Now that we’re back up for air, it’s time for some reflection on what was another cracking festival.
In short, thank you all for making it what it was, is, and will continue to be. We work most of the year to bring you a jam-packed four days of music, but that can only do so much – it’s then over to you, as an audience, to make of it what you will, and make it your own festival. Given the initial feedback, it seems safe to say that that was well and truly the case this year.
At a rough count, there are well over 100 people that bring this festival together – a 14-strong committee, around 50 volunteers over the weekend (who we could not manage without – raffle runners, ticket checkers, seat ushers, backstage helpers, merch sellers, office workers, box office staff, lift-givers, minibus drivers, chair stackers, banner hangers…), hall associations – who not only work alongside the festival team to bring the country events to life, but also lay on catering for the bands and crew – soup and sandwich makers, babysitters… the list goes...
With just hours to go to the 32nd Orkney Folk Festival, remaining tickets are increasingly thin on the ground – however, with more on offer than ever before this year, there’s still some here and there. Roll up, come on down, and take your pick from these cracking gigs:
01 – Opening Concert – limited availability
02 – Evie Concert – limited availability
05 – Song Club– limited availability
07 – Canadian Concert – limited availability
08 – Pickaquoy Concert
10 – Longhope Ceilidh (overnight stay required)
12 – Song Club– limited availability
13 – Academy Club
16 – Family Concert
20 – St Andrews Ceilidh
21 – Shapinsay Ceilidh
22 – Festival Club– limited availability
23 – Song Club – limited availability
25 – Sunday Supplement – limited availability
26 – Sunday International
27 – Fiddlers’ Rally
It’s almost here… and tickets are now on sale! They can be purchased online, on the phone (01856 851635), and in person at the Pier Arts Centre, in Stromness.
As the festival approaches, a number of events have and will sell out – however the tickets page displays live availability. As we have moved to a new box office system this year, all orders are processed in the one queue – there are no specific holds for online/phone/in-person orders – therefore, once the tickets page displays ‘sold out’, that’s them all gone. Neither the Pier Arts Centre, nor phone operators will have any more stock.
See you soon!
Owing to overwhelming demand, Saturday morning’s Talk – featuring Louise Bichan – has been relocated to the Royal Hotel. Same time (11am), just a slightly bigger room, less than five minute from the original venue.
All tickets will be issued with the new venue, as well as a note to flag up the change.