G! Festival

G! Festival

The G! Festival (commonly known as G!) is held annually at the seaside village Gøta on 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 Achievement for 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.

Specific Years


The 2003 festival featured artists such as Bomfunk MC’s (FI), Úlpa (ÍS), Xploding Plastix (NO), Glorybox (DK), Clickhaze (FO).


The 2004 festival featured artists such as Kashmir (DK), Lisa Ekdahl (SE), Russ Taff (US) , Temple of Sound (UK), Darude (FI), Gåte (NO).


The 2005 festival featured artists such as Nephew (DK), Blue Foundation (DK), Beats and styles (FI), Glenn Kaiser (US), Hjálmar (ÍS), Afenginn (DK), Europe (SE), Eivør (FO), Teitur (FO).


The 2006 festival featured artists such as Mugison (IS), Animal Alpha (NO), Beth Hart (US), Kaizers Orchestra (NO), Outlandish (DK), Infernal (DK), Eivør (FO), Teitur(FO).


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)

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