Folkies will be able to enjoy drams into small hours at May festival
Shetland Folk Festival has been granted a licence to sell alcohol at its Islesburgh club until 2am each night.
This year’s festival, billed as a “four-day spree of brilliant folk music, sessions and sleep deprivation”, kicks off on Thursday 2nd May and concludes with the final fling on Monday 6th May.
The licensing board unanimously granted the application on Friday after hearing that local policy allowed for occasional licences for special events deemed to be of local, national or international significance.
Appearing on behalf of the festival committee, Paul Rutherford said the club had a “high degree of stewardship” and created a “relaxed, friendly musical atmosphere” at Islesburgh.
Festival-goers are issued with wristbands so bar staff can immediately tell who is over the age of 18, and he said the club had never had a problem with underage drinking.
Among the artists lined up for the 33rd festival are five high-class acts from across the Atlantic. They are multi-talented Canadian performer April Verch, Juno Award winning singer Old Man Luedecke, Cape Breton collective Coìg, North Caroline singer-songwriter Woody Pines and Grammy-nominated Cajun/Creole artist Cedric Watson.
A trio of Irish acts, Niamh Ní Charra, Kieran Goss and The Rambling Boys of Pleasure, will be making an appearance. Hard-working UK roots group Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra, bluegrass-y Brits Leon Hunt n-Tet, Afro-Cuban salsa five-piece Son Yambu and Skerryvore (hailing from Tiree) will also join a bill also including a host of local acts.