Iceland Airwaves, the country’s longest running festival and the world’s Northernmost music showcase, returns to downtown Reykjavík Wednesday, November 6 through Saturday, November 9 for its 21st consecutive year. The 2019 lineup will be revealed throughout the year. This year welcomes back Mac DeMarco, who first played in 2013, and also features debut appearances from Whitney, London-based Shame, Norwegian electro-pop artist Anna of the North, genre-bending Boy Azooga, plus many more. Icelandic-based billings include The Reykjavík Grapevine’s Album of the Year recipient and Nordic Music Prize nominee, GDRN, industrial-goth trio Hatari, hardcore collective Une Misére, trip hop pop trio Vök, and other local acts. The first wave of announced artists are listed below.
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Launched in 1999 as a one-off event in an airplane hangar, Iceland Airwaves has since become an integral part of Reykjavík’s yearly cultural calendar, taking over the historic downtown area for four packed days and nights, with performances hosted in various art galleries, churches, and concert halls. For two decades, Airwaves has shone a spotlight on new talent, with early appearances from the likes of Florence and the Machine, James Blake, and Sufjan Stevens, additionally hosting established acts like Björk, The Flaming Lips, The Knife, and Kraftwerk. The festival attracts visitors from 60 countries each year, bringing together the world’s most forward thinking acts with the best Icelandic talent. Following last year’s 50% female lineup, the first of its kind, Iceland Airwaves aims to continuously host a diverse, gender-balanced line-up.
Super early-bird tickets have sold out. Iceland Airwaves Music Festival early-bird tickets are on sale now for 14.900 ISK (around $136) for a four-day pass. Travel packages from USA, Canada, UK and Europe, are available from Icelandair.
Anna of the North
The Howl & The Hum