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Orkney Blues Festival: 2023 Headliners Announced

Updated: Apr 6, 2023

The Orkney Blues Festival is back again in 2023, and the headlining acts have been announced! This year's festival promises to be the best yet, with a lineup that includes some of the top blues talent in the world right now.



The Significance of the Headliners for the Festival

The headliners for the 2023 Orkney Blues Festival are Animals & Friends, Rob Tognoni, Kyla Brox, and The Cinelli Brothers. These artists were carefully selected to perform at the festival because they represent the best in blues music. Each of these artists has a unique sound and style that will appeal to a broad range of music lovers.


Rob Tognoni is an Australian blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter who has been touring the world for over 30 years. He is known for his high-energy performances and his ability to get the audience on their feet and dancing.


Kyla Brox is a British blues singer who has been described as having a voice that can "stop you in your tracks." She has won numerous awards for her music and has been compared to some of the great blues singers of the past.



The Cinelli Brothers are an Italian blues band that has been making waves in the UK blues scene. They are known for their tight musicianship and their ability to blend traditional blues with modern influences. We are so ready to welcome them back to the festival this year!


Animals & Friends are a modern take on the British blues-rock band that has been around since the 1960s. They are best known for their hit song "The House of the Rising Sun" and are considered one of the pioneers of the British invasion of the US music scene.


Activities and Events at the Festival

In addition to the music, there are many other activities and events at the festival. These include workshops, jam sessions, and open mic sessions. There will also be plenty of Orkney's famous food and drink at the venues and cafes in Stromness (check out our festival food hub at The Ferry Inn), as well as merchandise vendors selling blues-related items.

The workshops will cover a variety of topics, including guitar playing, songwriting, and singing in most cases. The jam sessions and open mic sessions are a great way for festival-goers to get involved and show off their own musical talents.



Accommodation Options for Festival-Goers

There are many accommodation options for festival-goers in Orkney. These include hotels, bed and breakfasts, and camping sites. It is important to book accommodation in advance, as the festival is likely to attract a large number of visitors. Find out more on our website.


Travel Tips for Attending the Festival

The Orkney Blues Festival is held in September, which is a great time to visit Scotland. The weather is mild, and the crowds are smaller than during the peak summer months. Festival-goers should plan to arrive in Orkney a few days before the festival to allow time to explore the island.


How to Purchase Tickets for the Festival

Tickets for the Orkney Blues Festival can be purchased online. It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance to avoid disappointment, as the festival is likely to sell out.


Things to Do in Orkney During the Festival Downtime

In addition to the festival, there are many things to do in Orkney during the festival downtime. These include visiting the Neolithic sites, such as Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar, exploring the beautiful beaches, and visiting the local museums and galleries.



Why the Orkney Blues Festival is a Must-Attend Music Festival in Scotland

The Orkney Blues Festival is a must-attend music festival in Scotland because it offers a unique and intimate experience for blues lovers. The festival is held in a beautiful location, and the lineup features some of the top blues talent in the UK and the world. In addition to the music, there are many other activities and events at the festival, making it a great weekend getaway for music lovers.


Location and Dates of the Orkney Blues Festival in 2023

The Orkney Blues Festival will be held on the weekend of September 22-24, 2023, at various venues throughout Orkney.


Lineup and Schedule for the Festival

The full lineup and schedule for the festival will be announced closer to the date of the event. Festival-goers should check the festival website for updates and information.



Travel to Orkney this September

Join us as Orkney hosts some of the top blues talent in the UK and World all in one place for the weekend! There has never been a better time to take that bucket list trip to Orkney this September.



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