Tickets on sale to Festival Patrons

Tickets for the 36th Orkney Folk Festival are currently on sale to Festival Patrons. General booking will open from 10am on Saturday 28th April.

If you are registered as a Patron, head to the tickets page to purchase.

We would also like to take this opportunity to apologise to the very many patrons who were patiently waiting at 10am on Saturday past, only for it to take a further 45 minutes for sales to go live. We fully appreciate how frustrating it was – and please be assured it was very stressful in the office too. In something of a reassurance, the website did not crash or stall with traffic – although it would have looked that way with a non-moving queue – rather one key part of the system was not switched from its testing phase to have public access, blocking everything from appearing online. Additionally, we were unable to access immediate technical support – and will be taking steps to ensure that neither issue resurfaces again this weekend, for the main release.

Thank you all for your patience and continued support of the festival – and we hope you will agree...

Festival Programme now available

The 2018 festival programme is now available – view here.

The 36th Orkney Folk Festival comprises 35 ticketed concerts, as well as a few free events, workshops and innumerable pub sessions, across May 24-27. Some 49 artists, totalling around 200 musicians, will perform over the weekend, with visitors from as far afield as Quebec and Newfoundland in Canada, to Melbourne, Australia, welcomed to Orkney by the isles’ own thriving folk scene – which itself accounts for around two thirds of the line-up.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Saturday 28 April, with a week’s advance access available to Festival Patrons, from Saturday 21st. For further information, or to sign up (though don’t hang around – membership for 2018 closes on Saturday 14 April), read all about Patronage here.


Programme complete… check out our Spotify for a taster!

That’s the 2018 programme away to the printers: 49 artists, more than 200 musicians, 35 ticketed events (plus countless pub sessions)… one unforgettable weekend, heading our way in just seven weeks!

We’ll be posting the programme out to Festival Patrons as soon as we have them, and will post online and distribute locally shortly afterwards.

In the meantime, check out our Spotify playlist (just click on the player icon to load Spotify) for a taster of what’s to come, and who’s heading to the festival next month!


Le Vent du Nord returning to Orkney Folk Festival

We are delighted to present a surprise late addition to the festival programme – the return of the phenomenal Québécois group, Le Vent du Nord!

Renowned the world over, the multi award winning and highly acclaimed band is a leading force in Québec’s progressive francophone folk movement.  The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing its hard-driving soulful music with a broad range of global influences, whilst rooted in the Celtic diaspora.

An enthralling live quintet, Le Vent du Nord continually push the envelope and explore new sounds with stunning vocal arrangements, instrumental textures and an astoundingly tight interplay which they’ve built their legend on. Their five voices unite, alongside bouzouki, fiddle, guitar, piano, hurdy-gurdy, accordion, electric bass, jaw-harp and foot percussion, creating intense, joyful and dynamic live performances that expand the bounds of tradition in striking global directions.

Since forming back in 2002, the group has enjoyed meteoric success, performing well over 1,800 concerts over five continents and racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Félix at ADISQ, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and Artist of the...