Wow. Isn’t Guernsey amazing? We punch above our weight in so many ways from having expert professionals across the finance sector to wonderful restaurants and now we have a festival that rivals any other.
2012 was the second year the Guernsey Festival was staged and what a year it was. Not only did the number of people who attended the two-day event reach above 5,000 (twice as many as last year) but lots of visitors from Jersey, France and the UK descended on the fields at the Rabbit Warren to experience a huge variety of artists. This is definitely not something we see in Guernsey every day and the Livingroom team turned out to support the event on both days. The organisers obviously worked really hard to get a great mix of acts to cater to all music tastes from guitar virtuosos to funk, rock to house, reggae to drum and bass. We saw Macy Gray, Maverick Sabre, Kaiser Chiefs, King Charles, Cassidy, The Charlatans, Delilah, SHY FX, Utah Saints, Albert Lee, Raising Maisie among a full list of a staggering 67 artists and acts. Street performers entertained the crowds and we had a mix of sunshine and rain and the mud on the second day gave the whole thing the true festival feel. Our very own Livingroom super star Jodie Webber and her band partners, Adam Powell and Iain Baxter, took to the Centre Circle stage on Saturday in the glorious sunshine and they were amazing. They had the crowd captivated and we were very proud.
The festival was also all about a celebration of home grown talent and there were 17 local acts and five Jersey bands that held their own beautifully with the headliners. If this is what 2012 brought to Guernsey we cannot wait to see the star-studded line-up next year. Guernsey Festival is yet another example of our little island putting us firmly on the world map and we salute the organisers for their hard work, the risks they took and the passion they have for doing something great for Guernsey.