Tickets go on sale for inaugural Shetland Reel Music Festival

by Kirsty Halcrow -

Tickets are now on sale at the Shetland Box Office for the first Shetland Reel Music Festival to be held in Unst this summer.

The UK's most northerly music festival will feature a blend of top US and Shetland talent at the Saxa Vord Resort on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August.

A website for the festival – www.shetlandreelmusic.com – which is packed with information about the performers, ticket details and travel information, has been launched today by NB Communication.

There are several different types of tickets, with all including the cost of ferry travel from the Shetland mainland to Unst.

Adult Weekend tickets are priced £45 and will grant you access to all three days of the Festival while Adult Day tickets are priced £16 and will grant you access to one day of the Festival (Friday, Saturday or Sunday).

Teen Weekend tickets, for those aged 13-17 who must be accompanied by an adult, are priced £35 and will grant you access to all three days of the Festival. Teen Day tickets are priced £13 and will grant you access to one day of the Festival (Friday, Saturday or Sunday).

Children aged 12 or under can attend the Festival for free, but tickets must be booked in advance. Child Weekend and Child Day tickets are not available online and must be booked by calling Shetland Box Office on 01595 745555 or in person at Islesburgh or Mareel.

Accommodation is also available at Saxa Vord Resort and there will be space, free of charge, for festival-goers wishing to take caravans or tents. Anyone wishing to do this is asked to call the organisers on 01957 711711 in advance so that space can be allocated for you.

Several new Shetland performers have been confirmed for the festival, which will be curated by Dolly Parton guitarist Jim Salestrom and feature Jim himself, his son James, West Coast band Marley's Ghost and Liv Taylor from the US and Lisa Ward, The Sheila Henderson Band and Arthur Nicholson from Shetland.

Daniel Duke, who appeared alongside Lisa on BBC1's The Voice, will also be making a guest appearance.

The newly confirmed performers are: Autopilot, Blind Summit, Freda Leask & the Shoormal Band, Ian McCormack, Maggie & Brian, Megan & Lauren, North Country Fair, The Bashies, The Dirty Lemons, The FB and Väir.

For festival updates check out the Shetland Reel Music Festival facebook page.

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