A remote location and the challenges it brings have done nothing to deter the organisers of G! Festival (cap. 5,000).
Approaching its 17th edition next year the festival takes place in the north of the island in Syðrugöta, which has a population of 400 and is situated between mountain peaks and the ocean, in a parcel of land skirting the coast. Stages are built on the beach and the village football pitch.
“Even by Faroese standards the event is remote,” says booker Fred Ruddick. “The stages, and much of the production sail in from Iceland, so logistically it is quite an operation.”
That hasn’t stopped acts including Metronomy, Travis, Gabrielle Aplin and Kris Kristofferson playing the three-day festival.
“It started as one stage, but as the first of its kind in the Faroe Islands, the festival grew very quickly to three stages, as did the capacity,” adds Ruddick. “We now operate a fourth late night stage which sees DJs, MC’s and club nights hosting dance music into the early morning.”
Acts for next year’s festival, from 12-14 July, are yet to be announced.