Festival Membership isn't required, but it certainly helps to make the most of the weekend!
Festival Membership for 2018 is priced at :
- £15 for an adult
- £7 for a child (under 18 on the first day of the festival)
- £30 for a group/family (consisting of two adults and 2 under-18s)
As is the policy with tickets, children under the age of 2 on the first day of the Festival do not require a membership as long as they are not occupying a seat at any of the ticketed events.
2018 SFFS Membership is required for access to the Festival Club.
What does Membership entitle you to?
As well as making your concert tickets considerably cheaper, Membership will also give you access to the Festival Club which is a hub of activity all weekend. Many of our concerts are held there (accessed by SFFS members only) as well as all our workshops, organised and spontaneous sessions as well as programmed late night performances by some of our most lively bands. These activities can go on until the early hours of the morning but please note, at late night peak times the Festival Club may operate on a one in one out basis.
Early SFFS Membership is available to purchase online from 9am on February 1st until midnight on the last day of February (28th February for 2018).
Online membership sales will then reopen on April 2nd at 6pm, and close at 6pm on Monday 30th April 2018 (TBC for 2018).
You can pay online using a PayPal account, or by using a Credit/Debit card. You will be emailed a receipt of your purchase, so please make sure you enter your email address correctly.
Memberships can also be purchased during the Festival from the SFFS Shop at the Festival Club during shop opening hours (Thurs, Fri & Sat - 11am - 5pm). Please note that memberships will not be available for sale outwith these times.
Ticket Sales to Early Members
Early members will be able to order their tickets 2 weeks before going on sale to the general public. Only early members will be able to book tickets from mid March. If you miss the February deadline for purchasing early membership, membership sales re-open on 2nd April at 6pm 2018.
PLEASE NOTE: Concert tickets are always in high demand, so early membership is becoming increasingly popular. However, all tickets will be sold on a strictly first come first served basis. Due to high demand, even some early members will not be able to purchase tickets originally requested.
Each SFFS Member may only purchase one membership priced afternoon concert ticket and one membership priced evening concert ticket per festival day.
In the past, membership receipts were sent to all members in the post. The email notification of membership numbers is now all that customers will receive. You must retain this email, as you will need the information when ordering tickets online and when collecting your membership wristband at the Festival Club once the Festival commences.
Notes on PayPal Checkout
A number of our members contacted us this year to let us know that they couldn't pay for their membership by credit/debit card on PayPal. We got in touch with PayPal who have given the following guidance:
- There is a limit to how many times a customer can pay as a guest before the system will prompt the customer to create an account
- If PayPal associates the user's computer with an existing PayPal account, it will prompt for this to be used instead of the Guest checkout option
- Non-UK customers are not eligible to use the Guest checkout option
What this all means is that it is no longer guaranteed that you will get the Guest checkout option on PayPal. This is a change to previous years, and we'll be looking to move to another payment processor in the future as we know this is an inconvenience to our members. However, we're not in a position to change this at the moment, so all members should be prepared to create a PayPal
Memberships issued by the Shetland Folk Festival Society are non-transferable and non-refundable.