This Music Festival in the Faroe Islands Is Magic
Still bummed out by the Fyre Festival disaster? Renew your faith in the music festival experience with a photo tour of the G! Festival.
Held each July in the remote Faroe Islands (between Norway and Iceland), the three-day event brings in an eclectic mix of local and international talent, and is known for its friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
Locals from the former Viking village of Syðrugöta (population: 400) welcome festival guests from around the world, who pack into beachside wooden hot tubs when they’re taking a break from the shows and often stick around after the event to explore the rugged beauty of the islands.
Despite its remote location, the Faroes are actually only a short flight away from the U.K. – making this magical music experience more accessible than you might think.
G! Festival Sandur Stage
The main Festival stage is set up right on the beach, with the rugged Faroe Islands landscape providing a stunning backdrop. (Performing here: Danish band Phlake)
G! Festival Campsites
Beach campsites are a popular option for accommodation during G! Festival, and there are also hotels available in nearby Tórshavn.
Irish band Hudson Taylor goes through sound check on the G! Festival main stage.
G! Festival Crowds
Bubbles and sparklers make an appearance in the crowds.
Post-Hot Tub Swim, Syðrugöta
After soaking in the G! Festival's many hot tubs, festival guests take a dip in the cold water off the beach at Syðrugöta.
Hot Tubs and Beer
From left: A Danish reveler displays his Viking spirit in the hot tubs; there's plenty of beer on tap for festival guests.
Gjógv, Faroe Islands
Kids playing in the village of Gjógv on the northeast tip of the island of Eysturoy (about 30 minutes away from the G! Festival action). Many Festival guests stay on to explore the Faroes after the shows conclude.
Photo Ops and Food Trucks
G! Festival provides some of the essential elements to any great music festival: photo ops, and food trucks.
Kaldbaksfjørður, Faroe Islands
Rugged views of Kaldbaksfjørður on Eysturoy, the island that hosts G! Festival.
Two Sides of the G! Festival
From left: Traditional houses in Tórshavn; a G! Festival volunteer shows of his G! Cam, and G! branded beer.
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Detail of traditional Faroese grass-roofed houses, in Tórshavn, the capital city of the Faroe Islands.
A curious horse - with a music-festival-worthy mane - roams the island of Eysturoy.