Orkney Friends

You can support our volunteer-run festival by becoming an Orkney Friend. There are great benefits for you in return:

  • Exclusive events during the festival weekend. Book free tickets for the BBC Radio Orkney Live Lounge, on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Early ticket access. Buy tickets in advance of the general sale. Your can book for one event per programme timeslot. This means you can buy tickets across the weekend but not for two events happening at the same time.
  • 10% off festival merchandise. Save money on your Orkney Folk Festival merchandise, excluding tickets and artist merchandise.
  • Discounts on travel to Orkney, subject to annual sponsorship. We work with NorthLink Ferries to provide discounts between mainland Scotland and Orkney. Their sponsorship is on a year-by-year basis. We’ll confirm if a travel discount is available as soon as we can each year.


We have five levels of Orkney Friends membership so 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, as long as it’s within the available event capacity.

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

Become an Orkney Friend

Orkney Friend membership sales are now closed. They’ll reopen on 1 December 2024 ahead of the 2025 festival.

If you have any questions please check our FAQs. If you can’t find the answer to your question you can contact us at friends@orkneyfolkfestival.com.