_DSC8170Tickets for the 2018 festival will go on sale in April. Festival Patrons (click for more info) will have priority access, from Saturday 21st, with the general release date a week later, on Saturday 28th.

As well as advanced access to tickets, Festival Patrons have the opportunity to purchase discounted festival merchandise (not including artists’ own items – e.g. CDs) and discounted travel to Orkney from mainland Scotland, with NorthLink Ferries.

We are cautiously aware that releasing tickets in April is relatively close to the festival itself, particularly with accommodation in Stromness filling up long before that, however owing to the scope of the festival and everything taking place in four very busy days, this is as early as is logistically possible. We do not operate one site with several stages, rather have over 30 individually programmed, and ticketed, events – and with visiting artists (i.e. those not based in Orkney) here for three or four days, ensuring a balanced, overlapping yet not clashing, programme across a number of unique venues, does take a wee while to get right. Please be assured that we will release the programme as soon as we can, however do also bear in mind that with most artists on the ground for most if not all of the weekend (we do not have folk come in and out for one set only) there are a number of opportunities to catch your favourites.