FAQ - Orkney Blues Festival

Festival FAQ

Where is Orkney Blues Festival?

The festival is held in the port town of Stromness, on the mainland of Orkney. A number of venues within minutes walking distance of each other, host numerous blues acts throughout the weekend. There's lots of good food, great beer and the best local and national blues. Venues include: The Stromness Hotel, The Royal Hotel, The Ferry Inn, The Royal British Legion

When does Orkney Blues Festival take place?

The festival takes place on the last weekend in September every year. The first bands start on Friday 27th September from 7pm - through to the finale event on Sunday 29th September 2019 Friday 27th | 7pm - 1am Saturday 28th | 2pm - 1am Sunday 29th | 2pm - 10pm Times are approximate, and at discretion of venues and festival management.

How much does it cost to get in?

The festival is sponsored by the local hotel venues, which allows free entry to all events throughout the weekend. The only exception to this is the Sunday Festival Finale, which is held at the Stromness Hotel and is our only ticketed event. The finale sells out every year, so book your tickets early. It is very unlikely that any tickets will be available on the door.

What can I do at Orkney Blues Festival?

Generally at any one time, there will be at least two or three different blues artists playing live music at the venues in Stromness during the festival weekend. All the venues are within a couple of minutes walk from each other, so you can easily move between them to explore the different types of live music on offer. The venues offer various lounges and bars, and the best of Orkney food and drink.

How do I get to Orkney Blues Festival?

The festival is held in the town of Stromness, Orkney Islands. The town is connected by public buses and taxi services, and hosts a great range of hotel and B&B accomodation for the weekend. But book early to avoid disappointment. Check our travel and accommodation pages for more information. Orkney Blues Festival
c/o The Royal Hotel, Stromness, Orkney Islands, KW16 3BS

Online Tickets

How do I buy Finale tickets online?

We use an online ticket partner to provide a secure way of buying festival tickets - 'WeGotTickets'. Just visit www.wegottickets.com and search for Orkney Blues Festival 2017. Payment facilites include credit/debit card and Paypal.

How do I access the Finale venue?

When you buy tickets online, you will receive an email with your booking reference. Please bring your booking reference with you to the venue, and you will be asked to confirm the name used to book the tickets. That's all you need!

How do I get a refund?

Refunds are handled through our online ticket partner WeGotTickets. Visit their website and search 'refund' for a guide on their refund policy. www.wegottickets.com

Venues FAQ

Can children attend the festival?

Unfortunately the festival is almost exclusively 18+ for entry to the licensed venues. Some venues may have flexibility with children through the day and in restaurants. Please check with the venue in question to avoid disappointment.

Can I bring alcohol to the festival?

The festival is hosted by licensed hotel venues, and as such, no alcohol can be permitted to enter the premises of any of our venues.

Is there wheelchair / mobility access?

The venues each have varied access options for access and egress of the buildings. Please contact the venues directly and they will gladly be of assistance. Check our 'Venues' page for more information.