Icelanders do this thing on Sundays. They disappear.
Forget the overseas talents of Beach House and Hot Chip (both surely in violation of the ‘you can only play Airwaves once’ policy), the histrionics of Father John Misty, or the London grime of Skepta, Airwaves has the very best home-grown band on show. Here is a list of 15 not-to-be-missed...
Reykjavík saw a record-breaking RIFF rush by as the 2015 festival became the largest and highest attended to date.
Reykjavík’s favorite film festival returns today, welcoming new and exciting directors and old masters alike to light up the city’s screens.
With a distinctively alternative flavor, Day Two of All Tomorrow’s Parties 2015 was even more action-packed than Day One.
From technopunk miscreants to art-folk aficionados, All Tomorrow’s Parties delighted festival goers from all walks of life with a veritable hlaðborð (‘buffet’) of delights. Here are some of my personal highlights.
A weekend of spontaneous dancing, musical creation, delicious food sharing, plenty of laughter and intimacy.
Sónar Reykjavik catered beats, party and confetti for the lovers of electronic music last weekend. Now in its third year, the festival is a success in many ways, but perhaps still lacks some magic, says Sari Peltonen.
The Barcelona-born music festival Sonar comes to town for the third time this weekend, bringing the heavy weights of electronic music to the same stage as local DJs, along with a surprising group of the Icelandic music talent, normally not seen in the dance clubs.
The Flaming Lips close Iceland Airwaves 2014 in a style that can only be described as ecstatic, confetti-crazed and completely over the top. The War on Drugs as a warm-up is not bad either, even without the gimmicks.
It is always the ones you expect the least from who surprise you the most. The sore feet and neck pains were worthwhile, as the future of rock ‘n’ roll presents itself.