The second part of the Stopover concert series will take place on September 4 when Canadian band Dirty Beaches and Icelandic band Singapore Sling will play in the Kaldalón music hall of the Harpa concert center in Reykjavík.
Harpa. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.
The Stopover Series, which aims to offer concerts with foreign fringe musicians four to five times a year, is a collaboration between Harpa, Kimi Records, Kex Hostel, Icelandair, Gogoyoko and Reyka Vodka. Tickets are sold on harpa.is and midi.is.
Folk-rock-pop band Melchior will promote its new album Matur fyrir tvo (“Food for two”) in two concerts at Café Rósenberg in Reykjavík on August 23 and in the living room of the Halldór Laxness museum Gljúfrasteinn outside Mosfellsbær on August 26.
In other album news, Kimi Records reported the release of Cheek Mountain Thief by the eponymous band on August 17. The band’s frontman is British musician Mike Lindsay but other members are Icelandic.
Among guest performers on the album are Mugison, Sindri Már Sigfússon (aka Sin Fang), Sigurlaug Gísladóttir (aka Mr. Silla) and Bartónar, the male choir of Reykjavík club Kaffibarinn.
The album was released simultaneously in Europe through British label Full Time Hobby. Three concerts will be held to mark the occasion, in Reykjavík, Húsavík and England. Concert dates will be announced later.
On August 16, the quintet The Heavy Experience released their debut, Slowscope, on 12-inch vinyl.
The band comprises of guitarist Albert Finnbogason, bassist Þórður Hermannsson, guitarist and art student Brynjar Helgason, saxophonist Tumi Árnason and drummer Oddur Júlíusson.
Also, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Akureyri, North Iceland, local musicians led by Bjarni Hafþór Helgason have released the album Ég sé Akureyri (“I see Akureyri”).
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