Ticket Update – 20 May (four days to go)

With just four days to go ’til the festival begins, here’s our current ticket availability. Many events are now are down to single figures, and in total we’ve sold over 6,100 tickets – on a par with the last few years’ record sales. There is always a rush in the few days leading up to the festival, so don’t leave it too late and risk missing out…


School’s Out Concert – 10am – Stromness Town Hall – LAST FEW!
Stromness Concert – 7.30pm – Stromness Town Hall – LAST FEW!
Sanday Ceilidh – 7.30pm – Sanday Community School
Song Club – 10.30pm – Royal Hotel, Stromness – LAST FEW!

Talk – 10.30am – Stromness Church of Scotland
The Gathering: Generations – 1pm – Stromness Town Hall – LAST FEW!
Family Concert – 2pm – Stromness Academy
St Ninian’s Concert – 2.30pm – St Ninian’s Church, Deerness
Cathedral Concert – 7.30pm – St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall – LIMITED
Harray Ceilidh – 7.30pm – Harray Community Centre – LAST FEW!
Finstown Concert – 7.30pm – Firth Community Centre – LAST FEW!
Festival Club – 10.30pm – The Stromness Hotel – LAST FEW!

Tickets now on sale… and selling fast!

Roll up, roll up… get your tickets now for the 36th Orkney Folk Festival, whilst you still can.

After two very busy release weekends, we are currently (Friday 4 May) on 17 sold out events, across the festival’s 35  – however that does mean that we still have a great selection of events with tickets still available.

Thursday night is now completely sold out, but there are still tickets left across Friday-Sunday’s programme. Some are down to their last few tickets, though, so don’t put it off – head over to our tickets page and check out some of the fantastic gigs and artists on offer.

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.