Open Stage

_DSC0334The Orkney Folk Festival Open Stage is – as it says on the tin – a stage open to all: soloists or groups; singers, musicians or both. With a slot at the following year’s festival up for grabs, it’s a hard-fought competition – and one that has been credited with boosting the careers of many of it’s former participants.

Over the last 11 years, the Orkney Folk Festival Open Stage has encouraged a wealth of new musical talent to come forward, offering the chance to perform a short set on the Stromness Town Hall stage in the midst of the busy folk festival weekend.

Many of those who have taken pOpen Stage2art have gone on to further success at similar competitions – including the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections – having received a greatly enhanced profile just from taking part. Previous entrants include Gleemro, Griogair Morrison, Jessica Burton, Broken Strings, Louise Bichan and Jennifer Austin, Maggie and James Nicolson, Fiona Driver, No Soond, and Maggie Adamson, to name just a few.

Orkney Folk Festival 2011.28/5/11Tom O'BrienThe 2017 Open Stage competition will take place on Saturday 27 May, with registration opening in the spring.

For further information, get in touch with the Open Stage team on