Welcome to the Shetland Folk Festival
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The 42nd Shetland Folk Festival will be held between 2nd -5th May 2024 and as the UK's most northerly folk festival, it is regarded as a prestigious event for performers, locals and visitors alike.
Organised by a voluntary committee (and run by an even bigger pool of volunteers) the Festival prides itself in reaching out to even the most far flung areas of Shetland. Concerts are organised throughout the isles, consisting of some of the best International, British and Shetland music that the world has to offer. In fact, visiting artistes are regularly dumbfounded by the quantity and quality of local musicians that our remote isles have to offer.
"This Festival requires a Government Health Warning - Nobody sleeps"
Dick Gaughan, 1981
For SFFS members, there is a Festival Club in Shetland's capital, Lerwick, where you'll find formal and informal daytime concerts, workshops, and fantastic "sessions".
The event culminates with the Foy concerts on the Sunday night, where audiences have an opportunity of seeing most visiting acts in one evening. Held over three venues, the acts are shuffled between halls by mini bus and perform in each hall for around 15 minutes. It's crazy but it works!
Here's a little taster of whats in store and a video guide with useful hints and tips