OFF Cover 2016The 2017 Orkney Folk Festival programme will be released in the first week of April, ahead of tickets going on sale on April 22.

Both of these dates are relatively close to the festival itself, as our weekend consists of 36 individually ticketed events incorporating around 50 acts, across four days and 19 venues, rather than an all-in-one site with day or weekend tickets.

Artists visiting the festival, however – i.e. those not based in Orkney – do not just play once. Typically they will be with us for three to four days, offering several chances to catch them over the weekend.

Alongside two thirds of all festival activity, throughout the weekend, taking place in the festival’s hometown of Stromness, the 2017 festival will visit the following locations:

Thursday 25 May
Burray, Deerness, Stenness

Friday 26 May
Birsay, Tankerness, Sanday, Sandwick

Saturday 27 May
Birsay, Deerness, Harray, Kirkwall, Longhope

Sunday 28 May
Longhope, Quoyloo, St Margaret’s Hope

As a guide, you can download the 2016 programme – however we must stress that this should be used as a guide only. Whilst the overall format of the 2017 programme will remain relatively similar, there will be changes (as there are every year) here and there to venues, times, ticket prices etc. Hopefully, though, it will provide an insight into the breadth and volume of activity over the festival weekend.