrilled to be presenting six shows – featuring Kris Drever, Saltfishforty, Fara, Gnoss, The Chair and the almighty Orkney Gathering!

There’ll also be workshops including an Orkney Choir, fiddle, accordion and Orcadian tunes, and it couldn’t be an Orkney Folk Festival without a few sessions too…

Tickets for the concerts are on sale now, with workshops to follow very shortly. See you in the big smoke!

Until next year…!

Phew… what a weekend!

Thank you to every single person who made the 40th Orkney Folk Festival such a roaring success. We are very proud to still be going strong at forty years young, let alone to have well and truly surpassed all previous attendance records in our anniversary year, with over 8,500 tickets sold across the weekend.

To all of our amazing artists, visiting and based in Orkney, thank you for a tremendous weekend. It was a joy to have everyone in Stromness and across the county, and just a shame we have to say cheerio after four days together. Thanks also to our amazing production crews, on sound, light and stage, as well as the many staff and volunteers working in venues over the weekend. It’s a very busy weekend for folks behind the scenes, and we owe an enormous debt of thanks to everyone who plays a part in putting bringing our events to life.

We couldn’t stage the festival without a considerable level of financial support, whether in cash or in kind. A great many local and national businesses sponsor both the festival and individual events throughout our programme...