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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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The Reykjavík festival expands to a second site in Akureyri for the first time, taking place 1st – 5th of November 2017.

Iceland Airwaves have announced Mumford & Sons as their Sunday night headliners. These internationally renowned Gentlemen of the Road will bring Reykjavík’s original and best festival in November to a rousing close on the 5th November, following in the footsteps of former Airwaves Sunday night headliners PJ Harvey, Björk, Kraftwerk, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs and The Flaming Lips.

500 tickets for Mumford & Sons show will go on sale in advance at Tuesday 25th of July at 11 am BST, with the remainder being available to Iceland Airwaves ticket holders to queue and pick-up from the festival Media Center from 5pm on the 4th of November. Please note that the Media Center has moved for IA 2017 to Bíó Paradís.

Mumford & Sons are the latest international big name added to an already phenomenal line-up with previous additions Sigrid, Michael Kiwanuka and Songhoy Blues joining the likes of Fleet Foxes, Àsgeir, Billy Bragg, Emiliana Torrini and the coorist, Arab Strap, JFDR, Kelly Lee Owens, Aldous Harding and Mammút. The feted Reykjavik festival, now in it’s 19th year, expands to a second site in Akureyri, North Iceland for the first time ever.

Renowned for showcasing the best of Icelandic talent alongside the biggest and most interesting new international names in music, punters are free to discover local talent such as the teen duo Between Mountains (winners of this years Battle of the bands), up-and-coming popstar Auður, rock from For A Minor Reflection as well as Björk’s old band Tappi Tíkarras. And not forgetting anarcho punks HAM fronted by the current Icelandic Minister of Health, Óttarr Proppé.

Iceland Airwaves welcomes the following to Reykjavík and Akureyri from the 1st – 5th of November 2017:

Alexander Jarl / Aldous Harding (NZ) / Alvia Islandia / Ama Lou (UK) / Án / Andartak / ANWIYCTi (HK) / Arab Strap (SCO) / Ásgeir / Auður / aYia / Be Charlotte (SCO) / Benjamin Clementine (UK) / Between Mountains / Billy Bragg (UK) / Bistro Boy / Bonzai (UK) / Childhood (UK) / Cold / Cyber / Deep Throat Choir (UK) / Daniel OG (UK) / Exos / Emiliana Torrini & The Colorist (IS/BE) / Emmsje Gauti / Frank Murder / Fleet Foxes (US) / For a Minor Reflection / Futuregrapher / GDJYB (HK) / GKR / ГШ – Glintshake (RU) / Glowie / Gordi (AU) / Gróa / Guðrún Ýr / Gunnar Jónsson Collider / Gurr (DE) / Halldór Eldjárn / HAM / Hatari / Hildur / Hórmónar / Hugar / JFDR / Jo Goes Hunting (NL) / Káryyn (US/SY) / KÁ-AKÁ / Kelly Lee Owens (UK) / Kontinuum / Korter í Flog / Kælan Mikla / Lido Pimienta (CF) / Lonely Parade (CA) / Ljósvaki / Mahalia  (UK) / Mammút / Michael Kiwanuka (UK) / Mikko Joensuu (FI) / Milkywhale / Mumford & Sons (UK) / Mura Masa (UK) / Octal Industries / Oðinn / Ohm  / Omotrack / Ozy -DJ set / Phlegm / Pink Street Boys / Púlsvídd / Röskva / RuGl / Shame (UK) / Sigrid (NO) / SiGRÚN / Soffía Björg / Songhoy Blues (ML) / Stefflon Don (UK) / Sturla Atlas / Subminimal / Sycamore Tree / Tappi Tíkarrass / Thor / Tófa / Torres (US) / Une Misère / Vagabon (US) / Vector / Yagya / Nilüfer Yanya (UK) / Xylouris White (GR/AU)

With the early bird now sold out, tickets are available priced £173 / 21.900 ISK with a range of international packages available from here. Please note, full links for each territory is at the bottom of the pr.


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This compellingly tender track features two sets of vocals, both twisted in a kind of union. This duet melts the talents of Ryan Karazija and prolific musician Jófríður Ákadóttir, with scrapes of electronica and warm, soothing pop – everything sounds as if underwater, trapped in a personal bubble, whispered vocals and stabbing, heartbeat percussion.

“It’s funny the first line of ‘Bones’ is ‘first of March’ given the timing of writing this,” says Karazija. “This is a duet I wrote based upon the final text messages between me and my ex girlfriend. The opening line was the last day I ever saw her. This was also the day I realised what this album was going to be. So this date now, one year ago today, symbolises both the ending and beginning of something.


Ryan Karazija,  an integral part of Samaris, Pascal Pinon, and GANGLY. had a busy 2016 after legendary Japanese video game creator Hideo Kojima used Low Roar’s music on trailers for upcoming game. Karazija spent much of 2016 travelling before settling in Poland and sculpting his third album. The final product was recorded in London with Mike Lindsay (Tunng) and in Wales with Andrew Scheps (Adele, Hozier).

Low Roar has also confirmed a healthy heap of UK and Europe shows.


“Each day brings a storm that I am simply not prepared to face/ And I sleep and I dream between my grave and your sweet face,” Ryan Karazija sings clearly on the chilling introduction of Low Roar’s new single “Waiting (10 Years).” Refracted, glittering synths back his calm, high-pitched vocals. Then there’s a pause. Everything is still.

“Waiting (10 Years)” has an enimagtic build as more and more instruments join Karazija’s gentle coos — a rustling tambourine, stoic horns, and a bassline that mimics the elasticity of a rubberband. It’s quite lovely and somewhat melancholy. The single comes off of Karazija’s third album Once In A Long, Long While…,


Icelandic Airwaves Festival is famous not just for its big-name headliners,

Kiasmos lead the final wave of Iceland Airwaves line up additions.

They join the likes of Mercury Rev, Arca, Hot Chip, John Grant, Perfume Genius, Ariel Pink, Beach House, Battles, Hinds and hundreds more.

Iceland Airwaves 2015 takes place 4th-8th November in a varity of venues across Reykjavik.

Iceland Airwaves Music Festival bill, this November are Tuff Love They’ll be joining an amazing line-up including fellow Lost Mapper Rozi Plain, as well as Hot Chip, Ariel Pink, East India Youth, Father John Misty, Hinds, LoneLady, Mercury Rev, Meilyr Jones, and SOAK among many others.but also a chance to see the weird, wonderful and wild Icelandic bands who form a large part of the festival’s bill. Many of these local heroes don’t play regularly on overseas stages, so it’s a big part of the festival experience to see them play for their home crowd, in the many interesting venues dotted around Reykjavík’s city centre.

With a relatively sparse thoroughfare of overseas bands, Reykjavík’s many homegrown talents keep the gig circuit ticking throughout the year, giving them plenty of time to hone their craft – one reason, perhaps, for the oft-heard remark that the level of musical ability seems preturnaturally high on this little island.

Here are a few recommendations for anyone feeling dizzy from the sheer volume of Icelandic acts to check out – from cosmic art-pop to oddball disco to dreamy soundscapes to chaotic rock ‘n’ roll to a full symphony orchestra – there’s a rich musical menu on offer at Airwaves ‘. Most will play several shows – one official festival show, and at various “off-venue” daytime gigs – so there’ll be multiple chances to check them out.


Something of a young-team supergroup, the five faces of Oyama might be familiar to those keeping an eye on the Icelandic indie scene in recent years – they boast members of Útidur, Sudden Weather Change, Swords of Chaos and Grísalappalísa, amongst others. But their sound is something quite different from all of the above – a mixture of distorted noise-rock and dreamy, expansive shoegaze-inflected soundscapes, with lyrics that offer a melancholy look at life in the world’s Northernmost capital.


Since signing to One Little Indian, the secret of Samaris is out – they’ve been out touring for much of 2014 in support their debut album Silkidrangar – but they’re still a must-see at Airwaves ´14. Their mixture of ’90s-inflected beats, electronic drones and atmospheric clarinet lines is pushed to the next level by the one-off voice of singer Jófríður Ákadóttir, whose breathy vocals seem at once young and wise, humane and otherworldly.

Sunday 8th November will see the culmination of the five day festival wrap up with a huge extravaganza at Vodafone Hall, featuring the crème de la crème party starters of the Icelandic music scene including FM Belfast and Úlfur Úlfur along side UK star bands Hot Chip and Sleaford Mods!.