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!

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

The Big 2020 Lockdown Special

Hope everyone’s getting on as well as can be, in these crazy times.

As you’ll no doubt be aware, this weekend would have been our 38th festival. Obviously that’s not to be this year, and needless to say we can’t wait to be back up and running once this is all over.

In the meantime, we couldn’t let the weekend pass without marking it somehow – so we’ve been raking through the hard drives to pull together a few concerts that we are very excited to be able to stream on Facebook and YouTube over the next few days! 

Its not what we had planned for this time of year, but – wherever you are in the world – we would love it if you could join us from your sofas for a peedie virtual festival at home.

8.00pm – Recent Highlights
A compilation of compilations to warm up for the weekend. A few recent highlight packages, distilling the four day festival into one four or five minute snapshot; both as a reminder, and to tempt future visitors. Here we look back at the 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2019 festivals.