Tickets for the 2018 Main Event on sale now

Tickets for the Main Event on Saturday 1st September, the showcase for the visiting bands plus Rum Ham, Drones, and the Orkney Rocks Choir, are available online from or from The Orcadian Bookshop, A Yarn, and Sinclair Office Supplies.


Check out the visiting acts!

Find out all about our stunning visiting acts on the newly updated 2018 Visiting Bands page. I'm excited about the festival just having created the page, can't wait to feel the floor shake when these bands are playing live in front of me. Don't believe me? Check them out.

Festival schedule and tees shirts at the printers, local band profiles in The Orcadian tomorrow, it's getting close. Check back here regularly in the run up to see what's new.

Added 1/8/18


Behold: the 2018 Rock Festival!

Check back here for news of online and physical ticket sales, and the all important raffle that allows us to do this for you lucky people.


Did you enjoy the 2017 Orkney Rock Festival?

Hope so! They did!

A lot of love for the 2017 festival from performers and participants on the Orkney Live Wire Facebook page.

And thanks to bands, artistes, venues and all, and Smid does a good job of saying that on the page. Thanks to all who bought Main Event tickets, raffle tickets (see the Facebook page to see the draw!), bought merchandise and made donations - this is what means we can do this again.

We're enthused and already thinking about next year. Meanwhile add your testimonials and stories on Facebook and fill in our post event survey. Watch out also for our online merch shop, also coming very soon. We can't sleep at night for worrying that someone can't get the 2015 Orkney Rock Festival t-shirt or vest they need to complete their collection...

[Picture by Birdy Burgess of Forgotten Sons]


Orkney Live Wire is a group of music enthusiasts who aim to promote and support live music in and around the county.

Orkney Live Wire rallied together in the summer of 2014 to organise Orkney's first Rock Festival, held in early Sept 2014- the festival was a massive success showcasing local artists and along with visiting acts from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Shetland and inspired the organisers to continue in their promotion of live music throughout the Orkney Islands.

Upcoming events

As well as the Festival. Orkney Live Wire promotes gigs throughout the year, notably on County Show night, at Halloween, the New Year, and other times the fancy takes us. Keep an eye on our News and Events pages for what is coming up.

This year sees the fifth Orkney Rock Festival taking place over 3 days from 3oth August-2nd September- more details to follow on the pages for 2018 Festival, coming Real Soon Now.

PA Hire

Any profits are wholly reinvested in encouraging live music in Orkney. We've invested in a PA, drum kit, and bass and guitar cabs to make it easier to organise gigs and attract visiting bands.

The PA is available for hire, with or without sound engineering. Find out more here.

Social media

We have pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube that we want to make more of - they are linked to in our banner, above. Help us by taking picture and videos and posting them on our pages, and tag us using #orkneyrockfestival and #orkney_livewire

And link to us and cross post our pages and events using the AddThis sidebar on the left.

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