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 12 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 in the midst of the busy folk festival weekend, in front of an audience and panel of judges.

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'BrienThis year’s Open Stage will take place on Saturday 27 May – however, new to 2017, now in the Stromness Hotel, and in the afternoon rather than morning as in previous years, kicking off at 3pm.

Entry is open until April 30th – register to take part here.

Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we cannot guarantee a place for all who apply. Entrants will hear back regarding the status of their application no later than May 10th. Good luck!

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