This summer sees the second year of Vunk Fest, a non-profitable and non-contemporary music and art festival for Shetland.
The festival, over the weekend beginning Friday 9th July, consists of four main events designed to allow people to interact with music and art, as well as providing opportunities to hear bands that have never before played in Shetland, while supporting and highlighting the talents of some local musicians and artists.
The opening concert is at the Voe hall on the Friday evening, a dry bar event for over-14s featuring some of Shetland’s most aspiring youth rock musicians as well as the seasoned musicians: Dangerfields from Northern Ireland along with Chugg, Xylophone Race, Bacchus, Hidden Agenda, Semperfi, Sick Twisted Fate and Pets In Jars. Tickets cost £10 each.
The following night at Norscot Angling Club showcases bands from Holland, England, Scotland, Orkney and Shetland. Headlining will be A Thousand Lies from Newcastle with Ten Tonne Dozer, Deafening, Monstertone, Bitumen River, The Brothel Corpse Trio, Poison Popcorn, Dirty Ride and the great Inverness band Stolen Order in their last ever performance together.
Tickets cost £10 and are available from High Level Music, Shetland Drums, Clive’s Record Shop and the Isleburgh Box Office on (01595) 745555.
Over the weekend there is a music and film inspired art exhibit of works from Shetland, Orkney and Australia with contributors presenting their views of music and musicians in a range of styles with an artist remit of ego and persona.
The exhibition will also feature a selection of images captured of the bands playing over the weekend. Musician and artist interactive events will be exhibited in film, photographs and painting.The three-day exhibition of visual arts takes place at the Shetland Museum, with no admission charge. The winners of the under-18 art competition will also be on display during the exhibition.
On Sunday 11th July the film showcase will take place in the Shetland Museum auditorium. There will also be music performances accompanying films on show and people will have the opportunity to meet members of the bands in an informal environment.
Vunk Fest also has a display of artwork from the 2009 festival exhibition which will be exhibited at the Isleburgh Community Centre, upper foyer from 25th June through to 11th July.