The festival takes place over a hectic five day period in October. Musicians from all over the world perform at the event, although emphasis is on Scottish dance music. Local musicians feature prominently in the event line-up. Tunes are swapped and musicians make new friends in the sessions. Community involvement is a huge part of this festival with events across most areas of Shetland. The festival ends in one of the biggest traditional dances to take place anywhere in the UK. Around a dozen different dance bands take it in turns to perform to 1,500 enthusiasts in the local sports centre in what amounts to a highly enjoyable 'traditional rave'.