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.
The off-venue program for this year’s Iceland Airwaves is quite simply enormous: 675 shows at 52 venues over a period of one week is more than anybody can even begin to consider. So, much like the main event, planning and controlling expectations is vital.
Electronic music is all about rhythm, texture and the ebb-and-flow of build-ups and drops. It’s about how you withhold the beat and release it, how you build a pattern and then break it up intelligently.
Put on a pair of booty shorts for Major Lazer, get your glow sticks out for GusGus and strap on your thinking cap for James Holden.
As Iceland Airwaves 2013 wraps up, look back at some images of this year’s festival.
Some more snapshots from Iceland Airwaves.
So we begin our 14th Iceland Airwaves festival.
Reykjavík Art Museum (Hafnarhús) will run guided tours in English today and Sunday at 1 pm. The museum is one of the main venues of this year’s Iceland Airwaves festival.
A chat with Leaves about their return, Airwaves and their new album.
The highs and lows of RIFF 2013.
Watching and dining at its best.
Days of Gray , by French director Ani Simon-Kennedy, was shown at Gamla Bío, the old theater and opera house in Reykjavík with popular Icelandic band Hjaltalín, performing the score live on stage during the screening.
The Golden Puffin and FIPRESCI awards at this year’s Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) went to Still Life by Uberto Pasolini.