Faroe Islands band plays 24 gigs in 24 hours

Group waiting to see if it's a world record

Newcomers Boys In A Band played a mammoth 24 shows in 24 hours this weekend (July -1819) at a selection of different locations on the Faroe Islands.

The band decided to take up the challenge on the eve of the release of their debut album, ‘Black Diamond Train’.

The five-piece, who are huge stars in their homeland of the Faroe Islands, performed gigs all over the islands culminating with a show at G! Festival on evening (19).

Starting at 7pm on Friday (18) with a short acoustic performance outside a shop in the capital of the islands, Thorshavn, the band’s lead singer Pætur Zachariasson held a clock and the group counted down to the start of the gig marathon.

The five-piece then played a selection of acoustic songs in the drizzling rain to gathered bemused locals and their children.

Playing a few tracks per show Boys In A Band performed at a variety of venues from the grass covered roof of a public toilet to the inside of a cave and even an idyllic waterfall setting.

Pulling large crowds for most of the gigs, despite gigging at some rural locations and unsociable times, the band travelled between shows by helicopter, boat, mini bus and even hitched a ride on the back of some Hell’s Angels type motorcyclists’ bikes.

By their final gig, at the Faroe Islands‘ biggest yearly music event G! Festival, it was clear the band’s energy hadn’t wavered despite lack of sleep.

Stalking the stage like pros the surprisingly energetic band, who were obviously overjoyed they had succeeded, drew a massive crowd to their gig complete with crowd surfers and were mobbed post show for autographs.

They are currently looking into whether completing 24 gigs in 24 hours is a world record.

Speaking to NME.COM after the show singer Zachariasson explained how the idea came to fruition.

He said: “It started out as like a joke but somebody took it too seriously – somebody was too drunk!”

He revealed the band had been planning the challenge strategically for about four months – stoking out locations and checking timings.

He also admitted they had had some rest in between shows – but apart from that had been awake for more than 30 hours.

He explained: “We did have some naps – there was a lot of waiting around and that was hard but it was too short for a real sleep, only about half an hour, and we were in this small bus and you can’t just fall asleep.”

The group kept themselves entertained in between gigs by singing The Spice Girls songs.

Zachariasson laughed: “We sang all of them – we did a medley!”

Boys In A Band are planning on releasing their debut album ‘Black Diamond Train’ in the UK around October and will be doing a mini tour before then too.

Video footage of the group’s gigs will be available online soon.

Check Myspace.com/boysinaband for more information.