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Skrillex at Sónar Reykjavík 2015

Sónar Reykjavík 2015

By Sari Peltonen
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.
Sónar

Sónar Tónar

By 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 performing live at Vodafonehöllin during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 9, 2014

Iceland Airwaves – Wayne in the Sky with Balloons

By Brynjar Vatnsdal
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.
Moon King

Iceland Airwaves Off-Venue Program Preview

By Brynjar Vatnsdal
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.
Secret Solstice

Secret Solstice

By Katharina Hauptmann
A solid first edition with ups and downs.
Sónar Reykjavík

Sónar Reykjavík 2014: Day 1

By Ragnar Egilsson
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.
Sónar Reykjavík

Sónar Reykjavík

By Ragnar Egilsson
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.

Q&A: Leaves

A chat with Leaves about their return, Airwaves and their new album.

RIFF Review: Days of Gray and Hjaltalín Live

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.

Still Life Wins RIFF Golden Puffin Award

The Golden Puffin and FIPRESCI awards at this year’s Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) went to Still Life by Uberto Pasolini.

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