GSFF EST. 2017
If the vision matters, the journey matters.
2022 opened a new cycle for GSFF.
From March till November
it was all about legendary artists, acclaimed premieres,
and cherished moments!
This was truly a year for the books!
March saw the launch of GSFF Pop Up Mondays with the Greek premiere of "Ghost Blues",
when a sold out Gagarin welcomed Rory's nephew, Daniel, who flew all the way from New York, to join us for one of the warmest, most wholesome Q&As ever.
Irish band Deuce opened the night with a career-spanning live tribute to Rory, with local singer/songwriter Kostas Livadas joining them on stage for a couple songs.
April brought us another Pop Up Monday,
dedicated to PJ Harvey, an artist with a special connection with Greek audiences.
Local duo The Noise Figures took to the stage for their first show in Athens in 2,5 years, followed by a brief introductory panel discussion with film critic Poly Lykourgou and writer Vasia Tzanakari.
The perfect warm up for what lay in store for the rest of the night: an amazing video Q&A with photographer/filmmaker Seamus Murphy and the first ever Athenian screening of his documentary, "A Dog Called Money".
In May, Swedish band H.E.A.T,
took the GSFF stage by storm,
with their pure, sexy, intoxicating Rock'n'Roll!
September found us celebrating with Firewind and their amazing
Still Raging: 20th Anniversary Show.
Before we knew it, October came.
And brought us Geoff Tate with his two EMPIRE 30th Anniversary Shows
in Athens and Thessaloniki, that came down in history!
It was about time our regular GSFF screenings programme returned after 3 long years.
And so, it did. Big time!
With something so special that would break every record: the global event for the world premiere of the acclaimed "DIO: Dreamers Never Die" doc!
We bid farewell to a lovely October with the national premiere of "ZAPPA" and welcomed November with yet another special closing night that comprised the national premiere of "Death By Metal" about the legendary Chuck Schuldiner, and a GSFF exclusive:
the Special Preview of the documentary about legendary Greek extreme metallers, Nightfall!
3 acclaimed premieres.
3 iconic artists.
3 nights in the best company...
... our special guests: Wendy Dio, Geoff Tate, Jeff Scott Soto, Hakos Pervanidis, George "Dio" Galanis, Harry Symvoulidis, Efthimis Karadimas, Akis Kapranos, Gus G, and filmmakers Don Argott, Demian Fenton, Alex Winter, Felipe Belalcazar, Antoine de Montremy!
Our incredible opening acts, Rock n Roll Children, Irene Ketikidi and Blasteroid!
And of course, all of you, GSFF Nation!
We had an awesome time!
We miss you already. But will see you very soon.
Keep the vibe alive!
There was no stopping us now! Neither the postponements of the previous months nor the tropical thunderstorm earlier in the day!
It was time for our first ever open-air event, GSFF Technopolis Edition!
For three summer nights under the stars,
it was all about breaking ground and making it happen. It was about getting back together; about bringing back the magic, our missing mojo and everything we’ve been
Our live act, Remember Lizzy, the first band to hit an Athens stage after months of silence, officially declared the start of the summer festival season with an amazing setlist of iconic Thin Lizzy hits, played their hearts out and opened our appetite for what would follow. Next up, our guest panel. A fascinating discussion, complete with a guest video appearance by film director Emer Reynolds, that took us all to a journey down memory lane and into the depths of Philo's beautiful and tormented soul.
It was time for our eager audience to enjoy the Greek Premiere of Songs For While I'm Away, and it was well worth the wait. An intimate and inspiring portrait of the legend that is Phil Lynott, directed with pure love and utmost respect by Emer Reynolds.