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17 August 20172017 Rock Festival Tickets on sale now!

Delighted to say that the tickets are on sale now! See poster below for more details. 

Tickets are only £15 and gain access to the all day Main Event in The Neuk (aka Matchmakers) at the Albert Hotel. Available from the Orcadian Bookshop in Kirkwall, Sinclair Office Supplies in Stromness, and online at

Note also...

Our chosen charity this year is Orkney Deaf Children's Society, and they will share in the proceeds from this year's Rock Festival


The Main Event and the sales of raffle tickets make the difference between future events happening or not happening , and whether they are big or small. Please buy tickets to see the excellent acts at the Main Event, as well as enjoying the pub gigs where there will be the opportunity to buy raffle tickets and make donations!

Help us promote the Festival

Please download, print, and put up our poster- a high res version can be downloaded here.

And finally...

Thanks to all the venues and the brilliant local and visiting acts for playing - it's your enthusiasm and generosity that keeps us going through three busy days!


09 August 2017County Show Night Dance

Orkney Live Wire once again comes up trumps with a Show Night Dance to enjoy, with Shetland's Scaldin Bragg, in the newly refurbished Matchmakers, or The Neuk as it has been renamed.

Anyone who saw them at last years Rock Festival will remember how much fun they were. Saying frantic folk shenanigans in a punk shaped pint glass, a six piece band with a rock back bone (drums, bass, guitar, and vocals) with a dressing of folk (mandolin, banjo, and fiddle), doesn't quite do them justice.

Their gigs are always a great laugh and they aim to get the whole audience up and dancing.

Tickets are on sale from Grooves or the Albert Hotel, or on the door on the night if you're sharp. £8, 10.30pm - 1am


07 August 2017Rock Festival visiting bands announced!

Along with a host of local artists, this year sees the largest number of visiting acts to ever perform at the festival. Nine bands from all across the country will be travelling to Orkney to add a little extra flame to the fire, as the rock festival celebrates its fourth year.

Saturday, September 2, will see six of these acts take to the stage at Matchmakers, or The Neuk at the Albert Hotel if you are a bit more modren, for The Main Event, the ticketed gig that is the showcase for the festival, and the means of letting it all happen again in the future- get you tickets in advance, and we'll announce here when they go on sale.

Check the The Bands page for more info, links and clips

This ticketed gig will include performances from:

The King Lot

This rock trio from the heart of Scotland, comprising Jason Sweeney, Chris Gillon
and Jay Moir, straddle a multitude of rock styles. Melodic, with a hard rock edge, they
are fast becoming known as ‘masters of earwormery’.
With their second album release in the works, the trio be treating the Orkney crowd
to a selection of their latest tunes

Fit To Work

Comprised of four Orcadian old school buddies, reunited and based in the Central Belt, Fit To Work will be dishing out lethal hardcore punk, so get your earplugs at the ready!

Dripping with venomous political invective, this self-described Quasi-Autonomous, Non-Governmental Punk Act is the sum of Harry Giles (vocals), Daniel Firth (guitar), Duncan Harcus (bass) and Iain Stewart (drums).

No Sweat

Shetland’s longest performing rock band will be thrilling the Kirkwall crowd with a selection of their well-crafted original material. Formed in Yell, back in 1980, this band has supported the likes of Status Quo, Showaddywaddy and Roddy Hart.

Trongate Rum Riots

Hailing from Glasgow, a city soaked in salty maritime tradition, this band originally formed as a sea-shanty band with hopes of reviving that rich and emotive form of music. Over the past four years, however, the band has evolved to incorporate the many influences its troupe of musicians bring on board. With a style ranging from sweaty punk to dirty folk, this eight-piece riot will be bringing their powerful style of joyous chaos to The Main Event this September.

Forgotten Sons

This four-piece force from Shetland, consisting of Birdy Burgess on lead vocals, Sandy Middleton on guitar and vocals, Danny Carter on bass and John Gair on drums is expected to deliver high-energy rock at its most elemental.
With melodic and distorted riffs, topped with harmonies and drum fills to make your heart explode, their sound shows inspiration from a wide range of sources, including Alkaline Trio, The Gaslight Anthem, and Biffy Clyro.

Iron Altar 

Formed during the cold dark winter nights of Edinburgh at the end of 2015, this band is a brutal combination of old-school and modern technical metal. With influences from Black Sabbath and Corrosion Of Conformity to Lamb Of God and Mastodon, Iron Altar aims to deliver sonic devastation to all at The Main Event.

On top of The Main Event, Orkney Rock Festival will also be treating local rockers to a further three visiting acts:

Aberdeen band Counterfall, lead by Orcadian guiarist Taylor Pirie; Portalooth, an Edinburgh fusion of funk and metal; and Delorean, an 80s-inspired pop and disco riot, are all set to play the various pub gigs throughout Kirkwall.