Festival Blog

Festival Blog – Day 1 – Welcome, one and all!

The warmest of Orkney welcomes to one and all, visitors and locals both, as the county’s world renowned folk festival kicks off its 36th outing tonight, presenting the first six concerts – in Stromness, Stenness, Burray and Evie – from the weekend’s mouthwatering tally of 35 programmed events, including ceildhs, workshops, talks and free performances, in 20 different venues across the islands.

For the fifth consecutive year, the festival’s advance sales have broken new records: 6200 tickets had been snapped up by yesterday, representing almost 90 percent of overall capacity, and 20 complete selllout events – so if your musical dance-card’s not already full, you’d better be quick. And if you’re still to arrange accommodation, we hope you like camping – or are prepared to travel, as every bed in Stromness and for miles around has long since been bagged.

Alongside the main concert programme, there is of course Orkney Folk Festival’s (in)famous schedule of pub sessions throughout the weekend, hosted as ever by the stalwart triumvirate of the Royal Hotel, the Stromness Hotel and the Ferry Inn, all conducively situated mere stumbling-distance apart. These informal gatherings will feature many...