Bombay Bicycle Club, 30 Other Acts, Added to Airwaves Lineup

Over fifty artists have been announced for this year’s Iceland Airwaves music festival. Among the bands that will be performing in Reykjavík in November is the English indie rock band Bombay Bicycle Club.

Over two decades of fresh music

Yesterday, the organisers of the Iceland Airwaves music festival announced 30 additional acts to this year’s lineup. For over two decades, the Iceland Airwaves music festival has endeavoured to shine a spotlight on up-and-coming musicians, local and foreign alike. The festival has seen early appearances from the likes of Mac DeMarco, James Blake, Sufjan Stevens, Sigrid, Florence and The Machine, and Hot Chip – alongside most of Iceland’s most recognisable musical talent.

This year’s festival will take place in various venues around Reykjavík between November 2 and 4. Yesterday, Airwaves announced that the English indie band Bombay Bicycle Club, which first performed at the Airwaves festival in 2010, would be performing again at this year’s festival. Alongside Bombay Bicycle Club, the following acts are set to perform at the 2023 Iceland Airwaves festival, As noted on the festival’s website:

Andy Shauf, Anna Gréta, Árný Margrét, Ás­dís, Ash Ol­sen, Balming Tiger, Blonds­hell, Bombay Bi­cyc­le Club, Cassia, Celebs, Clubdub, Cyber, Dani­il, DOMi and JD Beck, Donk­ey Kid, Ey­dís E­ven­sen, Faux Real, FETISH, Fran Vasilic, Gallus, Ghostly Kis­ses, Greyskies, GRÓA, Jelena Ciric, JJ Pau­lo, Jon­a­t­han Hul­tén, Kári Egils­son, Kóngu­ló, Kristin Sesselja, Knee­cap, Kusk & Ó­viti, Kvikindi, Lime Gard­en, Lón, Love’n’joy, Madma­dmad, Markéta Irg­lová, Monikaze, Mugi­son, Myrkvi, Nanna, Neonme, Sandra­yati, Sig­rún Stella, SKAAR, Soffía, Sprints, Squ­id, Superjava, Super­serious, The Goa Express, The Haun­ted Youth, Til­bury, Trentemøller, Whispering Sons, Yard Act.

All Quiet on the Katla Glacier Following Yesterday’s Quakes

Katla volcano

No significant earthquakes were registered in the vicinity of the Katla caldera last night. A natural hazards expert at the Icelandic MET Office has told RÚV that it is “impossible to say” whether yesterday’s three earthquakes were an isolated event or the beginning of something bigger.

Road to the Katla Glacier closed

The Katla caldera in South Iceland has calmed down significantly since the earthquake swarm yesterday morning. Seismic activity began to diminish significantly yesterday afternoon, with only a single small tremor having been recorded since midnight, RÚV reports.

Kristín Elísa Guðmundsdóttir, a Natural Hazards expert at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, told RÚV that it was “impossible to say” yet whether yesterday’s earthquakes were an isolated event or the start of something bigger: both possibilities must be kept open.

The National Commissioner’s office declared an uncertainty phase after the earthquake swarm yesterday; three earthquakes over M4 were recorded yesterday morning. The road to the Katla glacier has been closed and travellers are advised to keep their distance from the glacier’s roots.

As noted by RÚV, the earthquakes were likely caused by hydro or geothermal energy as opposed to the movement of magma. The quakes originated in the watershed area of the Múlakvíslar river. According to Kristín, however, there is currently no indication of an imminent run. “We are not seeing much change in Múlakvísl. The electrical conductivity is not high,” Kristín observed.

Activity in Mýrdalsjökull may be accompanied by gas pollution, RÚV notes.

“So there is absolutely every reason for people to exercise caution if they are near the glacier. There is an uncertainty phase in force at the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, and people are advised not to hike on the Katla Glacier. It is both because of the gas, which can be very dangerous, but also because we cannot be sure that something else will happen.”

The Icelandic MET Office is on duty 24 hours a day and monitors the situation closely, Kristín added.

Suspect Detained in Connection With Selfoss Death Released

Selfoss - Suðurland - Ölfusá

The police in South Iceland have released one of the two men arrested in connection with the death of a young woman in Selfoss last week. The authorities are seeking extended custody over the other suspect.

Death at a private residence in Selfoss

Last Friday, two men in their twenties were arrested following the death of a woman at a private residence in Selfoss, South Iceland. Frímann Baldursson, Chief Inspector with the Selfoss Police, told Vísir at the time that the circumstances of the woman’s death remained “unclear” and that a preliminary investigation was underway.

Yesterday, the South Iceland Police announced that one of the men had been released from custody. The announcement also noted that the investigation into the woman’s death was still ongoing. The woman was named Sofia Sarmite Kolesnikova and she was 28 years old, Vísir reports.

“Recently, the police chief made a decision to release the second man from custody. A demand has been submitted to the district court for the other man to remain in custody, based on the interests of the investigation,” the announcement from the police reads.

Vísir also spoke to attorney Torfi Ragnar Sigurðsson, who is representing the young man who has been recently released from custody: “My client has been released from custody. The fact that he was released indicates that the police believe that he was not involved in the [woman’s death.]”

Deep North Episode 24: Velvet Terrorism

pussy riot in iceland

Visiting the exhibition Velvet Terrorism: Pussy Riot’s Russia, you enter a dark room. You are pleasantly greeted by a man sitting at a fold-up table spread with pamphlets and copies of Maria Alyokhina’s 2017 prison memoir, Riot Days. To your right: a video of a woman in a baggy, black dress fills one wall, blonde hair curling messily out from beneath a red balaclava. Standing above a portrait of President Vladimir Putin, she carefully lifts her dress and pisses all over him.

This is the first-ever museum exhibition of Pussy Riot’s work, and it’s being held at Reykjavík’s Marshall House. Maria Alyokhina has been through much to be here. When, on February 24, 2022 President Vladimir Putin announced the beginning of a “special military operation” in Ukraine, Maria, a founding member of Pussy Riot, watched the announcement from a detention centre on the outskirts of Moscow. Less than a year later, she and fellow members of the feminist punk band and activist group have created a visual omnibus of their political actions, a comprehensive critique of Putin’s Russia, in Reykjavík.

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Björk Announces Cancellation of Reykjavík Concert Series

Singer Björk

Björk’s advertised concert series in Reykjavík in June has been cancelled due to production problems. All concertgoers will have their tickets refunded.

Irresolvable production issues

In February of this year, Icelandic singer Björk announced plans to hold a series of concerts at the Laugardalshöll Stadium on June 7, 10, and 13.

As noted in an article on Vísir, the concerts were to last two hours and feature music from her albums Utopia and Fossora. “This is the biggest show that Björk has ever done and will boast one of the more numerous assembly of digital screens on a single stage.”

Yesterday, however, Björk announced that she was calling the concert off. “There have been problems with the production of the concert that we do not expect to be able to solve in time. We realise that this will disappoint ticket holders and apologise for the inconvenience this may cause,” a press release from Björk states.

“We are determined to do everything we can to prevent this from happening again and will review our processes with this in mind. We still hope to find a way to make the concert a reality next year. However, as it may take weeks or months to resolve all technical and logistical issues, we are forced at this point to cancel and refund.”