Save the date! 9th Orkney Rock Festival 6th - 8th September 2024

The 9th Orkney Rock Festival will be held on the 6th to 8th September 2024 and applications for visiting acts are now invited!

Visiting acts to the main event must have original material in order to be considered.

Please email your bio, photo and any links to [email protected],

Closing date for applications is the 17th December 2023 and considerations and selection will be made in January.

A separate announcement for local artists to play the main event will be made at a later date along with invitations of interest for performers to play pub gigs over the weekend of 6th to 8th of September 2024.

Please note Orkney Live Wire and the Orkney Rock Festival are run by volunteers who also have day jobs and as such email and social media messenger services are not manned constantly- bear with us and we will get back to you when we can!

Added 17th November 2023

Orkney Rock Festival 2023- full programme

Kicking off with Dead Right's debut gig on Thursday 31st August in the Torv, right through to Razormouth launching their new record (we're old school) and closing the festival on the 3rd September, we have a packed schedule for you, of free pub gigs and the ticketed Main Event showcasing visiting (and local) bands playing their own original music on Saturday.

Buy tickets, tee shirts, raffle tickets. You know you want to.

Bring cash, you can always get rid of it in our collection buckets.

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Added 29th September 2023


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.

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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