If you haven't visited the festival before, join us this September.
Every year, the festival welcomes an array of talented blues artists from all over the UK and world, creating an atmosphere that’s filled with energy and an appreciation for music. The festival takes place over three days from Friday to Sunday allowing plenty of opportunity to fall in love with Stromness, and fall in love with Orkney Blues.
Strong support from our locals and businesses has helped the festival grow, attracting the best blues musicians to share the stage with our own homegrown talent - and 2023 is no exception as we look forward to one of the most exciting festivals in it's history.
Make Orkney Blues Festival your reason to visit the Orkney Islands
Stay at the heart of the festival in one of our hotel venues or nearby in the charming town of Stromness.
Orkney Blues Festival is a great way to discover the local music scene and experience the atmosphere of a truly unique event. Whether you’re a music enthusiast or just looking for a fun weekend getaway, this is a festival you won’t want to miss.
The festival event offers a range of entertainment options, with lively performances, workshops, jam sessions, and more. With its stunning location right on the harbourfront, the atmosphere is truly unique - the picturesque town of Stromness is the perfect backdrop to a truly unforgettable musical journey. The festival also offers plenty of opportunities to explore the Orkney Islands. From the historical and magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral in the nearby town of Kirkwall to the impressive Ring of Brodgar and Standing Stones of Stenness, there’s plenty to do before and after the performances over the weekend. Nearer to hand take a walk out past Stromness Golf Course to Warebeth beach and take in the dramatic view across the sea to the islands of Graemsay and Hoy.
FESTIVAL WEEKEND IN STROMNESS
The weekend's festival events in Stromness usually take place during the below times;
NOTE - The last buses from Stromness depart at 0107 hours to Kirkwall only on Fridays and Saturdays - and at 2215 hours on Sundays to Kirkwall and St Margarets Hope. For taxis after this time, we recommend booking them in advance.
Friday 22nd September 2023
From 8pm to 1am
Saturday 23rd September 2023
From 2pm to 1am
Sunday 24th September 2023
From 2pm to 12am
For satnav directions to local free parking follow Stromness Pierhead, KW16 3AA