Orkney Friends

As a charity we rely on the generosity of supporters and sponsors to bring you a varied programme of visiting and local artists each year.

Our Orkney Friends scheme allows you to play an important part in the continued success of our award-winning festival, with a year-round commitment to supporting our volunteer-run event and the part it plays in celebrating folk music.

To say thank you for your generous support, there’s some great benefits for you in return:

  • Exclusive events during the festival weekend: Book free tickets for exclusive Orkney Friends events taking place during the festival, on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Early ticket access: Buy up to two adult tickets and unlimited children’s tickets per event in advance of the general sale. Your Orkney Friends ticket allowance covers one event per programme timeslot, meaning 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 your travel to Orkney, subject to annual sponsorship: We work closely with NorthLink Ferries to provide generous discounts between mainland Scotland and Orkney for Orkney Friends visiting the festival, via their annual sponsorship awards. This is granted to us on a year-by-year basis, and we’ll confirm if a travel discount is available with Friends as soon as we can each year.

Become an Orkney Friend

Becoming an Orkney Friend costs £60 per year on a rolling annual membership. You can either pay the full amount when you join or spread the cost across the year with a £5 monthly direct debit payment.

To access these great benefits for the 2023 festival you must sign up to become an Orkney Friend before 28 February 2023. Once your membership is confirmed we’ll share regular updates with you to help you get organised for all the fun of festival weekend.

Orkney Friend sales will then reopen on 1 June 2023 ahead of the 2024 festival.

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