Streaming FAQs

How do I buy a Virtually Orkney Folk Festival ticket?
Head to orkneyfolkfestival.com/tickets for more information and to buy. If you are encountering any issues completing a purchase, specifically on a tablet, please head to virtuallyorkneyfolkfestival.eventbrite.co.uk to access the full version of the ticketing pages.

What’s included?
Over May 27-30, we will host a four day festival programme online, replicating as much of the live event as possible.

Who’s playing when?
Check out our festival programme here, and our line-up can also be viewed here.

I can’t make the whole weekend – can I buy an individual day ticket?
All tickets are full weekend passes. Our hope is that folks might tune in to the whole weekend, or dip in and out with a week’s on-demand availability after initial broadcast, and perhaps discover some new artists – much like a festival weekend.

I’ve got my ticket – how do I access the shows?
We will email you links to view the festival shows in the immediate lead-in to the festival weekend via our ticketing partner, EventBrite. These will be sent to the email addresses used to buy tickets, where you will receive a confirmation of purchase. If for any reason this didn’t arrive, please contact us on info@orkneyfolkfestival.com  ASAP to check.

I can’t login!
There is nothing to log in to – nor any passwords, codes or anything else. The links sent via email (see above) are all you need – no logins required.

Where will the festival be streamed? What platform are you using?
Virtually Orkney Folk Festival will be streamed via private YouTube streams. As the most popular video platform available worldwide, we are confident that this will provide a user-friendly experience for all.

Can I watch from outside the UK?
Absolutely – we’re taking Orkney to the world! Let us know where you’re tuning in from.

Can I watch on my TV?
If you have a smart TV, then most likely yes. Different models work in different ways, so it is worth checking your TV’s connectivity settings and user guides to find out the options available to you.

Many have the YouTube app built in, or available for download – all you need to do is ensure the TV app is paired with your computer, tablet or phone and you will be able to watch on your big screen very easily. The links sent to access the online programmes will automatically open the YouTube app on your device, and prompt you to cast to the paired TV.

As settings vary we cannot answer any individual questions of this nature, however the apps are designed to speak to each other so it’s worth checking these in advance of the festival weekend. Just go to any YouTube video (such as our 2019 highlights here, as an example) to check and make sure they are paired.

This should also be the case with Chromecast, and pairing via Apple TV is also possible.

Alternatively you might wish to connect your computer to the TV via an HDMI lead (borrow it from the DVD player!), and direct both the picture and sound to the TV output.

Please bear in mind that the quality of your playback experience is largely dependent on the download speed you have from your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and/or mobile provider. Your internet speed can vary depending on many factors, such as the time of day, WiFi performance, the strength of the signal provided by your ISP, and other devices/users on your connection. We recommend that you disconnect any devices that are on standby and connected to WiFi during the shows, as these are often working in the background and can slow your connection.

Can I buy a ticket as a gift?
Yes, absolutely – we just need the recipients email address, so that they receive the streaming links. You can either use the guest checkout on EventBrite (if logged in, log out first) and use their email address – and they will receive an immediate confirmation. Or you can use your own email and forward the instructions to them. If you have already purchased your own pass on the same email address, you will receive two sets of instructions – as long as you each have a link, you’re all set.

I still have a question…
Contact us on info@orkneyfolkfestival.com, and we’ll come back to you as soon as we can.
If the question relates to YouTube and/or casting to a TV, please see above and/or check the settings and compatibility of your TV first, as well as any online user guides. We will help as best we can, but are unlikely to be able to answer queries specific to brands or models.

Enjoy the festival!