Committee member Louise Johnson said numbers were higher than in recent years, with around 6,000 tickets sold along with many hundreds flocking to non-ticketed events such as two free events on board the Statsraad Lehmkuhl sailing ship and an early years concert.
Perhaps it was because the locals had managed to survive the previous three booze-fuelled nights without injury or impairment, although it was more likely a toast to another successful festival.
VARIETY has been the optimal word at this weekend's 37th Shetland Folk Festival, with acts from all across the globe performing on the big stage at Clickimin, intimate village hall concerts, on board a sailboat in Lerwick Harbour, on ferry car decks and at countless impromptu sessions whenever the moment seemed right.
Crowds flocked on board three-masted sail training ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl on Friday and Saturday afternoons for free concerts that happily coincided with the nicest weather Shetland has enjoyed this spring.
Opening the show and making their debut at the festival was local act Tru Nort. The five piece covered tracks by Little Big Town, Alison Moyet and Nancy Griffith and had an easy, relaxed vibe to their performance.
The festival's Spangin' Spree gig opened up the dance floor to scores of giddy punters eager to start their weekend in style.
Perhaps exemplifying the broad, all-encompassing nature of folk, there were touches of swing, jazz, blues and...circus.
IT MIGHT not have felt much like spring recently, but sitting in the Bigton Hall last night with the sun streaming in through the windows and that unmistakable folk festival buzz in the air, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a hazy summer evening.
Local band Hollow Mountain added to the summery vibe, kicking things off with their cheerful set and a song which paid tribute to a day at the eela.
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