Early membership figures for the Shetland Folk festival are up on last year.
Society member Mhari Pottinger said sales were slightly higher than 2013 – with this year being the first time all membership and ticket sales are online.
This is after the Shetland Folk Festival Society decided to move away from paper booking forms system as it was said to be too time intensive for volunteers. However, Ms Pottinger was unable to reveal how many memberships had been sold.
On 22nd February the society’s Burns Lane office was opened for early membership – which allows those who pay the upfront cost access to the festival club at Islesburgh Community Centre, early booking and cheaper ticket prices.
But Ms Pottinger said only one person came to the office that day.
“I think that’s a sign of the times,” she said.
“Most people have access to the internet or know people who have access to it. We don’t envisage it to be too much of a problem.”
Concert tickets go on sale to early membership holders online on Saturday, 15th March.
However the festival shop in Burns Lane will also be opening the same day between noon and 5pm to help anybody who may be having problems with the new online system or does not have access to a computer.
On 5th April concert tickets are open to the general public and memberships can also be purchased.
Memberships allow access to the festival club and ticket discounts.
The shop will also be open for anyone having difficulties with purchasing tickets or membership online.