One of the most crucial sources of income in keeping the festival going is the invaluable support from individual Festival Patrons – just like you! Whether you are a regular attendee or a first-timer, you can become a Patron or join the year-round Patron Plus scheme – both of which not only assist the festival enormously, but also entitle you to great benefits in return.

For just £20, patrons receive:

  • priority ticket access
    Patrons may purchase two adult tickets per event, per patronage, plus unlimited children’s tickets.
  • 30% off ferry travel to Orkney, from mainland Scotland, with NorthLink Ferries
    Valid on the Scrabster-Stromness and Aberdeen-Kirkwall routes, between 18 May and 1 June, 2019. Passenger and vehicle fares only; overnight cabins not included. Bookings must be made directly with NorthLink Ferries, quoting a discount code issued on confirmation of festival patronage purchase.
  • 10% off festival merchandise
    Orkney Folk Festival merchandise only. Tickets and artist merchandise not included.

When buying patronage, you will be asked to create an account with the festival’s booking platform, PatronBase, or sign back into one created any year from 2015 onwards. Please make sure your account details are memorable – or have your browser save them – as you will need them to log back in, in order to purchase tickets during the priority sale period.

We use PayPal as our online payment processor. Please note that due to changes within Paypal, out with our control, it is no longer guaranteed that you will be able to use the Guest checkout option when you come to pay for your patronage, or tickets. At checkout you should be prepared to create a PayPal account, or you could create one in advance. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Patronage sales have now closed for the 2019 festival. Patronage for 2020 will be available from January. Thank you for supporting the festival.

Patron Plus

On top of Festival Patronage, we have an additional tier of support – the year-round Patron Plus scheme.

For a monthly direct debit of at least £5, Patron Plus members are entered into a draw which pays out half the total cash value collected from the scheme that month (currently £150), with the other half going directly to benefitting the festival. A contribution of £5 per month (£60 per annum) gives the participant one number in the monthly draw, £10 gives two, and so on.

Members of Patron Plus also receive all the benefits of festival Patronage, above: priority ticket access, discount ferry travel with NorthLink Ferries, and discounted festival merchandise.

To register for Patron Plus, we must take a few details from you in order to set up a direct debit. As this process can take a wee while, registration for Patron Plus is currently closed, ahead of the 2019 festival, and will reopen in June.