Iceland Airwaves: A hip music festival

The  music festival, Iceland Airwaves is starting October 30th. in Reykjavík with numerous local bands and solo artist performing in addition to some visitors stepping on the scene as well.  It will  last for five musically packed days with the final performance on Sunday, November 3.

First held in 1999 the festival has gained increased attention internationally with the Rolling Stones magazine calling it: “The hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar.”  It has been a platform for new Icelandic bands with many of the country´s most successful talents performing there such as Björk, Sigur Rós, GusGus and Of Monsters and Men to mention a few.  It´s not all about Icelandic music even though the majority of the performers are – it´s about showcasing interesting new talents where ever they come from.

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Kraftwerk

Among the visiting bands performing this year is Kraftwerk, the German electronic music band considered to be pioneers in this genre as well as having had great influence on other electronic acts following in their footsteps.  Then there´s the Swedish band Goat who´s members perform in gipsy garb and masks.  Their music is a mixture of  tribal chants with fuzzed out guitars and the rhythms of afro-beat.  Jon Hopkins is a British producer and electronic musician and coming from Britain as well is the electronic music duo AlunaGeorge.

AlunaGeorge

AlunaGeorge

The festival is still dominated by Icelandic performers and to mention a few worth seeing are artist such as Ólafur Arnalds who is considered one of the world´s most bright and able young composer.  He works in neo-classical style with influences ranging from electronica to minimalism.  Apparat Organ Quartet, a band of four organ players plus a drummers mix Kraftwerk with classic rock and sometimes metal.  Múm, a electronic band is one of Reykjavík´s best live bands and then there´s Grísalappalísa, a band mixing together post punk, kraut-rock and funk. Ásgeir is one of Iceland´s favorite young musicians with his recently released album Dýrð í dauðaþögn, recognized with four Iceland Music Awards as well as being nominated for the Nordic Music Prize.

Ásgeir

Ásgeir

Grisalappalisa

Grísalappalísa

Múm

Múm

Ólafur Arnalds

Ólafur Arnalds

You can check out the program and information about all the performers here.

All photos are from www.icelandairwaves.is.