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Musical Experiments celebrate 25th anniversary

A competition for young, up and coming Icelandic bands, Músíktilraunir (“Musical Experiments”) celebrated its 25th anniversary last week, which has proven an important platform for young artists.

Músíktilraunir was first held as a musical marathon in club Tónabaer in Reykjavík in 1982, RÚV reports.

Since then many Icelandic bands became popular after entering the competition; girl band Dúkkulísurnar (“The Paper Dolls”) in 1983 and Greifarnir (“The Counts”) in 1986, who have since performed at countless outdoor festivals and local clubs in Iceland.

Rock band Maus won Músíktilraunir in 1994, and has since supported bands like Kent, the Bloodhound Gang and Coldplay. Rock band Botnledja (“Silt”) won the competition in 1995, and has since supported Blur.

Ólafur Páll Gunnarsson, who hosts a music program on radio channel Rás 2 and has been a presenter at Músíktilraunir for 11 years, said:

“Many take their first steps here, not just the bands that win […] but also people who have participated without winning. […] Everyone [in the Icelandic music scene] has participated in Músíktilraunir at some point.”

The winner of this year’s Músíktilraunir will be announced tonight.

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