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See you next year!

There we go, folks – that was the 35th Orkney Folk Festival!

Thank you to each and every person that helped make the festival,  yet again, such a huge success – from each one of the 7,000 ticket holders, to all of our artists, and all of our many hundreds of volunteers. It couldn’t happen without you all, and whilst we can’t wait for it to happen again, we’re also looking forward to a peedie lie down and a couple of months off!

The 36th festival will take place between May 24-27, 2018, with the first names expected to be announced around December this year.

For now, safe home and have a great summer and autumn, and we’ll be back before you know it… 🙂

Ticket Availability – May 15

With just ten days to go, tickets are getting quite thin on the ground – out of 36 events, 24 have sold out, totalling in excess of 6,000 tickets! Here’s a condensed rundown of the 12 gigs still with some availability:

FRIDAY
Sanday Ceilidh (requires overnight stay); Academy Club

SATURDAY
St Magnus Way Launch Concert; Per Mare – Haven inside the Bay; Family Concert; Lunchtime Club; Afternoon Concert; Pickaquoy Concert; Longhope Ceilidh (requires an overnight stay)

SUNDAY
Family Concert; Fiddlers’ Rally; Sunday Tipple

Browse the programme here: http://www.orkneyfolkfestival.com/programme/
And grab your tickets: http://bit.ly/2pOaN4O 

Ticket Availability – May 3

Now that the initial opening rush on tickets has passed, and with just over three weeks to go, we still have a good spread of availability over the weekend – but if you’re thinking of coming, we advise moving fast!

To date 20 out of 36 shows have sold out, totalling over 5,700 individual tickets – but we still have 16 crackers with some space left:

FRIDAY – The Orkney-Norway Connection, Sanday Ceilidh, Academy Club

SATURDAY – St Magnus Way Launch, Per Mare – Haven Inside the Bay, Lunchtime Club, Family Concert, Afternoon Concert, Pickaquoy Concert, Harray Ceilidh, Longhope Ceilidh, Song Club

SUNDAY – Family Concert, Fiddlers’ Rally, St Margaret’s Hope Concert, Sunday Tipple

All tickets are available online.

Per Mare – Venue Change

Following exceptional early demand, we are pleased to have been able to find a bigger space in Stromness to host the very popular ‘Per Mare – Haven inside the Bay’ event taking place on the festival’s Saturday morning.

With the Royal Hotel having sold out very quickly, the foy will now be held just up the road in the Stromness Kirk (where they are also holding a soup and sandwich lunch afterwards), allowing many more folk to hear about Stromness’ rich history and characters.

If any Patrons missed out on tickets for this event over the weekend, and perhaps haven’t been in touch with us in hope of a waiting list (we always try!), you can now buy tickets online once again.