Nasa, the biggest and most popular concert club in Reykjavík, will close its doors on June 1st. This will be catastrophic for popular music festival Iceland Airwaves, the festival’s director Grímur Atlason told Visir.is.
Nasa. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
“Nasa hosts approximately 20 percent of the festival guests, and there is no other place in Reykjavík that can replace it. What kind of town do we want Reykjavík to be? The government and the city of Reykjavík support the National Theatre, the Reykjavík City Theatre and Harpa to name a few, but not venues made for rock and popular music. Rock and pop music, brings billions of currency into the economy, and is a good way to promote Iceland abroad.”
Nasa’s owner told the media over the weekend that the place is run in red, paying the current rent is impossible.
The company that owns, and rents out the building has launched an architectural competition to design a new hotel at Austurvöllur Square, where Nasa is now located.