The Iceland Airwaves music festival has been postponed until 2022 due to ongoing social restrictions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival will take place November 2-5 2022.
Since the Delta variant reaches Iceland, social restrictions limiting gatherings of more than a couple of hundred people have been in place. According to a press release from Sena Live, which operates the festival, these restrictions make festivals such as Iceland Airwaves
“Everything concerning rapid tests and festival guest’s access to them is still unclear. Other events (standing room and without rapid tests) continue to be limited to 200 people or fewer in each compartment.
The most recent relaxations of the social restrictions due to the pandemic allow for 500 people to gather but they must remain in numbered seats, can’t face each other and have to wear masks until they sit down. Additionally, they must be able to present the results of a rapid test taken no less than 48 hours before the start of the event.
“raising the gathering limits to 500 people in numbered seats on the condition of rapid tests is a step in the right directions,” the notice reads, “but these limitations are still too restrictive to larger, standing events, and make it impossible to host events such as the Iceland Airwaves.”
The notice states that ticketholders who want to attend Iceland Airwaves next year won’t need to take any action, their tickets will still be valid. Those who wish to be refunded can contact TIX by Friday, September 17.
“We encourage ticket holders to keep their tickets. This postponement doesn’t only affect Iceland Airwaves but all of Iceland’s music industry. By keeping your ticket, you support Icelandic music, which is hurting these days, the notice reads.
Sena CEO Ísleifur Þórhallsson told Vísir he considered this a tragedy for Iceland’s music industry and placed the blame squarely on authorities lack of will to
The last Iceland Airwaves festival took place in 2019 as the 2020 festival was also postponed. The 2020 festival was replaced with Live From Reykjavík – a two-night online music festival celebrating Icelandic artists.