Gagnef Festival Review
Gagnef Festival is held annually in the summer at Ängshols People’s Park (folk park) in Gagnef, Sweden. This year the event was held over the weekend of July 6-8 2017, a manic and magical 4 days of forest love and wicked tunes. It is the epitome of a boutique festival which has seen it win the Boutique Festival of the year for 2018 (Festicket). This is an impressive feat since it originating as a 30th Birthday party over 10 years ago.
Even today the festival has an undeniable community feel to it as the festival organisers work collaboratively with the artists and store vendors to create this amazing event. The festival is capped at 3,000 people in order to keep its intimate feel ensuring that all who are contributing are there from a place of love.
The festival itself is immersed in nature as it is set beside the calm, tranquil Dalälven river where the festivities are intertwined with the stunning forest. This setting is truly magic! Peter Schröder, the Gagnef Festival event organiser, describes it perfectly as loving, mind-expanding and ever-changing and I couldn’t agree more.
The open clearing in the forest is setup with hammocks and artwork, perfect for chilling out and adding to the trippy festival nights. The ever-light evenings make the forest the greatest escape to experience ‘darkness’ where time has no place. As the stages come to an end, the forest comes alive with lights, music, positive vibes and sparkle which is reflected from the giant spinning disco ball. It is here where you will stand in awe as the waterfall cascades down from the forest canopy which is both mind-blowing and unforgettable.
The Amphitheatre ‘main stage’ provides the perfect vantage point to experience the artists and take in the positive vibrations the festival is exuberating. The stage background of the riverside tops off this piece of Paradise and is the only measure of time passing by.
Music & Art
Gagnef Festival is the perfect place to experience the hottest musical performers that you have never heard of, to see incredible visual art you have never seen and to dance the days away with hipsters who have never crossed your path before. There is music to please all as it ranges from electro, indie rock, rap and hardcore techno to the soft melodic sounds of instrumental choirs.
We absolutely loved the vibrant and captivating set from Gnucci with her funky beats and energetic dance moves. She is definitely one to watch in 2018 and the perfect artist to add to your party playlist.
A few artists we would recommend keeping an eye out for include Ms Banks (UK), Sammy & Johnny Bennett, Blanck Mass and Fontän.
Alex Backstrom is an emerging visual audio artist to keep an eye on too. Check out my interview with Alex from Gagnef festival for more information on her work.
Overall this festival is the perfect paradise to escape from the mundane, connect with like-minded souls and expose yourself to new art and opportunity. Congratulations to Peter and the team for winning the Boutique Festival of the year. This is a well-deserved win for a Festival who will have a place in my heart forever.
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