ICELANDIC AIRWAVES – Reykjavík 6th-9th November 2019

Posted: October 24, 2019 in FESTIVALS, MUSIC
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Iceland Airwaves will be held for the 21st time November 6th. – 9th. 2019. Iceland Airwaves is the world’s most northerly music showcase and industry festival, situated halfway between North America and Europe.

Every year Reykjavík comes alive with music and for four nights in November; music fills every corner of the city and large internationally renowned acts share a stage with up and coming talent from all over the world.

Reykjavík’s annual Iceland Airwaves is one of the world’s best music showcasing festivals, and one of our favorite music festivals, period. Their expertly-curated lineups feature ample Icelandic talent, rising international newcomers and big-name artists, and this year’s lineup is another impressive offering. The 2019 edition will feature 130 bands from 20 countries, and it’s the second consecutive year they’ve achieved a 50/50 artist gender balance. Notable artists playing this year include Of Monsters And Men, John Grant, Whitney and Mac DeMarco. The shows are spread out across the city’s music venues and are in easy walking distance, and you might even want to supplement your experience with some of Iceland’s famously relaxing outdoor excursions.

Our 2016 Iceland Airwaves travel guide recommended The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, Mountain Guides’ Walk on the Ice Side glacier tour and The Northern Lights Mystery Tour. Icelandair offers travel packages to Iceland Airwaves from all over North America and Europe, so if you’re a music fan looking for an unconventional, progressive festival experience in a uniquely beautiful location,

Æ Mak – Agent Fresco – Akkan – Alexandra Stréliski – Alyona Alyona – Amanda Tenfjord – Anna of the North – Aron Can – Ásta -Auðn – Auður – Axel Flovent – aYia – Bagdad Brothers – Berndsen – Bessie Turner – Between Mountains – Biggi Veira (GusGus DJ Set) – Blanco White – Blóðmör – Boy Azooga – Bríet – Cautious Clay – Ceasetone – Detalji – Elín Sif – Free Love – Gabríel Ólafs -GDRN – Georgia – girl in red – Glass Museum – Grísalappalísa – Hatari – Helge – Hildur – Hrím – Hugar – IamHelgi – Ivan Dorn -JFDR – John Grant – Just Mustard – Kælan Mikla – Konfekt – Krassasig – Lydmor – Mac DeMarco – Mammút – Matthildur -Morpholith – Moses Hightower – Murkage Dave – Niklas Paschburg – Of Monsters And Men – Ólöf Arnalds – Orville Peck – PAVVLA – Penelope Isles – Pillow Queens – Pink Milk – Pip Blom – Pottery – Rokky – Seabear – Shame – Siv Jakobsen – Snapped Ankles -SONS – Svavar Knútur – Sykur – The Garrys – The Holy – The Howl & The Hum – Tiny Ruins – Une Misère – Vök – W. H. Lung -Warmduscher – Warmland – Whitney

Check out some of the following bands perfoming this year:

Girl In Red

Who: Buzzy bedroom pop singer/songwriter
What: Wistful, lo-fi songs of young love and angst
Where: Oslo, Norway
Key tracks: “summer depression,” “we fell in love in october”

W.H. Lung

Who: Three-piece guitar band, debut album Incidental Music out now
What: Krautrock-laced synth-pop and indie rock, approachable yet complex
Where: Manchester, U.K.
Key tracks: “Inspiration!,” “Simpatico People”

Free Love

Who: Dance-pop duo formerly known as Happy Meals
What: Moody synth-pop with ’80s and ’90s pastiches
Where: Glasgow, Scotland
Key tracks: “Pushing Too Hard,” “Playing as Punks”

The Holy

Who: Five-piece band with a 2018 debut LP Daughter
What: Melodic heartland rock meets driving post-punk
Where: Helsinki, Finland
Key tracks: “Ramses the Evil Brother,” “Land Before Time”

Just Mustard

Who: Rising, acclaimed five-piece guitar band
What: Flowy, eerie shoegaze and harsh noise-pop guitars
Where: Dundalk, Ireland
Key tracks: “Seven,” “Frank”

Kælan Mikla

Who: The Cure-approved trio, avant-garde poets and performance artists
What: Gothic dream-pop and ethereal darkwave
Where: Reykjavik, Iceland
Key tracks: “Næturblóm,” “Nornalagið”


Who: Five-piece band signed to Partisan Records, SXSW standouts
What: Wonky art rock meets bluesy post-punk
Where: Montreal, Canada
Key tracks: “The Craft,” “Hank Williams


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