Iceland Airwaves: the biggest event in Reykjavík (31st October-4th November)

The hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar.

Since the first edition was held in 1999 (in an airplane hangar), Iceland Airwaves has become one of the premier annual showcases for new music – Icelandic and otherwise – in the world. It’s made a heap of friends and won many fans along the way, and been lavished with praise pretty much everywhere they write about music. Example: Rolling Stone magazine called it “The hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar.”

Some of the world’s most exciting artists have performed there. The Shins, The Rapture, TV On The Radio, Florence  and the Machine, Klaxons, Hot Chip, Flaming Lips, Wolf Parade, Bloc Party and Fatboy Slim have made the short hop from Europe or North America to share the stages with Iceland’s finest talents, including bands such as Björk, Sigur Rós, FM Belfast, GusGus, múm, Of Monsters and Men and Seabear, to name but a few. And when the live bands have done their thing, top DJs from all over the world spin across the city until the crack of dawn.

This year the line up is:

Agent Fresco
Biggi Hilmars
Brain Police
Daughter (UK)
Dirty Projectors (US)
Django Django (UK)
Doldrums (CA)
Elektro Guzzi (AT)
Endless Dark
Ewert and The Two Dragons (EE)
exitmusic (US)
FM Belfast
Friends (US)
Funk That Shit!
Gabríel (w. special guests)
Gone Postal
Half Moon Run (CA)
Hudson Wayne
Jamie N Commons
Just Another Snake Cult
Kiriyama Family
Leaves Leaves
Me And My Drummer (DE)
Moonface with Siinai (CA/FI)
Morning After Youth
Nelson Can (DK)
Of Monsters and Men
Ólafur Arnalds
Patrick Wolf (UK)
Phantogram (US)
Philco Fiction (NO)
Purity Ring (CA)
Rangleklods (DK)
Retro Stefson
Sigur Rós
Siinai (FI)
Sisy Ey
Swans (US)
The Heavy Experience
The Vaccines (UK)
The Vintage Caravan
Úlfur Úlfur

The festival organiser recently added also other 65 bands like:

GusGus, Kindness (UK), Hjálmar & Jimi Tenor (FI), I Break Horses (SE), Sin Fang, Nico Muhly (US), Ólöf Arnalds, Vacationer (US), Valgeir Sigurðsson, Jesuslesfilles (CA), Lay Low, Daníel Bjarnason, Ben Frost (AU/IS), For A Minor Reflection, Pascal Pinon, Sam Amidon (US), Bloodgroup,  Kool Thing (DE), Árstíðir, Blouse (US), Ghostigital, Borko, Passwords (CA), Skúli Sverrisson, Kira Kira, Pétur Ben, Legend, The Echo Vamper (DK), Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band, Dr. Spock, Úlfur, Sometime, Beatmakin Troopa, Jafet Melge, Futuregrapher, Tonik, Stereo Hypnosis, Dj Andre, Prince Valíum, HIGHASAKITE (NO), Beneath, Celestine, Plastic Gods, Shiko Shiko (FR), Cercueil (FR), Captain Fufanu, Puzzle Muteson (UK), Croisztans, Angist, Low Roar (US/IS), Momentum, Langi Seli og skuggarnir, Paul Corley (US), Benjamin (FO), Fenster (DE), Eclectic Moniker (DK), Technical Kidman (CA), Heavy Medical (US), Contalgen Funeral, Hinir Guðdómlegu Neanderdalsmenn, Thizone, Bendagram (FI), Dimma, Wistaria and Heflarnir!

Iceland Airwaves sold out earlier this week, a record 11 weeks in advance. International guest still have a chance to experience the legendary festival as package deals with Icelandair are still available for both Iceland Airwaves and Sigur Rós.


Monday Oct 29 – Tuesday Oct 30 12:00-18:00

Wednesday Oct 31 – Friday Nov 2 10:00-22:00

Saturday Nov 3 12:00-18:00

More info:

Iceland Airwaves (official website)

Festival Management
Grímur Atlason

Róbert Aron Magnússon

PR // Press
Kamilla Ingibergsdóttir

Production // Local Bookings
Egill Tómasson

Mailing address
PO. BOX 655
121 Reykjavik

Office address:
Austurstræti 17
4th floor
101 Reykjavík
tel: +354 527 9999


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