Whew! What a weekend! Kirkwall certainly knows the Orkney Rock Festival happened, the buzz the whole weekend was fantastic.
After we decompress, we'll be in touch about our post-festival survey, which we'd appreciate if you can fill in. First though, lets say thanks.
Thanks to all of our fantastic visiting acts, The Sea Atlas, Crooked Little Vein, 1968, Bitter Divide (who drove from Andover and back to headline - respect!), Portalooth, and Counterfall, and of course also our friends from Shetland, Ten Tonne Dozer, Throat Locust, Forgotten Sons and DeLorean.
Thanks also to our brilliant local bands and volunteers who contribute so much to the festival, not least loaning us their gear, and their expertise! Our Sound People are the soundest of people.
The whole idea behind it was to stimulate the local rock scene, and with new bands (and especially new young bands) performing at the festival for their first time this year, it seems to be working. Our longer established bands just keep getting better too- what a standard of music we have here.
The pubs and venues and our sponsors, Northlink and The Orcadian, are essential partners and we are very appreciative of their ongoing support. We also are greatly appreciative of everybody who donated raffle prizes, and we'll giving you a shout out on the Live Draw on Wednesday, and listing here and on the website.
Thanks to Sinclair Office Supplies, A Yarn, and The Orcadian Bookshop for selling our tickets, Trek and Travel for t-shirt printing, John Kemp's for embroidery, and Kerry Cooper for design.
And to all the people who come to the gigs, go to the Main Event, put money in the buckets and buy raffle tickets, thank you most of all. The Festival is the sum of its parts and you help make it happen too, you are part of the family.
Let's do it all again next year.
[Pictured: Orkney Live Wire commitee and volunteers plus Main Event bands after Saturday's Main Event]