First time at the Faenol for Gwyl Gardd Goll


Geraint Jones

HUNDREDS of music fans ignored grey skies over Bangor to enjoy a day of alternative music.

Gwyl Gardd Goll organiser Dilwyn Llwyd said that the event, held for the first yesterday on Faenol Estate after two years at Glynllifon.

“It’s a chilled, relaxed atmosphere with no trouble,” he said. “It’s not the kind of festival where people are up against barriers moshing. “

The festival included acts such as Derwyddon Dr Gonzo, Yucutan, Mr Huw, Haku Tokinawa and Ryan Kift playing on the festival field and in the Nyth (nest) farm building.

Ryan, of Llanrug, said that this his performance had gone well.

“It was brilliant, Y Nyth is a sweet venue,” he said. “It would be possible to add more stages here, maybe hip hop and dance.“

Eirian Muse, of Carmel, said: “It’s lovely - there’s a leisurely atmosphere and it’s nice to see people of all ages here.”

Gwyl Gardd Goll was first held in the amphitheatre at the Glynllifon Estate in 2007 but Dilwyn said that the festival had to move if it was to develop.

“The amphitheatre was brilliant but in this world of health and safety it wasn’t going to work in the long term,” he said.

Dilwyn added that the festival depended on the people of the region and would continue to appeal to fans of Welsh alternative music rather than go for mainstream acts.

“We want the festival to develop sideways rather than upwards,” he said. “We could have more stages but you won’t see Coldplay headlining.”

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