Iceland Airwaves Announces First Acts of 2024

Iceland Airwaves 2022

Iceland’s largest music festival, Iceland Airwaves, announced the first acts of its 2024 lineup today. They include local acts such as Klemens Hannigan (of Hatari fame), Inspector Spacetime, and Úlfur Úlfur, as well as acts from eight other countries. The festival will take place in Reykjavík from November 7-9, 2024.

This year will mark Iceland Airwaves’ 25th anniversary. The first-ever Airwaves festival was held in an aeroplane hangar at Reykjavík Airport and was initially meant to be a one-off event. While it is 25 years since the festival was first held, it is not the 25th edition of the festival: Airwaves was called off in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first lineup announcement includes 9 Icelandic acts and, as usual, focuses mostly on up-and-coming local artists such as lúpína and K.óla. Foreign artists include Shygirl (UK), UCHE YARA (AU) and Saya Gray (CA).

The announced artists can be heard on the Iceland Airwaves 2024 Spotify playlist below.

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.


Iceland Airwaves 2022

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Iceland Airwaves Festival to Return Following Three-Year Pause

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Iceland Airwaves music festival has announced the first 14 artists that will play the event this coming November. The festival is finally scheduled to return following a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Airwaves’ programming has been shortened to three days and fewer passes will be offered than in previous years.

The 14 acts announced by the festival are a mix of Icelandic and international artists, In alphabetical order: Amyl & the Sniffers, Arlo Parks, Árný Margrét, Axel Flóvent, Crack Cloud, Daughters of Reykjavík, Eydís Evensen, FLOTT, gugusar, HAM, LÓN, Metronomy, superserious, and ZÖE. Both up and coming Icelandic artists (Árný Margrét, gugusar) and establish favourites (HAM) are represented in the group. The artists can all be heard on a curated Spotify playlist.

The festival is scheduled to take place November 3-5, 2022 (Thursday to Saturday). While programming has been shortened by one day, its organisers hope that “friends and partners will take the opportunity to put on their own shows and events on Wednesday to get things going and warm up for a three-day party like no other.”

Iceland Airwaves Postponed Until 2022

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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.

Read More: What’s the Status Of COVID-19 In Iceland?

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.

Streaming Festival “Live From Reykjavík” Starts Tonight

Hatari at Iceland Airwaves 2019

This year’s Iceland Airwaves festival may be postponed until 2021, but you’ll still get a chance to hear your favourite Icelandic musicians perform this November. The two-day streaming festival Live from Reykjavík starts tonight, featuring performers such as Ásgeir, Hatari, Emilíana Torrini, Of Monsters and Men and Mammút.

According to Iceland Airwaves CEO Ísleifur Þórhallsson, festival staff worked hard to create a concert experience for people watching from home. “we wanted to make an effort,” Ísleifur told RÚV. “We’ve seen plenty of the world’s biggest artists in their underwear in the kitchen strumming a guitar, but this is a concert.”

The lineup consists of 16 performers: Ásgeir, Auður, Bríet, Cell7, Daði Freyr, Emilíana Torrini & Friends, GDRN, Hatari, Hjaltalín, Júníus Meyvant, Kælan Mikla, Mammút, Mugison, Of Monsters and Men, Ólafur Arnalds and Vök. The performances are recorded in venues that have been part of the Airwaves festival for years, such as the Reykjavík Art Museum, Iðnó and Gamlabíó.

While the performing artists agree that there’s nothing like a live performance with an audience, they hope that the concert will bring a little bit of that Iceland Airwaves atmosphere to viewers around the world. Einar Stefánsson, member of Vök and Hatari told RÚV he suggested people treat the live event like they would a real concert and give it their unlimited attention. “focus as you would at a concert, don’t be on your phone or Facebook at the same time. At a concert, you’re sharing a moment with the artists and others in the room, so that could be one way to get that atmosphere, turn off your phone and turn up the volume.”

The concert will be broadcast on RÚV and Rás 2 radio station. For viewers outside Iceland, tickets are available online.

Iceland Airwaves Postponed Until 2021

This year’s Iceland Airwaves music festival will be postponed until 2021. Per an announcement on the Airwaves website, organizers “reviewed many scenarios: with social distancing; with lower attendance; with less venues” and came to the conclusion that “there was no feasible solution to deliver the festival safely.” Ticket holders for this year’s festival fear not, however: 2020 tickets will be valid for Airwaves next year.

The 2020 Airwaves lineup will stay in place for next year’s festival and includes an additional 25 new acts that were announced on Wednesday. International acts Crack Cloud (Canada), Porridge Radio (England), Balming Tiger (South Korea), and Faux Real (France/US) will play Airwaves next year, along with Icelandic favourites Bríet, HipSumHaps, GDRN, and “beloved troubadour” Mugison.

Those who will not be able to attend next year’s festival will receive a reimbursement for their ticket.

More information on the Iceland Airwaves website (in English), here.

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Iceland Airwaves 2019

Let’s talk about Iceland Airwaves 2019. The music festival has been an unmissable landmark in the country’s social season, the epitome of coolness and a cultural touchstone for the past 20 years. It’s brought bands such as Florence and the Machine, Coldplay, Kraftwerk, the Flaming Lips, and Fleet Foxes to the country, making international musicians accessible to this tiny island nation.

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Six City Festivals to Receive Grants

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The Reykjavík Counsel for Culture, Sports, and Recreation has submitted a proposal to City Council advising that Myrkir músíkdagar (Dark Music Days) and the Reykjavík Dance Festival be added to the list of so-called City Festivals in 2020-2022, Vísir reports. The proposal is predicated on a recommendation by a special team of experts.

For the past three years, four festivals have been designated as City Festivals: Hinsegin dagar (Reykjavík Pride), Hönnunarmars (Design March), Iceland Airwaves, and Riff (The Reykjavík International Film Festival). The proposal recommends that Reykjavík City continue this collaboration under the same heading.

The festivals are expected to receive grants amounting to a total of ISK 50 million a year. The four festivals that have previously been held under Reykjavík City’s banner will receive ISK 10 million each, while the two new inductees will receive ISK 5 million each. A total of 10 festivals applied to collaborate with Reykjavík City. The four festivals that were not chosen were Jazzhátíð Reykjavíkur (Reykjavík Jazz Festival), List án landamæra (Art Without Borders), Lókal Leiklistarhátíð (Lókal Theatre Festival), and the Stockfish Film Festival.

Airwaves Artists: Jóipé x Króli

Iceland Airwaves 2018

Iceland Airwaves music festival celebrated its 20th anniversary this November. To mark the event, Iceland Review interviewed a few of this year’s performers. Hip-hop duo JóiPé and Króli burst onto the Icelandic hip-hop scene with their album GerviGlingur (Fake Jewellery) in 2017. Their hit B.O.B.A. has since amassed more than four million plays on streaming platforms and their infectiously […]

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