Iceland Airwaves, the country’s longest running music festival, returns todowntown Reykjavík Wednesday, November 6 through Saturday, November 9. As it celebrates its 21st consecutive year, Iceland Airwaves continues to bring together the world’s most forward thinking acts with the best Icelandic talent, and for presenting an unparalleled platform for collaborative local creatives to showcase their new projects. Attracting over 6,000 visitors from 60 countries each year, Airwaves is the not-to-miss event in the Reykjavík calendar. Today, Iceland Airwaves unveils its third wave of performersfollowing the recent addition of Of Monsters and Men.
Newly announced international acts include an intimate underplay by John Grant in the atmospheric church Frikirkjan, CautiousClay – named one of Rolling Stone’s “30 Best Artists We Saw at SXSW,” queer, boundary-pushing country troubadour Orville Peck, Irish 2018 Choice Music Prize nominees Just Mustard, and a dose of UK post-punk from East London’s Snapped Anklesand Manchester’s WH Lung. Additionally, they’re joined by a plethora of Icelandic acts, including much-loved Airwaves favourites Agent Fresco, Biggi Veira (of local dance music figureheads GusGus), pop-experimentalists BagdadBrothers, and Blóðmör, the hard rocking winners of this year’s Músíktilraunir, Reykjavík’s annual ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition. (Full list below)
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 and early bird tickets have sold out. Iceland Airwaves Music Festival first release tickets are on sale now for 17.900 ISK (around £113) for a four-day pass. Travel packages from USA, Canada, UK and Europe are available from Icelandair.