- G! Festival
__NOTOC__infobox music festival
music_festival_name = G! Festival
Syðrugøta, Faroe Islands
years_active= 2002 - present
dates = Three days, late in July
Alternative rock, Punk, Rock, Pop, Metal, Christian music, World music
The G! Festival (commonly known as G!) is held annually at the seaside village
Gøtaon Eysturoy. It is one of the two largest music festivals on the Faroe Islands(the other is Summarfestivalurin). It was founded by the local musician Jón Tyril, who is also the present chairman of the festival. The G! Festival is an innovative cultural event which has been well received. The festival brings together leading international musicians as well as local musicians. The founding goal was to change the whole musical landscape of the Faroes. This goal has earned the festival with the position as the most important and influential musical event on the islands.
The G! Festival was the first real outdoor music festival ever held in the Faroe Islands. Around 1000 people bought tickets to the first festival in 2002, and ticket sales have grown steadily ever since. The 2005 G! Festival sold out all 6000 tickets and somewhere between 2000 and 4000 more people watched the music festival from outside the festival area in boats on the sea or in the hills and roads surrounding the area. It is believed that one-fifth of the entire population of the Faroe Islands joined in.
In 2005 Jón Tyril received the
M.A. Jacobsen Distinguished Prize for Cultural Achievementfor his work with G! Festival.
G! Festival cooperates with
Iceland Airwaves. Each year, a group from G! plays at Airwaves and vice versa in exchange. [ [http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/daily_news/?cat_id=21123&ew_0_a_id=285217 Iceland Review] , 15 July 2007]
The 2007 festival features artists such as
Natasha Bedingfield(UK), Guillemots (UK), Young Dubliners(US), The Dixie Hummingbirds(US), Nephew (DK), Hatesphere(DK), Serena Maneesh(NO), Adjágas(NO), Polkaholix(DE), Pétur Ben(IS), Dr. Spock (IS), Eivør Pálsdóttir(FO), Teitur Lassen(FO), Lena Anderssen(FO), Boys In A Band(FO), Sic (FO) Metronomy (UK)
* [http://www.gfestival.com G! Festival] Official website
* [http://www.playlouder.com/feature/+g-festival/ Playlouder.com] G! Festival 2006
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