Pub Sessions

A huge part of the festival’s appeal is the atmosphere in Stromness. It seems there are never-ending pub sessions pouring out of the town’s bars during the weekend.

Sessions are informal, social gatherings with a life of their own. Artists lead them but won’t play their own material, so don’t expect these to be performances.

We encourage you to join in and create collaborations while exchanging traditions. When tunes are in full flow it’s not uncommon for a midday session to end at closing time! That being said, please cooperate with bar and hotel staff as they try to keep everyone fed and watered.

During festival weekend we’ll publish a session schedule, so you know how to get involved. Yet, with the best will in the world, you can’t plan the true charm and craic of a session. Watching it unfold, though, is magical.