The Orkney Blues Festival is the most northerly of its kind in the UK.

Held in the picturesque town of Stromness, the festival hosts some of the best rhythm and blues artists from around the world, and they are supported by an eclectic mix of local talent.

The festival is well-established and helps bring the town to life every September, with music enthusiasts making their way around the various venues. All of the events are free of charge, except the finale concert on Sunday night.

There’s no better way to celebrate the godfather of 20th century popular music culture, the blues, than with a weekend in Orkney.

The committee operates Orkney Blues as volunteers and do not make a profit. All funds go to providing bigger and better events and attracting well-known and talented artists to Orkney. The committee is made up of blues enthusiasts and local artists, with support for the festival coming from local businesses.