Iceland Airwaves, the country’s longest running festival and the world’s Northernmost music showcase, returns to downtownReykjavík Wednesday, November 6 through Saturday, November 9. As it moves into its third decade and celebrates its 21st consecutive year, Iceland Airwaves continues to be regarded for bringing together the world’s most forward thinking acts with the best Icelandic talent all the while attracting over 6,000 visitors from over 60 countries each year. It is well established as being the not-to-miss event in the Reykjavík calendar and an unparalleled space for collaborative local creatives to present new projects.
Following the initial Iceland Airwaves announcement featuring Mac DeMarco,Whitney, Shame, Anna of the North, Boy Azooga,Georgia, GDRN, Hatari, and more, the 2019 event reveals its second round of performers.
Acts include up-and-coming Norwegian artist girl in red, the Ukraine’s Ivan Dorn, Scottish Album of the Year nominees Free Love, Pottery of Montreal and the UK, British siblings Penelope Isles, Niklas Paschburg of Germany who released “one of the most beautiful records of 2018” (Bob Boilen, NPR Music), and a plethora of Icelandic acts: the return of renowned singer Ólöf Arnalds, the genre-spanning, Björk-endorsed JFDR, 19 year-old classical pianist Gabriel Ólafs, hometown force Mammút, and multi-instrumental neo-classicists Hugar (featuring Björk’s musical director, Bergur Thórisson). The recently reformed folk and much loved septet Seabear make their post-hiatus live return at Iceland Airwaves, and are joined by many more local artists (full list is below).
Will Larnach-Jones, Head of Marketing and Operations at Iceland Airwaves comments, “For 2019, Iceland Airwaves returns to the ‘heart’ of the festival: shining light on Iceland’s stars and the world’s best emerging talent – all within the friendly atmosphere of downtown Reykjavik. Whether you’re a festival newcomer or a seasoned industry professional, Iceland Airwaves is the best long weekend for music lovers there is. Last year, we welcomed visitors from over 60 countries, we expect even more again this year.”
LISTEN TO ICELAND AIRWAVES 2019 PERFORMERS PLAYLIST HERE
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 days and nights, with performances hosted in various art galleries, churches, and concert halls. Its influence has turned Reykjavík into a global music city. 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. 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.
ICELAND AIRWAVES 2019 LINEUP (SO FAR) (new additions in bold & italics)
International Acts Mac DeMarco (CA) Whitney (US) Shame (UK) Anna of the North (NO) Ivan Dorn (UA) Georgia (UK) Boy Azooga (UK) girl in red (NO) Penelope Isles (UK) Pip Blom (NL) Blanco White (UK) Free Love (UK) Warmduscher (UK) Pottery (CA) Niklas Paschburg (DE) The Garrys (CA) Bessie Turner (UK) Alexandra Stréliski (CA) Alyona Alyona (UA) Amanda Tenfjord (NO) Glass Museum (BE) The Howl & The Hum (UK) Murkage Dave (UK) Siv Jakobsen (NO) Sons (BE) Pavvla (ES)
Icelandic Acts Vök Hatari Mammút JFDR Seabear Une Misère Hugar Kælan Mikla Ólöf Arnalds GDRN Auður Between Mountains Aron Can Auðn Berndsen Ceasetone Elín Sif Gabriel Ólafs Grísalappalísa Hildur Hrím IamHelgi Matthildur Moses Hightower Svavar Knútur Warmland