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IcelandaIr Is celebratIng Its 75th annIversary.

Bringing musicians to Iceland for 75 years


Rich Aucoin at Iceland Airwaves 2011 Photo by Alexander Matukhno

It’s on, y’all! Hæ krakkar. It’s been 380 days since we said goodbye at Nasa after yet another sweaty night where Rich Aucoin sailed into the night on his surfboard. Yes, things have changed – we are two weeks late and there is no Nasa. We could all lie down and cry, but changes can also be good and we will rise again and party from dusk to dawn as always. Yeah, it’s Iceland Airwaves once more! In my office with iTunes on shuffle – it hits me: Everybody seems to be inspired by Iceland. Our bankers, the volcanoes and this ocean that separates and isolates us from the rest of the world have in fact been a marvelous marketing tool. How about that?! Like Josef K. sang in 1981 – It’s kind of funny. Reykjavík, the Northern lights, the cod, the mackerel, the sheep, Vesturbæjarlaugin and zip code 101 to 111 will all welcome and embrace you – so just jump in and swim! It’s been a wonderful ride organizing and programming Iceland Airwaves 2012. And we are ever so proud with the result. Go for Harpa, punk at Mjódd, dance at Hlemmur, swim in the ocean, eat that mackerel, sheep’s head and of course the cod. Njótið! Grímur Atlason, Festival Manager P.S. Save the date for Iceland Airwaves 2013. The fifteenth edition takes place October 30 – November 3!

Iceland Airwaves Magazine published by Fröken ehf. / Text by The Reykjavík Grapevine / Rebecca Louder. Festival design and art direction by Júlía Hvanndal / Sales: Fröken ehf. / Copies: 13.000. Schedule is subject to change.


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Bringing musicians to Iceland for 75 years


ICELANDAIR MARINA sChEDuLE Thursday 12.00 – Eldar 17.00 – Agent Fresco 18.00 – Dikta Friday 12.00 – Ásgeir Trausti 17.00 – Valdimar 18.00 – Of Monsters and Men 19.00 – Tilbury Saturday 12.00 – Snorri Helgason 17.00 – Hjálmar 18.00 – For a Minor Reflection

Bringing musicians to Iceland for 75 years


As per usual we have some super cool and ultra trendy merchandise available, silk screen printed in our very own Reykjavík. This way you can take the essence of Iceland Airwaves with you when you leave our little island. The merch is available for purchase at the Media Center, Harpa, The Reykjavík Art Museum, Iðnó and in our fancy online store (icelandairwaves.is). You might even see some street vendors!

Center Hotel Plaza Aðalstræti 4, 101 Reykjavík Opening hours Monday Oct 29 – Tuesday Oct 30 - 12:00-18:00 Wednesday Oct 31 - Friday Nov 2 - 10:00-22:00 Saturday Nov 3 - 12:00-18:00

The Media Center is an indispensable part of the festival. Through the years it has been located at various bars/restaurants in downtown Reykjavík, in walking distance from all the festival venues. At the Media Center, festival goers can pick up their festival and media passes, purchase Iceland Airwaves merch, enjoy happy hour, and hook up with likeminded festival friends. This year we’re located at Center Hotel Plaza, Aðalstræti 4, right in the city centre—very close to all the festival venues. NOTE: Please bring your midi.is email confirmation and photo ID, and we will give you your festival pass.

www.icelandairwaves.is Instagram: icelandairwaves twitter.com/icelandairwaves #airwaves12 facebook.com/icelandairwavesfestival

Check out airwaves.grapevine.is for breaking festival news and daily updated reviews of every Iceland Airwaves show


Þýski Barinn / Deutsche Bar

MORR MUSIC

IÐNÓ

SILFURBERG RECORD RECORDS

Harpa

Kaldalón

Harpa

GAmli gaukurinn

UPSTAIRS EXTREME CHILL

Faktorý

Downstairs

Faktorý

Amsterdam

19:00

YLJA

19:10

19.30

M-BAND

19:30

20:30

20.10

JAFET MELGE

20:00

ÞOKA

20:00

MYRRA RÓS

20:00

TILBURY

20:00

ÚLFUR

20:00

LOVE DEMONS

20:00

WED, O C T 3 1

21.30

20:50

ELÍN EY

W/ SPECIAL GUESTS 21:40

GABRÍEL

21:40

SÓLEY

PASCAL PINON 20:50

22.10

22:30

22:50

22.50

22:30

HIGHASAKITE (NO)

22:30

PRINS PÓLÓ

22:30

MAMMÚT

22:30

NÓRA

22:30

HELLVAR

23:20

23:20

SIN FANG

23:20

SYKUR

23:20

00:10

ÁSGEIR TRAUSTI

00:10

00:10

FM BELFAST

RETRO STEFSON

00:10

SNORRI HELGASON

JACK MAGNET QUINTET

00:10

AGENT FRESCO 23:20

00.10

SAMARIS LEGEND

23.30

00:10

00:30 STAFRÆNN HÁKON

00:00

THORUNN ANTONIA

BEATMAKIN TROOPA

TONIK

23:20

23:30 HOLLOW VEINS

ÁRNI VECTOR

23:00

HEFLARNIR

22:30

DJ ANDRE

OJBA RASTA 21:40

21:40

GP!

21:40

LOCKERBIE

PRINCE VALÍUM

21:40

ENKÍDÚ

21:40

KIRIYAMA FAMILY 20:50

20:50

22:00

HINIR GUÐDÓMLEGU NEANDERDALSMENN

21:30

MAGNÚS LEIFUR

20:50

RETROBOT

20.50

TROUBLE

20:50

MIKAEL LIND

20:50

21:00 FUNK THAT SHIT!

01:00


Venue

KRONIK

Þýski barinn / DEUTSCHE BAR

Drowned in sound

REYKJAVÍK ART MUSEUM

IÐNÓ

SILFURBERG

HARPA

NORÐURLJÓS

HARPA

KALDALÓN

HARPA

GAMLI GAUKURINN

Upstairs WEIRDCORE/ HEILADANS

Faktorý

Downstairs

Faktorý

Amsterdam

19:10

19:30

GHOST TOWN JENNY (US)

19:00

20:30

20:00

20:00

ÚLFUR ÚLFUR

20:00

SAMARIS

CONTALGEN FUNERAL 20:00

20:30

20:50

20:50

ELDAR

LEAVES

20:40

EMMSJÉ GAUTI

21:20

21:40

ÁRSTÍÐIR

HALLELUWAH

21:00

PHANTOGRAM (US)

CHEEK MOUNTAIN THIEF (UK/IS) 20:50

21:20

SÓLSTAFIR 21:40

21:40

22:30

22:10

GÍSLI PÁLMI

22:00

23:30

23:30

23:20

23:20

23:00

23:00

POLIÇA (US)

00:10

00:00

SHABAZZ PALACES (US)

00:20

DOLDRUMS (CA)

OF MONSTERS AND MEN

23:30

00:10

00:10

00:20

EWERT AND THE TWO DRAGONS (EE) SWANS (US)

PASSWORDS (CA)

23:10

PURITY RING (CA)

23:20

BIGGI HILMARS

NOVA HEART (CN)

FUTUREGRAPHER

00:10

00:30 MUCK

HAIM (US)

OCULUS

00:00

TANYA & MARLON

23:20

NOISE

23:30

THEESATISFACTION (US)

CATERPILLARMEN

22:10

DIKTA

HAM 22:30

22:30

HANNE KOLSTØ (NO)

22:30

22:40

RANGLEKLODS (DK)

22:30

RVK SOUNDSYSTEM

SUDDEN WEATHER CHANGE

SÓLEY

ELIZA NEWMAN

21:40

22:00

22:30

23:00

THE FOREIGN RESORT (DK)

22:30

QUADRUPLOS

THE ECHO VAMPER (DK)

21:20

BIX

JAMIE N COMMONS (UK)

SKÁLMÖLD 20:50

20:40

SKURKEN

21:40

21:40

INTRO BEATS

20:50

20:50

THIZONE

22:00 GANG RELATED

21:30

LOVE & FOG

21:00

LÁRA RÚNARS

THE HEAVY EXPERIENCE 20:00

VIGRI

20:00

MORNING AFTER YOUTH

20:00

20:00

OYAMA

FU KAISHA

20:00

T H U, NOV 1


Venue

20:00

20:00

Þýski Barinn / Deutsche Bar

filter

Reykjavík Art Museum

bedroom community

Iðnó

Silfurberg clash

Harpa

NORÐURLJÓS

HARPA

Kaldalón

Harpa

Gamli Gaukurinn

Fríkirkjan

Upstairs

20:00

20:00

JAPANESE SUPER SHIFT AND THE FUTURE BAND

NOLO

DANÍEL BJARNASON

20:00

20:50

21:40

21:00

21:20

22:10

22:00

00:20

CAPTAIN FUFANU

00:10

00:30 BENEATH

01:10

01:00

HAZAR

01:10

01:30 CELESTINE

22:30

02:10

GLUTEUS MAXIMUS

02:00

02:30 GONE POSTAL

02:00

ELEKTRO GUZZI (AT)

01:00

23:00

23:20

00:10

00:00

HJÁLMAR & JIMI TENOR (IS/FI)

00:20

01:00

FM BELFAST

SHEARWATER (US)

THE ECLECTIC MONIKER (DK)

EXITMUSIC (US)

23:20

SHIKO SHIKO (FR)

23:20

00:20

MOONFACE WITH SIINAI (CA/FI)

00:00

THE VACCINES (UK)

BLOUSE (US)

23:00

MAMMÚT

01:20

REYKJAVÍK!

02:10

03:00

OCULUS

02:30

03:00

THOR

DREAM CENTRAL STATION

THE VINTAGE THEE ATTACKS (DK) ENDLESS DARK WE MADE GOD CARAVAN 00:10 01:10 02:00 23:20

23:20

BENDAGRAM (FI)

HALF MOON RUN (CA)

TILBURY

RUBIK (FI)

BORKO 21:40

VALGEIR SIGURÐSSON

22:30

APPARAT ORGAN QUARTET

FOR A MINOR REFLECTION

22:30

PÉTUR BEN

22:30

MOSS (NL)

22:30

SISY EY

23:00

00:00

NUKE DUKEM

23:20

WISTARIA

23:30

PUZZLE NICO MUHLY (US) SAM AMIDON (US) BEN FROST (AU/IS) MUTESON (UK) 23:00 00:00 01:00 22:10

ÓLAFUR ARNALDS

21:40

LANGI SELI OG SKUGGARNIR

21:40

21:30

KOOL THING (DE)

KIRIYAMA FAMILY 21:20

NELSON CAN (DK)

20:40

PAUL CORLEY (US)

21:40

HERMIGERVILL

22:00

22:30

23:00

ANGIST

22:30

STEVE SAMPLING

21:40

PATRICK WOLF (ACOUSTIC) (UK)

ÚTIDÚR

20:50

ME AND MY DRUMMER (DE) 20:30

20:00

CERCUEIL (FR)

MONOTOWN

20:50

HUDSON WAYNE

20:00

20:50

SAYTAN

20:30

LOW ROAR (US/IS)

JUST ANOTHER SNAKE CULT

LAY LOW

20:50

22:00

HEAVY MEDICAL (US)

21:30

GEIR HELGI

20:50

ATRUM

21:00

Faktorý

19:10

20:30

SVARTIDAUÐI

20:00

GOOD MOON DEER

BOOGIE TROUBLE

19:30

21:00

19:00

Downstairs

Faktorý

Amsterdam

F R I, NOV 2


Venue

Þýski Barinn / Deutsche Bar

moshi moshi

Reykjavik Art Museum

bella union

Iðnó

Silfurberg

Harpa

NORÐURLJÓS

HARPA

Kaldalón

Harpa

Gamli Gaukurinn

Fríkirkjan

Upstairs

Faktorý

Downstairs RETRO STEFSON BLOCK PARTY

Faktorý

Amsterdam

19:00

19:30

20:30

SOLARIS

20:50

ASONAT

20:50

21:00

20:20

20:00

STEREO HYPNOSIS

20:00

PRINS PÓLÓ

20:00

MY BUBBA & MI

22:30

22:30

22:00

BYPASS

22:30

21:40

KIRA KIRA 22:30

WOODPIDGEON (CA)

PLASTIC GODS JESUSLESFILLES (CA) 21:40

21:30

23:00 ÆLA

LEGEND

22:30

DAUGTHER (UK)

21:40

SOMETIME

21:40

22:00

23:30

23:20

SIINAI (FI)

23:20

DR. SPOCK

23:20

SYKUR

23:20

20:50

20:50

EPIC RAIN

21:00

21:40

21:40

22:30

23:20

23:20

00:20

00:00

DIIV (US)

OJBA RASTA 00:20

DIRTY PROJECTORS (US) GHOSTPOET (UK)

23:00

FRIENDS (US) BLOODGROUP

22:00

SIN FANG

GHOSTIGITAL

22:30

00:00

00:20

DJANGO DJANGO (SCO) I BREAK HORSES (SE)

23:00

RETRO STEFSON

ÓLÖF ARNALDS

22:00

PHILCO FICTION (NO)

SKÚLI SVERRISSON

KWES (UK)

MO KENNEY (CA)

21:10

BENNI HEMM HEMM

20:50

00:20

BOY (CH/DE)

MR.SILLA

00:10

BRAIN POLICE

00:20

THORUNN ANTONIA

00:00

02:00

01:20

02:20

03:00

DJ SET 03:00

EMMSJÉ GAUTI

HERMIGERVILL

03:00

ULTRA MEGA TECHNOBANDIÐ STEFÁN

02:00

MOMENTUM

02:00

ÚLFUR ÚLFUR

01:30

ELEKTRO GUZZI (AT)

01:20

VALDIMAR

01:00

GUSGUS

STRIGASKÓR NR. 42 01:10

02:30 SINDRI ELDON & THE WAYS

02:00

PEDRO PILATUS BERNDSEN 01:10

01:10

01:30

CROISZTANS

01:00

HOUSEKELL

00:10

00:30

MORÐINGJARNIR

00:00

TECHNICAL KIDMAN (CA)

THE BARR AGENT FRESCO ÁSGEIR TRAUSTI VACATIONER (US) BROTHERS (CA) 23:20 21:40 22:30

SAMÚEL JÓN SAMÚELSSON BIG BAND

20:00

RÖKKURRÓ

20:50

1860

20:00

GUÐRIÐ HANSDÓTTIR (FO)

20:50

DIMMA

MUCK

20:00

21:30

BENJAMIN (FO) ÞÓRIR GEORG

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY BEN FROST AND DANÍEL BJARNASON 20:00

20:00

MYRKÁ

20:00

SAT, NOV 3


Venue

Þýski Barinn / Deutsche Bar

Laugardagshöllin

Gamli Gaukurinn

Amsterdam

19:00

19:30

SIGUR RÓS

20:30

21:00

21:00

JÓN ÞÓR 22:00

ELÍN EY

22:00

23:00

SOMETIME

23:00

SKÁLMÖLD

23:30 23:00

HLJÓMSVEITIN ÉG

23:00

BÁRUJÁRN

22:30 22:00

HELLVAR

22:00 SAYTAN

21:30 21:00

TWO TICKETS TO JAPAN

21:00

19:00 (TICKET NEEDED - DOORS OPEN AT 18:00)

20:00

S U N, NOV 4 00:30 00:00

MOMENTUM

00:00

BOOGIE TROUBLE

00:00

ULTRA MEGA TECHNOBANDIÐ STEFÁN

00:00

01:00


OF F VEN UE WEDNESDAY • Eymundsson

• Prikið Kaffihús Bankastræti 12

explores our relationship with the news through inventive imagery and puppetry with live music and soundscape by sóley.

17.30 Útidúr 18.00 Lára

Rock&Bacon 09.00-10.00 Myrra Rós and Marjan Venema

• Dillon

• 12 Tónar

• Eymundsson

18.45 Blind Bargain 19.30 PORQUESÍ 20.15 Heima 21.00 Stafrænn Hákon 21.45 Morgan Kane 22.30 Morning After Youth 23.15 Oyama 00.00 Gang Related

17.30 Lily and Fox 18.00 Passwords (CA)

17.00 Low Roar 17.30 Lay Low

Austurstræti 18

Laugavegur 30

• Kaffibarinn

Bergstaðarstræti 1 Jón Jónsson presents:

18:00 Gang Related 19:00 Útidúr 22:00 Alfons X (DJ set)

• Bar 11

Hverfisgata 18 Rock-stage

17.00 Pétur Ben 18.00 Vigri 19.00 Jón Þór 20.00 Cousins (CA) 21.00 Hanne Kolstø (NO) Bar-stage

17.30 18.30 19.30 20.30

FBi radio Showcase: Northern Lights FBi radio Showcase: Northern Lights Sindri Eldon & The Ways Rif

• Munnharpan Austurbakki 2

19:00 Skúli Mennski

Skólavörðustígur 15

• Dillon

15.00 16.00 17.00 18.00

18.00 Alchemia 18.45 Pungsig 19.30 Why Not Jack 20.15 Saytan 21.00 The Wicked Strangers 21.45 Two Tickets to Japan 22.30 Otto Katz Orchestra 23.15 Wistaria 00.00 Brain Police

Austurstræti 20

Kiriyama Family Vacationer (US) Blouse (US) Hanne Kolstø (NO)

• KEX

Skúlagata 28 Live Broadcast on KEXP.ORG

13.00 15.00 17.00 18.30 20.30

Sóley Blouse (US) Tilbury Mr. Silla FM Belfast

• Icelandic bar Pósthússtræti 9

15.00 Futuregrapher

• Inspired by Iceland: The smallest Iceland Airwaves off-venue

Ingólfstorg

14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00

Tilbury Valdimar Dikta Hjálmar

• Glætan

Laugavegur 19

16.00 17.00 18.00 19.00

Vala og Jói Óda Ingunn Huld Ósk Catalyst (US)

• Kunstschlager

16.00 17.00 18.00 19.00

17.00 PLATPLÖTUR (serving raw hot dogs with majones and baptized milk during sound artists and poets performances)

DJ Flugvél og Geimskip Futuregrapher Nova Heart (CN) 1860

Rauðarárstígur 1

• Reykjavik Backpackers

• Hotel Reykjavík Natura

16.00 Lára Rúnars 17.00 Jón Þór 19.00 Futuregrapher 20.00 1860 21.00 Dizzy Ninjas 22.00 My Brother is Pale

17.00 Hide Your Kids 17.40 Sing for me Sandra 18.20 Tanya & Marlon

Laugavegur 28

• Reykjavík Downtown Hostel Vesturgata 17

15.00 16.00 17.00

Ghost Town Jenny (US) Me & My Drummer (DE) Ewert and The Two Dragons (EE)

Austurstræti 18

• Hressó

• Sirkus port Klapparstíg 30

THURSDAY

Nautholsvegur 52

• Smekkleysa Laugavegur 35

16.00 Öskutuska and others • Kúlan, National Theatre Lindargata 7

18.00 Breaking News (Nýjustu fréttir) is a new visual performance by VaVaVoom Theatre. It

Laugavegur 30

• Kaffibarinn

Bergstaðarstræti 1 Bedroom Community & Friends:

16.00 16.50 17.40 18.30

TBA Nadia Sirota (US) Paul Corley (US) Ben Frost (AU/IS)

Jón Jónsson presents:

22.00 Captain Fufanu 22.45 DJ Casanova (DJ set)

• Bar 11

Hverfisgata 18 Rock-stage

17.00 Nóra 18.00 Jesuslesfilles (CA) 19.00 Oléna (FR) 20.00 RetRoBot 21.00 Thee Attacks (DK) Bar-stage

17.30 18.30 19.30 20.30

1860 Myrra Rós Mo Kenney (CA) Nelson Can (DK)

• Sirkus port Klapparstíg 30

16.00 Cercueil (FR) 17.00 Shiko Shiko (FR) 18.00 Retro Stefson 19.00 Hermigervill 20.00 Elektro Guzzi (NL) 21.00 Viktor Birgiss Live

• Reykjavik Backpackers Laugavegur 28

15.00 Mýrra Rós 16.00 Taylor Selsback (IS/US) 18.00 Bee Bee and the Blue Birds 19.00 Ylja 20.00 Just Another Snake Cult 21.00 1860 22.00 Maggi


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OF F VE NUE 17.00 18.30 20.30

• •

Norræna húsið

Sturlugata 5

12.00 13.00 14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00 18.00

Just another Snake cult Agent Fresco Ásgeir Trausti Mikael Lind (SE) Dikta Ólafur Arnalds THEE ATTACKS (DK)

• Reykjavík Downtown Hostel Vesturgata 17

12.30 14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00

The Line of Best Fit Sessions Asonat TBA TBA Futuregrapher

Hjálmar Shabazz Palaces (US) / THEESatisfaction (DE) EXITMUSIC (US)

Icelandair at Marina Hotel

Mýrargata 2

12.00 Eldar 17.00 Agent Fresco 18.00 Dikta

• Icelandic bar Pósthússtræti 9

18.00 The duet Kleópatra with Jón Gnarr and Sigurjón Kjartansson

• Laundromat Cafe Austurstræti 9

17.00 M-Band

• Restaurant Reykjavík Vesturgata 2

14.00 Benni Hemm Hemm 16.00 Ólöf Arnalds

• Bio Paradis Hverfisgata 54

15.00 16.00 17.00 18.00 19.00

Bankastræti 12 Rock&Bacon

09.00 RetRoBot and Grúska Babúska

• 12 Tónar

Skólavörðustígur 15

17.00 Boogie Trouble 17.30 Rökkurró

• Hressó

Austurstræti 20 OSHEAGA and CIMA present CANADIAN BLAST

14.00 14.45 15.30 16.15 17.00

Mo Kenney (CA) Technical Kidman (CA) Passwords (CA) Half Moon Run (CA) The Barr Brothers (CA)

• Hressó

Austurstræti 20

22.00 22.45 23.30 00.15

Böddi, Solo Project My Brother is Pale Vigri Kiriyama Family

• KEX

Skúlagata 28 Live Broadcast on KEXP.ORG

13.00 Ólafur Arnalds 15.00 Apparat Organ Quartet

Austurbakki 2

12.00 Þoka 12.40 Kiriyama Family 19.00 Boogie Trouble 19.40 Me and my drummer (DE) • Kolabrautin Austurbakki 2

14.00 14.40 15.20 16.00 16.40

Puzzle Muteson (UK) Jóhann Kristinsson My Bubba & Mi TBA Good Moon Deer

• 12 Tónar

Austurbakki 2

17.00 Steindór Andersen & Hilmar Örn exclusive concert

• Glætan

Laugavegur 19

16.00 17.00 18.00 19.00

Arnar Scheving Whale vs. Elephant (DE) Sonia (FI) Tilviljun?

• Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura

Oléna (FR) Futuregrapher Arnljótur DJ Flugvél og Geimskip Stafrænn Hákon

• Prikið Kaffihús

• Munnharpan

Nautholsvegur 52

17.00 Minor Times 17.40 Svavar Knútur 18.20 Guðríð Hansdóttir 17.00 The opening of the Apfelsin bros. art & handwork exhibition. Apfelsin bros. is the collaboration project from Sindri (from Sin Fang and Seabear) and Örvar (from múm and FM Belfast). The work from their book Apfelsin bros. Picture Book will be collected for exhibition for the first time this Iceland Airwaves music festival along with hand-painted T-shirts. 18.00 Snorri Helgason Restaurant Reykjavík will also host a contemporary art exhibition with local artist related to the music scene.

• Salvation Army Chapel Kirkjustræti 2

17.00 Vala og Jói Óda 18.00 Ósl 19.00 Catalyst (US)

• Inspired by Iceland: The smallest Iceland Airwaves off-venue

Ingólfstorg

14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00

Retro Stefsson Hermigervill Lay Low Pascal Pinon

• Smekkleysa Laugavegur 35

16.00 Samúel Jón Samúelsson and others

• Kúlan, National Theatre Lindargata 7

18.00 Breaking News (Nýjustu fréttir) is a new visual performance by VaVaVoom Theatre. It explores our relationship with the news through inventive imagery and puppetry with live music and soundscape by sóley.

• Mánabar

Hverfisgata 20

17.00 17.30 18.00 18.30 19.00 19.30

Red Poets Þorgerður Jóhanna Pascal Pinion Ingunn Huld Svavar Knútur Magnús Leifur


OF F VE NUE FRIDAY

• Norræna húsið

• Hitt húsið

• Dillon

12.00 Benjamin (FO) 13.00 Guðríð Hansdóttir (FO) 14.00 Lára Rúnars 15.00 My Bubba & Mi 16.00 Lockerbie

20.00-22.30 Unglist festival presents: Hide your Kids, SiML, My Brother is Pale, Þoka, The Lovely Lion

Laugavegur 30

17.15 Treisí 18.00 Murrk 18.45 Storyteller 19.30 Rif 20.00 Ofvitarnir 20.45 Bárujárn 21.30 Gildran 22.15 Contalgen Funeral 23.00 Dimma 23.45 Noice

• Kaffibarinn

Bergstaðarstræti 1

Bedroom Community & Friends: 16.00 Michael Wookey (FR) 16.50 Shahzad Ismaily (US) 17.40 Daníel Bjarnason 18.30 Sam Amidon (US) Jón Jónsson presents:

22.00 RetRoBot 23.00 Eric Duncan (Still Going, Rub N Tug) (DJ set), FKNHNDSM (DJ set)

• Bar 11

Hverfisgata 18 Rock-stage

17.00 Dýrðin 18.00 Fræbbblarnir 19.00 Morðingjarnir 20.00 Gang Related 21.00 Stafrænn Hákon Bar-stage MÖLLER Records Showcase

17.30 18.30 19.30 20.30

Intro Beats Murya / Futurgrapher Bistro Boy Subminimal

• Sirkus port Klapparstíg 30

16.00 Sudden Weather Change 17.00 M-Band 18.00 Halleluwah 19.00 Bendagram (FI) 20.00 Rangleklods (DK) 21.00 Gluteus Maximus

• Reykjavik Backpackers Laugavegur 28

13.00 WOODPIGEON (CA) 14.00 Dizzy Ninjas 15.00 Taylor Selsback (US/IS) 16.00 Hanne Kolstø (NO) 17.00 Ghost Town Jenny (US) 18.00 Grúska Babúska 19.00 Contalgen Funeral 20.00 My brother is pale 21.00 Gang related 22.00 Philco Fiction (NO)

Sturlugata 5

• Kron Kron

Pósthússtræti 3-5

• Icelandair at Marina Hotel Mýrargötu 2

19.00 Good Moon Deer 20.00 Samaris 21.00 Yunioshi (UK)

12.00 17.00 18.00 19.00

• Reykjavík Downtown Hostel

• Hressó

12.30 14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00

13.00 14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00

Laugavegur 63b

Vesturgata 17

The Line of Best Fit Sessions Rangleklods (DK) Mammút Vigri Rökkurró

Ásgeir Trausti Valdimar Of Monsters and Men Tilbury

Austurstræti 20 M for Montreal

Passwords (CA) Jesuslesfilles (CA) Doldrums (CA) Half Moon Run (CA) Retro Stefson

• Bio Paradis

• Hressó

14.00 Good Moon Deer 15.00 Just Another Snake Cult 16.00 Bárujárn 17.00 Plastic Gods 17.45 Oyama 18:30 Hjaltalín - Days of Gray. Live performance to the silent feature, Days of Gray. This brand new work in progress is a the timeless, coming-of-age tale of a young boy and girl’s otherworldly adventures, and features an original score by Hjaltalín, now brought to you live for the first time.

22.00 22.45 23.20 00.15

Hverfisgata 54

• Mál og menning Laugavegur 18

18.00 Dr. Gunni’s tome “Stuð vors lands - POP MUSIC IN ICELAND” (only available in Icelandic as of now) will be revealed and introduced. Some of Icelands’ most legendary singers will perform their best known songs with Dr. Gunni’s band. This truely is a unique event!

• Prikið Kaffihús Bankastræti 12 Rock&Bacon

Austurstræti 20

Bríet Sunna & Hljómsveit Þoka Haffi Haff Una Stefáns

• Mánabar

Hverfisgata 20

17.00 17.30 18.00 18.30 19.00 19.30

Árstíðir Blágresi Danimal Jón Tryggvi og Uni Biggi Hilmars Heima

• KEX

Skúlagata 28 Live Broadcast on KEXP.ORG

13.00 15.00 17.00 18.30 20.30

Ojba Rasta Ghostigital Sólstafir Úlfur Úlfur Sin Fang

• Netagerðin Nýlendugata 14

16.00 17.00 18.00 19.00

Jónas Sig Woodpigeon (CA) Biggi Hilmars Mugison

09.00-10.00 Ultra Mega Technobandið Stefán and Sindri Eldon & The Ways

• Icelandic bar

22.00 CasaNova, Klose One (UK), Droog (US)

• Laundromat Cafe

Wastelife presents:

• 12 Tónar

Skólavörðustígur 15

17.30 Samaris 18.00 The Heavy Experience

Pósthússtræti 9

18.00 HAM Austurstræti 9

15.00 Myrra Rós

• Eymundsson Austurstræti 18

17.00 1860 17.30 Myrra Rós 18.00 Þoka


OF F VEN UE • Restaurant Reykjavík

• Mjódd

• Sirkus port

14.00 Borko 16.00 Prins Póló 18.00 Sóley Restaurant Reykjavík will also host a contemporary art exhibition with local artist related to the music scene.

16.00-18.00 Icelandic rokk at Mjódd, bus station: Sindri Eldon & The Ways, Jón Þór, Hollow Veins. AMFJ

15.00 Lockerbie 16.00 Moss (NL) 17.00 Sykur 18.00 Kool Thing (DE) 19.00 Bypass 20.00 Sísy Ey 21.00 Terrordisco

Vesturgata 2

• Kolabrautin Austurbakki 2

14.00 Woodpigeon (CA) 14.40 FBi radio Showcase: Northern Lights 16.00 Pascal Pinon 16.40 Trouble

Álfabakki 12

• Hotel Reykjavík Natura Nautholsvegur 52

17.00 Uni og Jón Tryggvi 17.40 Ylja 18.20 One Bad day

• Lækjartorg 18.00 Before Sense 18.30 White Signal

• Munnharpan

SATURDAY

12.00 White Signal 19.00 Magnús Leifur

• Eymundsson

Austurbakki 2

• 12 Tónar, Harpa Austurbakki 2

17.00 Þórir Georg 17.30 Beatmakin Troopa

• Salvation Army Chapel Kirkjustræti 2

13.00 Arnar Scheving 14.00 Sonia (FI) 15.00 Vala og Jói Óda 16.00 Camilla Rut og Rafn Hlíðkvist 17.00 Whale vs. Elephant (DE) 18.00 Catherine Stankiewicz 19.00 Tilviljun?

• Menntaskólinn við Hamrahlíð Hamrahlíð 10

16.00 17.00 18.00 19.00

RetRoBot Gísli Pálmi Bloodgroup Ultra Mega Techno Bandið Stefán

• Inspired by Iceland: The smallest Iceland Airwaves off-venue

Ingólfstorg

14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00

Pétur Ben Prins Póló Snorri Helgason Ásgeir Trausti

• Glætan

Laugavegur 19

14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00 18.00 19.00

Tholly’s Blues Band Catherine Stankiewicz Ingunn Huld Mars Bandið Simmi Junius Meyvant

Austurstræti 18

17.00 Nóra 17.30 Tilbury 18.00 Valdimar

• Dillon

Laugavegur 30

18.45 Casio Fatso 19.30 Urban Lumber 20.00 Finnegan 20.45 RetRoBot 21.30 Dúkkulísur 22.15 Hljómsveitin Ég 23.00 Langi seli og skuggarnir 23.45 Leaves

• Kaffibarinn

Bergstaðarstræti 1 Bedroom Community & Friends:

16.00 16.50 17.40 18.30

TBA Markéta Irglóva (CZ) Puzzle Muteson (UK) Nico Muhly (US)

Jón Jónsson presents:

20.00 Kool Thing (DE) (DJ set) 22.00 Sísy Ey 23.00 Margeir (Gluteus Maximus) (DJ set), Sexy Lazer (Human Woman) (DJ set)

• Bar 11

Hverfisgata 18 Rock-stage

17.00 Skelkur í Bringu 18.00 The Heavy Experience 19.00 Oyama 20.00 Saytan 21.00 Shiny Darkly (DK) Bar-stage

17.30 18.30 19.30 20.30

Þórir Georg Prismwaves (US) Just Another Snake Cult Nolo

Klapparstíg 30

• Reykjavik Backpackers Laugavegur 28

14.00 Skúli Mennski (DJ set) 15.00 Maggi 16.00 Þoka 17.00 Boogie Trouble 18.00 Illgresi 19.00 Caterpillarmen 20.00 Yunioshi (UK) 21.00 Cynic Guru 22.00 Morning After Youth

• Norræna húsið Sturlugata 5

13.00 Rökkurró 14.00 Vigri 15.00 Rubik (FI) 16.00 Útidúr 17.00 Árstíðir 18.00 Þoka

• Reykjavík Downtown Hostel Vesturgata 17

12.30 14.00 15.00 16.00

The Line of Best Fit Sessions Boy (CH/DE) Boogie Trouble TBA

• Bio Paradis Hverfisgata 54

14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00 18.00

Útidúr Skelkur í Bringu Grísalappalísa Jóhann Kristinsson FBi Radio Showcase: Northern lights

• Hressó

Austurstræti 20

13.00 14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00

Cousins (CA) Sudden Weather Change Caterpillarmen Rubik (FI) The Foreign Resort (DK)

• Hressó

Austurstræti 20

22.00 22.45 23.30 00.15

Grúska Babúska Low Roar Dusty Miller Johnny and the rest


OF F VE NUE • Mánabar

• Salvation Army Chapel

• Kaffibarinn

17.00 17.30 18.00 18.30

• Herrafataverzlun Kormáks

14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00 18.00 19.00

Jón Jónsson presents: 19.00 Radio Bongo Night with: Gluteus Maximus, Högni Egilsson, Davíð Þór Jónsson, Óttar Sæmundsen, Doktor Frisør and more...

Laugavegur 59

• Inspired by Iceland: The smallest

• Reykjavik Backpackers

Ingólfstorg

14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00

Hverfisgata 20

Fusi og Silla Gillon Joe Dubius Contalgen funeral

Og Skjaldar

16.00 Snorri Helgason 17.00 Langi Seli & Skuggarnir

• Icelandair at Marina Hotel Mýrargötu 2

12.00 Snorri Helgason 17.00 Hjálmar 18.00 For a Minor Reflection

• Kolabrautin bar Austurbakki 2

14.00 14.40 15.20 16.00 16.40

Oléna (FR) Ghost Town Jenny (US) Úlfur Tilbury TBA

• Munnharpan

Kirkjustræti 2

Marína Ósk Tholly’s Blues Band Ingunn Huld Mars Bandið Junius Meyvant Svavar Knútur

Iceland Airwaves off-venue

14.00 Jónas Sig og Ritvélar framtíðarinnar 15.00 Pollapönk 16.00 Ólafur Arnalds 17.00 Sóley

• Glætan

Laugavegur 19

14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00 18.00 19.00

Sonia (FI) Camilla Rut og Rafn Hlíðkvist Marína Ósk Lockerbie Rúnar eff Catalyst

Bergstaðarstræti 1

Laugavegur 28

Ylja Gang Related Morning After Youth Boogie Trouble

• Munnharpan Austurbakki 2

16.00 Stórsveit Reykjavíkur (The Reykjavik Big Band)

• KEX

Skúlagata 28

13.00 14.30 16.00 17.30 20.30

My Bubba & Mi Ásgeir Trausti Benni Hemm Hemm The Heavy Experience Oyama

Austurbakki 2

• Icewear

14.20 M-band 15.00 Þórir Georg 15.40 Svavar Knútur

• Laundromat Cafe

• 12 Tónar

• Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura

• Glætan

12.30 1860 13.20 Magnús Leifur

12.00 13.00 14.00 15.00 16.00 17.00

12.00 Útidúr 19.00 Eyþór Ingi Austurbakki 2

17.00 Lily and Fox 17.30 Low Roar (IS/US)

• KEX

Skúlagata 28

13.00 Half Moon Run (CA) 15.00 FBi radio Showcase: Northern Lights 17.00 Borko 18.30 Valdimar 20.30 Monotown

• Laundromat Cafe Austurstræti 9

Þingholtsstræti 2-4

Nautholsvegur 52

• Smekkleysa Laugavegur 35

16.00 Beatmakin Troopa and others

• Lækjartorg

18.00 Before Sense 18.30 White Signal

16.00 Bartones (the male choir of Kaffibarinn) 17.00 Ylja

SUNDAY

• Restaurant Reykjavík

Austurstræti 18

Vesturgata 2

14.00 Tilbury 16.00 Ásgeir Trausti 18.00 Jónas Sigurðsson

Restaurant Reykjavík will also host a contemporary art exhibition with local artist related to the music scene.

• Hlemmur

Laugavegur 126

15.00-19.00 Icelandic electronica at Hlemmur, bus station: Asonat, Futuregrapher, Dj AnDre, Beatmakin Troopa, Tonik

• Eymundsson 15.00 Whale vs. Elephant 15.30 Ylja 16.00 Ásgeir Traustason

• Dillon

Laugavegur 3

20.15 21.00 21.45 22.30 23.15

Una Stefánsdóttir Gímaldin Gruska Babuska My brother is pale Skúli Mennski

Austurstræti 9

17.00 Samaris Laugavegur 19

Sonia (FI) Ósk Tholly’s Blues Band Junius Meyvant Svavar Knútur Catalyst (US)

• Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura Nauholsvegur 52

12.30 Taylor Selsback (US) 13.20 Danimal


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ARTISTS 1860

Sat, Harpa Kaldalón, 20:50

A lovely-folk rock band made to play at the end of a country jamboree, when the stars are out and the moonshine’s all drank and the square-dancing is all done.

AGENT FRESCO

Wed, Gamli Gaukurinn, 00:10 Sat, Harpa Norðurljós, 21:40

The dominating force in Icelandic art-prog-core, they’ve been showered with accolades at home and abroad for their beautiful, chaotic sounds.

ANGIST

Fri, Amsterdam, 22:30

Terrifying, ferocious and incredibly forceful black metal that will instill doom in the hearts of all who cross it, and cause all heads to thrash uncontrollably.

APPARAT ORGAN QUARTET Fri, Harpa Silfurberg, 22:10

Electro-kraut band extraordinaire made up of local legends and analog party makers, a feast for the eyes and the ears.

ÁRNI VECTOR

Wed, Faktorý Downstairs, 22:50

A player in the local electronic scene since the late ‘90s, Mr. Vector knows variety is the spice of life. From quiet and slow to loud and wild, he mixes it up and does it all.

ÁRSTÍÐIR

Thu, Iðnó, 21:40

Infused with well-blended influences of folk, classical, prog and indie, this six-piece vocal-based band is heavy on two things: harmonies and talent.

ÁSGEIR TRAUSTI

Wed, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 00:10 Sat, Harpa Norðurljós, 22:30

THE BARR BROTHERS (CA) Sat, Harpa Norðurljós, 20:50

Brothers and friends who infuse organic field recordings into folk-rock inspired by the sights of nature set against Montreal’s urban jungle.

BÁRUJÁRN

Sun, Gamli Gaukurinn, 21:00

A rag-tag band of hippie ne’er-do-wells doling out gothy surf-punk tunes from even further beyond the valley of the dolls.

BEATMAKIN TROOPA Wed, Faktorý Upstairs, 22:50

Bandmate of Jafet Melge in Stereo Hypnosis (and also his son!), this young trooper an electronic-based guitarist infused with depth and soul.

BEN FROST (AU/IS)

Fri, Iðnó, 01:00 Sat, Fríkirkjan, 20:00 (Solaris special performance)

Having recently completed a two-year mentorship with Brian Eno (famous for being bloody brilliant), Ben will no doubt be showing off some new moves in his already impressive experimental skills.

BENDAGRAM (FI)

Fri, Faktorý Upstairs, 23:20

Attempting experimental collisions in sound from Seattle to tribal Africa and routed through Finland, these pop singers have found the formula for fun.

BENEATH

Fri, Amsterdam, 00:10

A rapid firing death metal squad whose members come from such Icelandic metal greats as Sororicide, Atrum and Diabolus, and employ a drummer who could rival a rifle.

Classically trained and talent orientated, this folktronica youngster has quickly blown up as our local answer to Bon Iver. Go see what all the fuss is about.

ASONAT

Sat, Faktorý Upstairs, 20:50

A duo comprised of Ruxpin and one half of the band Plastik Joy, combining diverse electronic compositions with brilliant guest vocalists. Surprises are in store.

ATRUM

Fri, Amsterdam, 20:50

These most recent winners of the Icelandic Wacken Metal Battle play black metal as technically precise as it is intensely powerful.

BENJAMIN (FO)

Sat, Amsterdam, 20:50

He gave up the violin at age six and gave up the Faroe Islands for a tribal life. Now he plays simple and spiritual pop-rock that comes from the bottom of his heart.


BENNI HEMM HEMM Sat, Harpa Silfurberg, 21:10

After five albums and countless years of touring, this beloved bandolier has assembled his largest and loudest ensemble to date, with the intent of rocking out.

BERNDSEN

Sat, Faktorý Upstairs, 01:10

This synthpop teddy bear will flirt with you and flip you off, make you dance and maybe help you get off; you’ll definitely have a super time.

BIGGI HILMARS

Thu, Harpa Kaldalón, 23:20

One of the most sought-after pop and electronic soundtrack makers in Iceland. Being handpicked by Ridley Scott is nothing to sneeze at!

BIX

Thu, Faktorý Upstairs, 21:20

An electronica mastermind member of the local Weirdcore crew, this man-behind-the-mask made an impressive live debut at last year’s Airwaves.

BLOODGROUP

Sat, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 22:30

An electro-pop outfit that stepped out of the ramshackle houses of east Iceland and planted themselves on the shimmering stages of Reykjavík.

BLOUSE (US)

Fri, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 23:20

From art school to the bedroom to the warehouse studio, these Portland new wavers recall the dreamy wonder of obscure ‘80s indie.

BOOGIE TROUBLE

Fri, Harpa Kaldalón, 19:10 Sun, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 00:00

These fairly newcomers on the dancefloor have hustled their way into our hearts with their faithful disco revival.

BORKO

Fri, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 21:40

When he’s not touring with múm or taking his pants off with FM Belfast, this loveable songster plinks around his guitar and makes us smile.

BOY (CH/DE)

Sat, Harpa Norðurljós, 00:20

A Hamburg-based duet of upbeat, bluesy, indie rock that will set your fingers on snap and your toes on tap.

BRAIN POLICE

Sat, Gamli Gaukurinn, 00:10

If Macho Man Randy Savage was reincarnated as an Icelandic band, he would be these no-nonsense, balls-inthe-air, hard rocking slim-jims.

INSIDERS We asked a few of our favourite repeatAirwaves friends to tell us who they were excited to see at Iceland Airwaves 2K12—to name four local acts and four int’l ones that they thought worthy of their own attention, and yours! Here’s what they came up with!

By Haukur S. Magnússon

Christian Hoard

Rolling Stone Magazine On the home-grown front, I’m interested in seeing Of Monsters and Men, whose record has done well here in America; do their live shows match (or amplify) the album’s well-tended mix of grandiosity and cuteness? Reykjavík!, as I recall, have made my ears hurt in a good way at prior festivals. Then there’s Ólöf Arnalds, whom a friend of mine always raves about (I’ve always managed to miss her at previous festivals). Leaves were one of the first bands I ever interviewed for Rolling Stone, way back in 2003, and they always seemed smart and cool. But my favourite local bands at every Airwaves Fest is always some theretofore anonymous collection of passionate and/or very strange Icelanders whose slightly askew racket makes perfect sense to my fun-sizzled brain at two in the morning.

 In terms of international bands, I very much like the new album by New York art-noise gurus Swans; The Vaccines have a really good way with a pop hook; Shabazz Palaces are on a fairly unique hip-hop trip; and Django Django’s groove-centric electro-art-pop has made for one of my favourite 2012 albums.




I NSI DERS

BYPASS

Sat, Faktorý Downstairs, 22:00

They may be relative newcomers on the electronic scene, but this pair have quickly become the go-to guys for the techno parties in town.

CAPTAIN FUFANU

Fri, Faktorý Upstairs, 00:20

Árni is somewhat of a local authority on music, and thus compiled for us a list of ‘Airwaves winners’ through the years.

Playing their first gig in 2008 at age 16 left their audience astounded. Now they and their electronica have grown up to be quite sophisticated.

CATERPILLARMEN Thu, Iðnó, 22:30

Árni Matthíasson

Don’t let their fresh, young faces fool you – it doesn’t get proggier than these prog-pop mop-heads around here.

Journalist, Morgunblaðið Winners of the annual Airwaves championships: (1999 - Sigur Rós at Hangar 4) 2000 - The Flaming Lips at Laugardalshöll 2001 - Mínus at Gaukurinn 2002 - Botnleðja at Gaukurinn 2003 - TV On The Radio at Gaukurinn (tie) 2003 - Jóhann Jóhannsson at Hallgrímskirkja (tie) 2004 - Mugison at Gaukurinn (tie) 2004 - Úlpa at Gaukurinn (tie)

2005 - 200 at Grand Rokk 2006 - Hjaltalín at Þjóðleikhúskjallarinn 2007 - Buck 65 at Batterí (tie) 2007 - !!! at Nasa (tie) 2007 - Mugison (Samuel Jón Samúelsson: “That was like being raped by a rhino.”) (tie) 2008 - Retro Stefson / FM Belfast at Nasa (joint winners) 2009 - Egill Sæbjörnsson at Iðnó (tie) 2009 - Ghostigital at Batteríið (tie) 2010 - Efterklang at Listasafnið (tie) 2010 - Dominique Young Unique at Faktorý (tie) 2011 - Björk at Hörpu (three way tie) 2011 - K-X-P at Gaukurinn (three way tie) 2011 - Liturgy at Amsterdam (three way tie)

The Heavy Experience is a drone experience like no other. Slower than an advancing glacier and more insistent—give me moraine or give me death! Just released the brilliant album ‘Slowscope’ destined to grace year-end lists of discerning newspapers. One of my favourite bands though the years has been Strigaskór Nr. 42, pioneers of the Icelandic death metal scene twenty years ago and still relevant—relevant revenants anyone? We tend to think of Nico Muhly as: a) A genius, and b) Icelandic. The latter might not be wholly true but the first statement is true in more ways than one. It will be interesting to see and experience Nico as his short perfor-

CELESTINE

Fri, Amsterdam, 01:10

One of the hardest working hardcore bands in the country, and the former band of Ólafur Arnalds, these badass bros keep their friends the tightest.

CERCUEIL (FR)

Fri, Harpa Norðurljós, 20:50

The coldest darkwave to emerge from France since Die Form, this gloomy duo are right out of the grave and onto the dance floor.

CHEEK MOUNTAIN THIEF (UK/ IS) Thu, Iðnó, 20:50

Experimental prog folk created in the isolated bliss of Húsavík with a live show that fits in more guests than a tiny car does clowns.

CONTALGEN FUNERAL Thu, Iðnó, 20:00

Whisky-sloshing, word slurring, gravel-toned tavern blues for those with a predilection towards folk tales about the devil and Tom Waits.

CROISZTANS

Sat, Amsterdam, 01:10

If you are ever in a remote, possibly fictional country in Eastern Europe and get a chance to see a drunken hick fight, it will be something like this: a wild treat.


DANÍEL BJARNASON

Fri, Iðnó, 20:00 Sat, Fríkirkjan, 20:00 (Solaris special performance)

From conducting to composition, this classical avant-gardist’s work transcends the canon and his contemporaries alike.

DAUGHTER (UK) Sat, Fríkirkjan, 21:30

Following in the haunting footsteps of Bat For Lashes, this Londoner keeps her heart on her sleeve and pours her sadness into her mystical songs.

DIIV (US)

Sat, Iðnó, 00:20

Z. Cole Smith and his Brooklynite buddies trip the fuck out and crank up the reverb in this instrumental driven, psychedelic post-punk band.

DIKTA

Thu, Harpa Silfurberg, 22:10

A passionate and well-respected rock band for the past decade, they just released their fourth album and won their second Icelandic Music Award for Peoples’ Choice.

DIMMA

Sat, Gamli Gaukurinn, 20:50

From the ashes of a band that was banned in South Korea for “immorality,” this highly conceptual hard rock band emerged to make powerhouse metal operas.

DIRTY PROJECTORS (US) Sat, Reykjavík Art Museum, 00:00

One of the most unwaveringly experimental bands in the world, beloved by David Byrne, Björk and Beyoncé’s little sister Solange.

DJ ANDRE

Wed, Faktorý Upstairs, 22:10

When he’s not hosting his popular radio show on X-ið or taking care of business at the Extreme Chill festival, he’s making his own smooth, spaced-out, tropical dub.

DJANGO DJANGO (SCO) Sat, Harpa Silfurberg, 00:00

A dance-heavy band that fuses the jangly pop styles of their countrymen Dogs Die In Hot Cars with the trippy innocence of the Beach Boys.

DOLDRUMS (CA) Thu, Iðnó, 00:20

Androgynous, hyperactive, delirious and multifaceted. Doldrums is from neither here nor there and only inhabits his favourite space—the internet.

mance at Airwaves six years ago was memorable. Bands that you never ever miss when they play Airwaves are HAM, Sigur Rós and FM Belfast so I’ll definitely be there. I’ll also try to catch Good Moon Deer, Enkídú, Halleluwah, Borko and Þórir Georg and about ten to twenty other Icelandic bands and artists. Primarily I look forward to the Icelandic bands, but there are several foreign bands that look interesting. The first album from Shabazz Palaces, ‘Black Up,’ was one of the most interesting records I hear last year, a heady mix of free-form jazz, hip-hop and experimental soundscapes. Hopefully they can capture the magic and mystery in a live set. The best way to describe Nelson Can is “Girls With Attitude,” and attitude they have in spades. I know from experience that they are an excellent live band with primitive jungle rock and surreal lyrics. One of my favourite Finnish bands was Joensuu 1685, and as Siinai evolved from Joensuu 1685 they are bound to be good. Don’t forget their excellent album with Spencer Krug / Moonface, ‘Heartbreaking Bravery.’ Surprise. ‘Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam’ by Ghostpoet was the perfect soundtrack for the slow motion collapse of the UK economy over the last year and a half, stumbling incoherent, displaced and discouraged: “Round and round we go, where’s it gonna stop? I ain’t been paid and I ain’t got a lot. It’s us against whatever babe... us against whatever.” Diiv is a band I know very little about, but I really liked their album ‘Oshin’ so I would like to see how they sound live. My prediction: Malian indie guitar orgy. The off-venue programme is also something to watch out for; sometimes it is even more fun than the official program, and it’s free!


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DR. SPOCK

Sat, Gamli Gaukurinn, 23:20

Flipping the biggest proverbial bird to the modern Icelandic rock crowd, this uncontrollable, outrageous band have their tongues firmly planted in cheek.

DREAM CENTRAL STATION Fri, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 02:10

Blackest of black clothing, sunglasses at night, happy when it rains and only smile when you’re dead. Serious rock for the ultra cool.

THE ECHO VAMPER (DK) Thu, Gamli Gaukurinn, 21:40

Teenage Jesus is dead and the Jerks have retired, making room this raspy vamp with a shredding wail to take the reins of gothic psycho-punk.

THE ECLECTIC MONIKER (DK) Fri, Harpa Kaldalón, 00:10

Drying up the cold Danish rain with warm winds and delightful Afro-beats, a seven-piece band that are contributing to global warming.

ELDAR

Thu, Harpa Kaldalón, 20:50

From the unlikely lovechild of members of Valdimar and Lifun, this sweet, folky pop band has grown into a six-piece that puts on a super-emo live show.

EMMSJÉ GAUTI

Thu, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 20:40 Sat, Faktorý Upstairs, 03:00

A player in the hip hop community for ten years and still only 22, it’s no wonder this MC is all about the swag.

ENDLESS DARK

Fri, Gamli Gaukurinn, 01:10

Because every generation needs teen-angst metal played by a bunch of hotties, this band is great to get the rage out to or just get a crush on.

ENKÍDÚ

Wed, Faktorý Downstairs, 21:40

Hell bent on keeping up anonymity behind a mask, this dude frenetically mixes disco, pop and funk into a space-jam party.

EPIC RAIN

Sat, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 20:50

An Icelandic answer to Buck 65, this act combines hip hop vocals with vaudevillian blues, Danny Elfman lullabies and cabaret folk.

EWERT AND THE TWO DRAGONS (EE) Thu, Harpa Kaldalón, 00:10

Nothing wrong with folk tales recited start to end over a fine blend of Americana tunes and traditional Baltic instruments.

EXITMUSIC (US)

Fri, Harpa Norðurljós, 23:20

Whether in quiet suspense or powerful surges, this dark and brooding duo is out to give their audience a physical reaction.

ELEKTRO GUZZI (AT)

Fri, Faktorý Upstairs, 01:10 Sat, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 01:20

Using standard rock instruments in unlikely ways is the M.O. for this highly technical and forceful techno band, making it no wonder that they’re standard players at the Sónar and Mutek festivals.

ELÍN EY

Wed, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 20:50 Sun, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 22:00

Queen of the blues and killer of ladies, Miss Ey sticks to the 12-bar basics with grace, conviction and ferocious sincerity.

ELIZA NEWMAN

Thu, Harpa Kaldalón, 21:40

The former frontwoman of the band Kolrassa Krókríðandi (also known as Bellatrix) and a key figure in the Trúbatrix movement has just released her latest adorable album. In two languages, to boot.

FM BELFAST

Wed, Iðnó, 00:10 Fri, Harpa Silfurberg, 01:00

After skipping last year’s festival, Iceland’s favourite undergarment exposing electro-pop bunch are back as strong as ever, with their new hit singles promising a great album on the way!

FOR A MINOR REFLECTION Fri, Harpa Norðurljós, 22:30

The post-rock revival lives strong in this band of guitarsoarers whose guitarist moonlights as a touring member of Sigur Rós. Grandiose and gripping.

THE FOREIGN RESORT (DK) Thu, Amsterdam, 22:30

Full of the new wave melancholy of The Cure and Echo & the Bunnymen filtered through a wall of sound, they will imprint themselves in your ears and your emotions.


FRIENDS (US)

Sat, Reykjavík Art Museum, 23:00

Seductive, percussive pop music that embodies the sexy summer streets of NYC and the personal empowerment of Rookie Mag.

INSIDERS

FU KAISHA

Thu, Faktorý Upstairs, 20:00

This synthesizer addict has an affinity for Ritalin-heads, funky octogenarians, cyborgs and candy-bar hoppers. Grab some Pixie Stix and bounce.

FUNK THAT SHIT!

Wed, Amsterdam, 20:50

These guys as so funking funky it’s not even funking funny! If you want your mind blown by some technical prowess, don’t miss that shit!

FUTUREGRAPHER

Thu, Faktorý Upstairs, 00:20

A one-man forcefield, making next level acid house that will be raised even higher with the live help of radical political poet Guðjón Heiðar on vocals.

GABRÍEL (W. SPECIAL GUESTS) Wed, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 21:40

This hip hop beatmaker keeps his face concealed behind a crocheted veil while a slew of local greats take on the vocals. Who will they be?

GANG RELATED

Thu, Amsterdam, 21:40

They might sound like a bunch of sweet-sounding rockers at first, but don’t be fooled—they’re just out to break your heart in song-form.

GEIR HELGI

Fri, Faktorý Downstairs, 21:00

Stepping aside from his skweee title of Rabbi Bananas for a minute to make some smooth electronica that he personally calls Nü R&B. It might just catch on.

GHOST TOWN JENNY (US) Thu, Harpa Kaldalón, 19:10

Possessing an effortless and ethereal howl and remarkable instrumental arrangements, each song is like its own contained fairy tale.

GHOSTIGITAL

Sat, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 21:40

As unconventional and disjointed as music can possibly get, this project by Einar Örn and Curver can be polarizing, but it always gets a reaction.

GHOSTPOET (UK)

Sat, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 23:20

Minimalist, ethereal hip hop driven by Obaro Ejimiwe’s heritage and subconscious, given the stamp of approval from The Streets’ Mike Skinner.

Kamilla Ingibergsdóttir

Iceland Airwaves PR / Marketing Manager Ólöf Arnalds: With her captivating stage presence and delicate songs she just melts my ice cold heart! Plus, she’s done a duet with Björk, which gives her a gazillion awesome-points. Captain Fufanu: These young men never disappoint with their live set. Sweaty, sexy, deep and ball-busting electronic mania. Join us underground. HAM: Despite the name, HAM are no hams. Some say they’re the great gods of Icelandic rock. I tend to agree. Mr. Silla: Silla (of múm) fronts this super-group with members from amiina, Seabear, Sin Fang, Borko, kimono and god knows how many more. Silla’s voice, oh Silla’s voice, oh Silla’s voice. Half Moon Run: This band gave one of the best live shows I’ve seen this year. I shall of course be there to see if they can top themselves. I actually think they can. Moonface with Siinai: The marriage of Spencer Krug and Finnish kraut band Siinai. For my ears it’s a match made in heaven. Daughter: I’ve only seen Daughter perform in a church. I’ll continue that tradition and see this delicate show in a church in Reykjavík during Iceland Airwaves. It will be sublime. Elektro Guzzi: Techno party with only a guitar, bass and drums. This NEEDS to be seen.


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I NSI DERS Sindri Már Sigfússon Seabear/Sin Fang

Dirty Projectors: I heard ‘Rise Above’ some years ago and I’ve really liked this band since then. I Break Horses: I haven’t heard that much from them, but I like what I’ve heard. And they’re Swedish, which is always a plus. Kwes: I have no idea what this band is, but I liked the couple of songs I’ve heard, so it could be fun to check out... Swans: I haven’t listened to them much, but I have some friends that are obsessed, so they would be fun to see. Sóley: I’m probably not going to be there, as I’ve seen her a million times (sorry Sóley!), but her live show is amazing and beautiful. FM Belfast: The most fun live band in Iceland. Sigur Rós: This is some new and exciting band that I don’t know much about. Ojba Rasta The best reggae dub band in Iceland.

GÍSLI PÁLMI

Thu, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 22:10

A notorious figure in Icelandic rap and dubstep who has recently cleaned up his act and is living life on the straight and narrow.

GLUTEUS MAXIMUS Fri, Faktorý Upstairs, 02:10

Appropriately named for the muscles that this music will get moving, DJ Margeir and GusGus’ own President Bongo shall leave no booty unshaken.

GONE POSTAL

Fri, Amsterdam, 02:00

Dark, stoic and hateful, this blackened-death metal band have won their way to Wacken and still hold their own at home

GOOD MOON DEER Fri, Faktorý Upstairs, 20:50

An electro-pop two-piece best set as a soundtrack to visuals—fashion, art, dance, what have you. Perhaps the music to check out peoples’ outfits to.

GP!

Wed, Harpa Kaldalón, 21:40

These instrumental rockers have cherry picked elements of pop music from the ‘60s until today, seamlessly blending them into innovative, fun tunes.

GUÐRIÐ HANSDÓTTIR (FO) Sat, Harpa Kaldalón, 20:00

A folksy Faroese gal now living in Iceland with sea salt running as thickly in her blood as in her songs.

GUSGUS

Sat, Harpa Silfurberg, 01:00

One of Iceland’s most enduring bands, who defined much of the local electronic scene. Their Airwaves shows have become hard-to-get-into spectacles of delight

HAIM (US)

Thu, Gamli Gaukurinn, 00:10

Not named after the late ‘80s teen idol, these LA sisters and drummer friend embody that hazy, funky west coast sound perfect for bumping-and-grinding.

HALF MOON RUN (CA) Fri, Harpa Silfurberg, 23:00

This folksy electro-pop trio overcame personal and financial setbacks and channelled their passion back into their songwriting.


HALLELUWAH

Thu, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 21:20

English-language rap over proto-2004 post-punk from two members of Quarashi, resulting in something perfect for an iPod ad.

HAM

Thu, Harpa Norðurljós, 22:30

Locally legendary, this is grime-dripping hard rock from a bunch of fogies who have been through some shit and now run the city government.

HANNE KOLSTØ (NO) Thu, Harpa Kaldalón, 22:30

A powerhouse singer who lays her sultry, androgynous pipes over dark, low-key new wave that uses any instrument lying around.

HAZAR

Fri, Faktorý Downstairs, 01:00

A super-hyper techno-pop man who has one simple goal: get a party started with party people and party music and party all night long. Party.

THE HEAVY EXPERIENCE Thu, Harpa Norðurljós, 20:00

‘Heavy’ as in gut-wrenching and ‘experience’ as in talented-as-fuck this jazz-core experimental band are a total psychic trip.

HEAVY MEDICAL (US) Fri, Amsterdam, 21:40

It might always be sunny in Philly, but these two local distortion punks are keeping it noisy, too.

HEFLARNIR

Wed, Amsterdam, 22:30

The ultimate Icelandic dad-rock straight out of bad-ass Akureyri town, ripe with ‘50s party slang and some smooth synth grooves.

HELLVAR

Wed, Gamli Gaukurinn, 22:30 Sun, Amsterdam, 23:00

Like a musical chameleon, this versatile pop-punk band seem able to adapt to any environment and keep the crowd happy.

HERMIGERVILL

Fri, Faktorý Upstairs, 21:40 Sat, Faktorý Downstairs, 03:00 (DJ SET)

Turning hymns and new wave hits into 8-bit, playing guess-who games on stage and getting bodies moving. A one-man band extraordinaire.

HIGHASAKITE (NO)

Wed, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 22:30

Drawing inspiration from famous children’s literature and fellow Scandinavian Lykke Li, this indie-pop is innocent and gripping at once.

HINIR GUÐDÓMLEGU NEANDERDALSMENN Wed, Amsterdam, 21:40

Cheekily calling themselves ‘Neanderthals’, this selfadmitted senior’s band will keep on rocking forever, and ever, and ever…

HJÁLMAR & JIMI TENOR (IS/FI) Fri, Harpa Silfurberg, 00:00

Two artists that stand alone in their own right. Hjálmar led the rise of reggae in Iceland and Mr. Tenor, well, he’s just in a league of his own.

HLJÓMSVEITIN ÉG

Sun, Gamli Gaukurinn, 22:00

Guitar-based and raspy voiced, the kind of good ol’ rock that takes a page from The Beatles’ later albums and the Haight-Ashbury scene.

HOLLOW VEINS

Wed, Amsterdam, 23:20

A pair of expats (one Irish, one American) who share a proclivity for making grinding, noisy wails of experimental, extra-sensory madness.

HOUSEKELL

Sat, Faktorý Downstairs, 00:00

Veteran party-maker in Reykjavík’s club scene, he just won the Movida Corona DJ contest. He’s off to Stockholm after Airwaves to try for the world title.

HUDSON WAYNE

Fri, Harpa Kaldalón, 20:50

Kicking around for the past decade, this moonshiney alt. country band has seen many changes but never let the bastards grind them down.

I BREAK HORSES (SE) Sat, Iðnó, 23:20

Droning, noisy shoegaze created over three years by this Stockholm duo in a painstaking process of destroy-builddestroy. The results were worth the wait.


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INTRO BEATS

Thu, Faktorý Downstairs, 21:40

When he’s not making beats for his hip hop crew Forgotten Lores or other Reykjavík rappers, Intro Beats tones it way down with soulful electronica that’s surprisingly bouncy.

KIRIYAMA FAMILY

Wed, Harpa Silfurberg, 20:50 Fri, Harpa Silfurberg, 21:20

The spirit of the late ‘70s is alive in this synth-rock band that would make Toto, Boston and Supertramp way proud.

JACK MAGNET QUINTET Wed, Harpa Kaldalón, 23:20

The smooth jazztronica project of Reykjavík cult figure and former Stuðmenn member Jakob Frímann Magnússon.

JAFET MELGE

Wed, Faktorý Upstairs, 20:10

With electricity pumping through his veins since his teen years, this former sonic-terrorist now makes atmospheric, hypnotherapeutic soundscapes.

JAMIE N COMMONS (UK) Thu, Harpa Silfurberg, 21:20

Sharing his name with one of his closest sonic contemporaries – Jamie Lidell – this young man has the voice and soul of one twice his age.

JAPANESE SUPER SHIFT AND THE FUTURE BAND Fri, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 20:00

These indie rockers take their cues from the great legacy of ‘90s alterna-emo bands in content and sound.

JESUSLESFILLES (CA) Sat, Gamli Gaukurinn, 22:30

A francophone answer to the mid-noughties post-punk revival with battling boy-girl vocals. Music to act too cool for school or to freak out to.

JÓN ÞÓR

Sun, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 21:00

This quirky gent is a former member of Dynamo Fog and Lada Sport, now making carefree, jangly Scando-pop.

JUST ANOTHER SNAKE CULT Fri, Gamli Gaukurinn, 20:00

Keeping the psychotropic spirit of ‘60s pop alive, this solo-project turned live-band just might have a little too much to dream every night

KIRA KIRA

Sat, Harpa Kaldalón, 21:40

The woman behind the moniker has been mega-busy. She lent her experimental senses to direct the documentary Grandma Lo-Fi and just released her third album in May.

KOOL THING (DE)

Fri, Gamli Gaukurinn, 21:40

One from Sydney, one from Dublin, met in Paris and recorded in Berlin. Their wanderlust has resulted in doomy, delay-heavy experimental rock.

KWES (UK)

Sat, Reykjavík Art Museum, 21:00

Having worked with a slew of hot buzz indie bands, this Londoner has emerged as a songwriter striking a pleasant similarity to TV On The Radio.

LANGI SELI OG SKUGGARNIR Fri, Harpa Kaldalón, 21:40

Kicking around since the late ‘80s, these rockabilly cool cats throwback to when rock’n’roll just hit Iceland courtesy of Uncle Sam.

LÁRA RÚNARS

Thu, Harpa Silfurberg, 20:30

Taking it down a notch from her early work of hypercheerful pop, Lára’s newest songs are the most introspective and seriously crafted she’s made to date.

LAY LOW

Fri, Fríkirkjan, 20:30

From viral internet sensation to rocking band member to serious solo artist, Lay Low has grown up fast and changed a lot but still keeps things nice and relaxed.

LEAVES

Thu, Gamli Gaukurinn, 20:50

Although they’ve been around and received good attention since 2001, this powerful indie band is only just finishing their fourth album, due out any day.

LEGEND

Wed, Gamli Gaukurinn, 23:20 Sat, Faktorý Upstairs, 22:30

Highly conceptual, referential and danceable, this new-darkwave duo have the big ones it takes to back up their name.


LOCKERBIE

Wed, Gamli Gaukurinn, 21:40

Influenced by distinctly Icelandic post-rock (you know who!) and blended with basic pop-rock to create something both ambient and accessible.

LOVE & FOG

Thu, Amsterdam, 20:50

With ‘80s new wave pop back in full force, these former Dynamo Fog members make a solid addition reminiscent of Tears For Fears and upbeat Depeche Mode.

LOVE DEMONS

Wed, Gamli Gaukurinn, 20:00

Cold, dark post-punk with Iceland’s best ever Andrew Eldritch impersonator. One could even dare to say they are goth rock.

LOW ROAR (IS/US)

Fri, Harpa Kaldalón, 20:00

For every homesick person and over-wandered soul, this man sings the ballads of the struggling expat set to brooding electro-acoustic melodies.

M-BAND

Wed, Faktorý Upstairs, 19:30

Although his gear and basic tracks are the same, this live mixing electronic artist never performs the same set twice… at least not on purpose.

MAGNÚS LEIFUR

Wed, Harpa Kaldalón, 20:50

The former singer of Úlpa has been making his first solo album and has a bad case of cabin fever from it! He will emerge briefly to perform with friends.

MAMMÚT

Wed, Harpa Silfurberg, 22:30 Fri, Reykjavík Art Museum, 23:00

Having grown up from their wild, frantic roar of youth, this indispensable rock band have slowed down and chilled out, but kept the fire lit in their oven.

ME AND MY DRUMMER (DE) Fri, Harpa Silfurberg, 20:30

Having met in the enigmatic world of the theatre, they translated their passions into a secret musical language to match their dreams.

MIKAEL LIND

Wed, Faktorý Downstairs, 20:50

Living in Iceland since 2006, this Swedish experimentalist has two albums under his belt and a live show that takes on unique forms each time.

INSIDERS Hildur Maral Hamíðsdóttir Bedroom Community PR

Boogie Trouble: I haven’t had the opportunity to see them yet, and am thus really looking forward to catching their Airwaves show. New Icelandic disco music could well fail, but this doesn’t—these are clever kids. ‘Gin & greip’ is also a really fresh song. Sigur Rós: A Sigur Rós concert is always a majestic experience, and it will be fun to see the band in good gear after these past months of touring and playing new material. Mr. Silla: One of the most promising bands of the country. I haven’t seen them for ages, but back when I did they were an incredible surprise. I am very excited. Tilbury: A new band and one of the few Icelandic ones I’ve yet to see perform. I imagine seeing them play will be an educational experience. SWANS: I’ve been to all sorts of noise and hardcore shows, but I think Swans take the cake when it comes to loud concerts. One of the best, if not THE best band I’ve seen in concert, and without a doubt what I’m most excited for at Airwaves 2012. Daughter: I have a strong suspicion that their show will be packed to the rafters, but I will still try to witness Daughter and possibly swoon a little. The Dirty Projectors: Of course! Doldrums: According to Airwaves-Grímur, this is some sort of brilliant brilliance. I dare not go against his word, and will thus check out Doldrums.


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I NSI DERS

MO KENNEY (CA) Sat, Iðnó, 20:50

A fast finger-picking folkster who was inspired to pick up the guitar by hearing Elliot Smith in a Wes Anderson film. She’s been reeling in praise ever since.

MOMENTUM

Sat, Gamli Gaukurinn, 02:00 Sun, Amsterdam, 00:00

Doug Levy Flavorpill

The Icelandic acts I’m most excited to see this year are Samaris, Sóley, Of Monsters and Men, and Sigur Rós. The first three all performed last year, as well, which was my first time at the festival. I hadn’t heard of Sóley yet at that point, so I didn’t realise how popular she was locally. I wasn’t able to get into her performance because I arrived too late and it was full, so this year will be my first time seeing her live. She’s also going to be touring in the US with Of Monsters and Men, so it will be great to catch her before too many people find out about her over here. I saw Of Monsters and Men for the first time in Iceland at Airwaves in 2011, and it’s amazing how big they’ve gotten internationally since then. I walked into NASA toward the end of their set last year on my first night in Reykjavik, and it was obvious right away that they were going to be huge. I only caught two songs then, but it was enough for me to be won over and to see how easily they would conquer the world. It will be great to see them again a year later, back where it all started.

Like a fire-breathing, redbearded dragon soaring through the sky, this bowel-shattering metal band will delight and terrify.

MONOTOWN

Fri, Harpa Norðurljós, 20:00

Although their upcoming record will be their first, they got Grammy winner Michael H. Bauer to produce their western blues sound.

MOONFACE WITH SIINAI (CA/FI)

Fri, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 00:20

Yet another band of that most mega prolific indie Montrealer Spencer Krug, teaming up with the Finnish band he recorded with.

MORÐINGJARNIR Sat, Amsterdam, 00:10

These avuncular, hirsute fellows craft a fine blend of fastpaced punk rock and off-the-cuff Icelandic humour. Have some chuckles with your moshing!

MORNING AFTER YOUTH Thu, Gamli Gaukurinn, 20:00

Highly emotional rock with big booming vocals over melodic guitars. Newcomers on the scene that are quickly gaining a following.

I discovered Samaris last year too, and really loved what they were doing. Since they’re all so young it seemed like they would only get better over time, and I’m betting that after a year they’ll be doing even cooler things than before. I’ve been looking forward to a full album from them for a while, and I can’t wait to hear what they’ve been working on since the last time I saw them. As for Sigur Rós, I don’t think I need to explain that one. This will actually be my third time seeing them this year alone, but seeing them play on their home territory is bound to be a really special experience. As for international acts, my top picks would be Purity Ring, Exitmusic, Philco Fiction, and Django Django.

MOSS (NL)

Fri, Gamli Gaukurinn, 22:30

Cheerful, clap-along indie rock that has gained praise in their homeland that is now spreading through Europe. First they took Paris, now they’ll take Reykjavík.


MR. SILLA

Sat, Harpa Kaldalón, 00:20

One should never go to a party without a six-pack, and this six-pack of friends are a party unto themselves with members from every awesome band in town.

MUCK

Thu, Amsterdam, 00:10 Sat, Gamli Gaukurinn, 20:00

The most active and advanced hardcore band on the scene—of legal age at least! Face-shredding, no holds barred fury that always delivers an incredible experience.

MY BUBBA & MI Sat, Iðnó, 20:00

Country-fried lullaby pop by a couple of cuties armed with old-timey folk instruments, keeping things sweet and simple.

MYRKÁ

Sat, Amsterdam, 20:00

Folk-tinged goth rock with a touch of romance made for modern day ballrooms and midnight picnics in the graveyard.

MYRRA RÓS

Wed, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 20:00

A ripened troubadouress and one of the orchestrators of the local edition of Melodica, her acoustic stylings are all soul and no nonsense.

NELSON CAN (DK)

Fri, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 20:50

Denmark’s answer to the Vivian Girls, these funky Riot Grrls are all grit and sass and no nonsense.

NICO MUHLY (US) Fri, Iðnó, 23:00

This young man possesses more talent in his right pinkie than the entire province of New Brunswick. Hence why he collaborates with the likes of Phillip Glass and Antony Hegarty.

NOISE

Thu, Amsterdam, 23:20

On the cusp of releasing their fourth full-length album, these hard grunge-rockers are making their most wellcrafted and anthemic songs to date.

NOLO

Fri, Reykjavík Art Museum, 20:00

This two-piece act defies the rest of the local lo-fi movement by soaking themselves in the ‘80s New Romantic sound and touches of Kraut influence.

I’ve seen the first two a few times each, and they’re both phenomenal live. Purity Ring were one of the big buzz acts at CMJ last year, so there were a lot of people looking forward to their album, and it didn’t disappoint. They translate it really well live too, and they use some really creative electronic instrumentation (some of which is homemade), so they’re definitely worth catching. Exitmusic, meanwhile, have a sound that is absolutely huge. Their music is so dark and evocative, and when they play live it just washes right over you, like swimming in a sonic ocean in the middle of a storm. Plus, Aleksa’s vocals are just amazing—somewhere between a croon and a wail, and completely wracked with emotion. Philco Fiction I found through NME’s list of bands to watch out for this year (I listened to all 100 of them!), so I’ve been keeping an eye on them for a while. I’ve always been a fan of moody Scandinavian pop, and these guys are really good at it. Looking forward to seeing how it translates live. And Django Django are up for the Mercury Prize this year, so clearly there are a lot of eyes on them. I really liked the Beta Band back in the day, and the music these guys are making is very much in that tradition. I expect their show will be as kooky as their record. At least, I hope it will be!


I NSI DERS Jan Sneum

Danmarks Radio I want to go for things that I don’t know. I want to be taken by surprise. I want to be passionate and enthusiastic seeing and listening to music, artists, expression that was not aware of excited…..like when I first heard Pétur Ben at Rás 2 or Agent Fresco at Airwaves years ago and was totally overwhelmed by the energy, the musicianship and the will to communicate with us—the audience... So: This is my number one request for a GOOD AIRWAVES….and it will happen. Again... I’m absolutely sure... Besides I’m especially looking forward seeing Icelandic artists like: Mr. Silla: Great in a simple acoustic set-up with the ukulele as well as in a band setting... excellent in cooperating with a drummer like Sigtryggur Baldursson... I’m sure I’ll love the set in any format Mr. Silla can work out... Hjálmar & Jimi Tenor: What a mix. Iceland and Finland meets somewhere in space above Jamaica and New York—or even further away from solid ground. This can go anywhere—even to Siberia...I just have to be on board... Valdimar: A singer songwriter with a trombone. It sounds like a joke, but it’s certainly not. A great songwriter from the Liverpool of Iceland. I have only heard his first album. Top songs. Played quite a few on air at “Sneum’s Garage” back in Denmark... Sigur Rós: I just have to be there. IF I can get I ticket. I have not seen that band—all together—for a long time. And certainly not live. Last time we met was in Copenhagen when the band were on tour with the ‘Heima’ movie. The sound was far too loud and I was a terrible “toast-master.” So: Now I just have to be at the hall as a happy, hungry concert lover… Ewert and the Two Dragons: If you are good. If you write good songs. If you can perform in an original way you can reach far—even if you come from a small country. Even if you are working in the framework of solid “Americana.”

NÓRA

Wed, Harpa Kaldalón, 22:30

Synth-focused indie rock with the charming highlight of siblings Egill and Auður’s duelling vocal harmonies. Their second album will be hitting the shelves soon.

NOVA HEART (CN)

Thu, Gamli Gaukurinn, 23:20

From a clash of multi-cultures comes this mutli-faceted project of sensuous, psychedelic synth-pop led by the woman known as Beijng’s Queen of Rock.

NUKE DUKEM

Fri, Faktorý Downstairs, 23:00

These self-proclaimed local remix masters will be switching up their live antics of sitting in a car to getting their asses on stage for once.

OCULUS

Thu, Faktorý Downstairs, 23:30 Fri, Faktorý Upstairs, 03:00

A mesmerising house DJ with years of experience and 13 albums to his name, this local fixture puts as much into his performances as he puts in his mixes.

OF MONSTERS AND MEN Thu, Harpa Silfurberg, 00:10

From Iceland’s Battle of the Bands to the MTV Awards, these indie-folksters have taken the world by storm and aren’t stopping any time soon.

OJBA RASTA

Wed, Harpa Silfurberg, 21:40 Sat, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 00:20

You guys up for some reggae tonight? This super-huge old-school dub group is pure, warm, laid back rhythms to make you forget what island you’re on.

ÓLAFUR ARNALDS

Fri, Harpa Norðurljós, 21:40

Ultra prolific and world renowned, Ólafur Arnalds breaks from trotting his magnificent neo-classical piano tunes around the world for a hometown show.

ÓLÖF ARNALDS Sat, Iðnó, 22:30

Recognised as one of the most unique and exceptional song-writers in the country, this multi-instrumentalist’s gifts are enigmatic to say the least.

OYAMA

Thu, Amsterdam, 20:00

Why just stand there when you can cross your arms and stare at the floor? Why listen to Ride or Belly when you can go see the new shoegazers on the block?


PASCAL PINON Wed, Iðnó, 20:50

Twins working their connection on the twee-est of all levels, this duo are the reigning sisters of sweet, the last serving of krútt on the menu. Call them just desserts.

This great group from Estonia do have things in common with Icelandic heroes Of Monsters and Men. BOY: I have only seen this duo doing a few acoustic songs on a boat in Hamburg. Now it’s my turn to see what they can do as a “real” live act. Some of the songs written by the duo are very hard to forget. Very catchy and melodic. Elektro Guzzi: It’s hard to believe…but what you hear is what they play. These guys from Austria are able to use the “standard” rock set-up in a way that makes us believe it’s digital made new electronic rock. Not with the purpose of impress us with a big “show off.” They do good music in an original way. As “simple” as that…

PASSWORDS (CA) Thu, Iðnó, 23:20

Much like their fellow Montrealers Wolf Parade, this is lo-fi bedroom recorded indie rock with howling wails. Or maybe they’re just slowly shouting the password…

PATRICK WOLF (ACOUSTIC) (UK) Fri, Fríkirkjan, 21:30

A British prodigy of classically trained experimental-pop, with a collaboration roster that makes art-nerds weep. Promising to be a unique experience.

PAUL CORLEY (US) Fri, Iðnó, 20:40

One doesn’t need to look further for ambient music cred than this man, who’s mingled with Tim Hecker, Valgeir Sigurðsson and soundtracked Sofi Oksanen’s ‘Purge’.

PEDRO PILATUS

Sat, Faktorý Downstairs, 01:30

When he’s not rocking a bass in Retro Stefson, this UK house hunk holds a resident DJ spot at Faktorý and has turned tables with the likes of Skream.

PÉTUR BEN

Fri, Harpa Kaldalón, 22:30

A stand-alone singer songwriter for his unique retro-rock sound and the kind of all-around nice guy that folks like Eberg and Kippi Kanninus love to work with.

PHANTOGRAM (US)

Thu, Reykjavík Art Museum, 21:00

Maybe the band with the most Pitchfork buzz, this electronic duo played all the major summer festivals and opened for the XX and The Antlers.

PHILCO FICTION (NO) Sat, Harpa Silfurberg, 22:00

Bluesy and ambient, this emo-pop band mixes Motown horns with trip hop rhythms creating distinct, fluttering tunes.

Nelson Can: You need to support your local hero(ines). A brand new Danish trio. No guitar. Just bass, drums, vocal—and a nearly suicidal belief: YES WE CAN. Fresh, funny, arrogant. You’ll just love it. Or leave after first song. But: You just have to buy the trio’s debut-EP. Five hits right from the trash can—or the biscuit tin! My Bubba & Mi: A Swedish/Icelandic group, periodically based in Copenhagen—periodically working with a pair of Dutch twins in the Netherlands—always making music rooted in Americana from the 1940s and ‘50s. Done with love, passion and a real good sense and knowledge of style—both in lyrics, instrumentation... and in clothing. It’s not an open-air museum gone live. It’s new, it’s fresh, it’s sexy, it’s feminine—and in a beautiful old fashioned way...


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PLASTIC GODS

Sat, Gamli Gaukurinn, 21:40

Preparing for the zombie apocalypse is a little easier with this dystopic doom metal band that put on rip-roaring performances.

POLIÇA (US)

Thu, Reykjavík Art Museum, 23:00

Purified by the waters of Lake Minnetonka, this chilled-out electro-pop band emerged from the Gayngs collective to make Kanye West their fan.

PRINCE VALÍUM

Wed, Faktorý Upstairs, 21:30

Ambient and melodic electronic music inspired by old 8-bit computer game music and acoustic instrumentation.

PRINS PÓLÓ

Wed, Iðnó, 22:30 Sat, Reykjavík Art Museum, 20:00

As quirky and cutesy-buttons as they come, this local indie-pop supergroup of indie-pop is all frills and fun and paper crowns.

PURITY RING (CA)

Thu, Harpa Silfurberg, 23:10

With the frenetic Deep South hip hop beats under lush dream-pop synths and vocals, it seems fitting they released their debut album on 4AD.

PUZZLE MUTESON (UK) Fri, Iðnó, 22:10

Like his name suggests, this acoustic songster is a like a riddle. Attempts to solve have been made by Sam Amidon, Antony Hegarty and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.

QUADRUPLOS

Thu, Faktorý Upstairs, 22:00

Toning it down from their early recordings of hyperactive grimecore, this duo is taking on trippy breakbeats that still stay right on the edge.

RETRO STEFSON

Wed, Harpa Silfurberg, 00:10 Sat, Harpa Silfurberg, 23:00

One of the most notoriously fun bands in the country who blend the best of pop, rock, funk, afro-jazz and electro into a colourful, frenzied fiesta.

RETROBOT

Wed, Gamli Gaukurinn, 20:50

These electronica darlings recently conquered Iceland’s Battle of the Bands, which has launched a bunch of wellloved acts. Keep an eye on these kids.

REYKJAVÍK!

Fri, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 01:20

Freshly back from doing performance art in Japan with dancer Erna Ómarsdóttir, this will be a rare treat of a show. When in Reykjavík, do as Reykjavík! does.

RÖKKURRÓ

Sat, Harpa Norðurljós, 20:00

With their lead singer finally back from a year in Japan, this gentle, haunting and dreamy vocal post-rock band are poised for a glorious return.

RUBIK (FI)

Fri, Reykjavík Art Museum, 22:00

High octane, Prozac pop music that is heavy on the beats and tightly contained until it freaks out in your face. Toes won’t refrain from tapping.

RVK SOUNDSYSTEM

Thu, Faktorý Downstairs, 22:30

With a slight case of confused island-mentality, this reggae collective keep their minds and I and I in Jamaica.

SAM AMIDON (US) Fri, Iðnó, 00:00

Yet another highly prolific and exceptional member of the Bedroom Community family. A modern-day raconteur filtered by detuned minimalism and wit.

SAMARIS

Wed, Faktorý Upstairs, 00:10 Thu, Reykjavík Art Museum, 20:00

Blending classical instruments with laid back ‘90s electronica and hushed haunting vocals, they wrap up some serious talent with an atmospheric bow.

RANGLEKLODS (DK) Thu, Faktorý Upstairs, 22:40

Not content to just play the typical solo laptop show, this multilayered oddball pop-maker acts out on stage with vocals, instruments, knobs and moves.

SAMÚEL JÓN SAMÚELSSON BIG BAND Sat, Harpa Silfurberg, 20:20

Making good on their band name, literally, this jazz funk explosion tears out 16-minute tracks of “baaaaad” grooves, man.


SAYTAN

Fri, Gamli Gaukurinn, 20:50 Sun, Amsterdam, 22:00

A punk-rock Mexican stand-off between two aggressive guitars and a noisy synth where the drums call the shots.

SHABAZZ PALACES (US)

Thu, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 00:00

Alchemic Bedouin herders of the great American art form known as hip hop, gazing at the stars while turning the tables.

SISY EY

Fri, Faktorý Upstairs, 22:30

Sisters Elín, Elísabet and Sigríður Eyþórsdóttir moonlight from their acoustic solo acts to team up with friends Carmen and Oculus, making gorgeous vocal house music with fancy beats.

SKÁLMÖLD

Thu, Harpa Norðurljós, 20:50 Sun, Gamli Gaukurinn, 23:00

These internationally celebrated Viking-metal lords will rock the mjölnir right off your neck. Grab a ram’s horn and go for the plunder.

SKÚLI SVERRISSON Sat, Iðnó, 21:40

An experimental bass player with more collaborators to name-drop than one can catch or keep up with. Needless to say he’s earned his reputation well.

SHEARWATER (US)

Fri, Harpa Norðurljós, 00:20

Celebrated avant-garde indie composers that raise rock to new heights. They share a sound tech with Jónsi, Interpol and The National too.

SHIKO SHIKO (FR)

Fri, Harpa Kaldalón, 23:20

As if the spirit of Tony Wilson’s protégés A Certain Ratio were reborn in an ADHD afflicted French band. Jazzy post-punk that bounces off the walls.

SIGUR RÓS

Sun, Laugardalshöllin, 19:00 (ticket needed) We know we don’t have to introduce them! This is the comeback event of the year and unless you can’t help it, DON’T MISS IT!

SIINAI (FI)

Sat, Harpa Kaldalón, 23:20

Like their contemporaries and local scene friends K-X-P, these Finns put their own 21st Century take on Kraut rock with a pleasant stoner rock spin.

SIN FANG

Wed, Iðnó, 23:20 Sat, Reykjavík Art Museum, 22:00

Since truncating his band name, this guy’s been bearing his teeth and grinding our gears. And we like it.

SINDRI ELDON & THE WAYS Sat, Amsterdam, 02:00

He wishes he was a little bit taller, wishes he was a baller, he wishes he was an American ‘90s indie rocker. That would be just dandy.

SKURKEN

Thu, Faktorý Upstairs, 20:40

He doesn’t like to peg himself down to one style and experiments with diverse array of electronic styles, making him a super-active member of the local scene.

SNORRI HELGASON Wed, Harpa Kaldalón, 00:10

With the soul of Neil Young, the sweetness of Paul Simon and the bombastic flair of Harry Nilsson, a guitarist who turns acoustic music on its head.

SÓLEY

Wed, Iðnó, 21:40 Thu, Reykjavík Art Museum, 22:00

One of the busiest people in our fruitful local indie-pop world, she’s as delightful on her own as when she plays with Seabear and Sin Fang.

SÓLSTAFIR

Thu, Harpa Norðurljós, 21:40

Heavy metal old-timers still dearly beloved after many years and many changes. Their live show is one of hard, unabashed mayhem.

SOMETIME

Sat, Faktorý Upstairs, 21:40 Sun, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 23:00

Unique electro-pop music with elements of house, mainstream radio hits and a healthy dose of complete irreverence.

STAFRÆNN HÁKON Wed, Amsterdam, 00:10

This chameleonesque combo have been around for years, dabbling in doomy ambient to heavy post-rock. Their latest album is their poppiest to date.


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STEREO HYPNOSIS

Sat, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 20:00

Jafet Melge, aka cool dad Óskar, and Beatmakin Troopa, aka hip son Pan, keep their family tied by making organic experimental music. Aww!

STEVE SAMPLING

Fri, Faktorý Downstairs, 22:00

Producer extraordinaire of locals like Futuregrapher and Skurken who blends breakbeat, dubstep and hip hop beats in his own time.

STRIGASKÓR NR. 42 Sat, Gamli Gaukurinn, 01:10

Rocking garages in Kópavogur for going on twenty years, these dad-punks have gone from thrash metal to grunged out hard rock.

SUDDEN WEATHER CHANGE Thu, Gamli Gaukurinn, 22:30

A bunch of art school college pals who held the reigns in bringing the ‘90s alt-rock wave back to our shores and matured like a fine wine.

SVARTIDAUÐI

Fri, Amsterdam, 20:00

Destructive black metal that has been celebrated at Norway’s Nidrosian Black Mass and Germany’s Deathkult Open Air. Nihilist, terrorizing and grim.

SWANS (US)

Thu, Harpa Norðurljós, 23:30

Seminal experimental proto-industrial band led by the poster child of self-flagellation Michael Gira, legendary for their live antics and influential sound.

SYKUR

Wed, Harpa Silfurberg, 23:20 Sat, Faktorý Upstairs, 23:20

Already a party-favourite for the club kids, the addition of singer Agnes’ powerful pipes to this glossy electro band has put their live show over the top of crazy.

TANYA & MARLON

Thu, Faktorý Upstairs, 23:30

The coolest cousins in town that still break the rules like when they were 12; he as a fiercely unique MC and she as a co-founder of the Weirdcore crew.

TECHNICAL KIDMAN (CA) Sat, Amsterdam, 23:20

From the same scene of hyper-experimental, hallucinogenic artists like Doldrums and Suuns come these heavy dreamers with synths and torches.

THEE ATTACKS (DK)

Fri, Gamli Gaukurinn, 00:10

Restraint is not in this band’s vocabulary. These maniac, attitude-driven rockers are all about being unabashed and brazen.

THEESATISFACTION (US)

Thu, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 23:00

These spaced out Seattle hip hop femmes lay aloof, effortless vocals on psychedelic Afro-jazz and keep it cooler than cool.

THIZONE

Thu, Faktorý Downstairs, 20:50

A member of the legendary Reyk Veek collective that sneaks up on you with his unpredictable and unhinged electronic pulses.

THOR

Fri, Faktorý Downstairs, 02:30

Named Iceland’s DMC DJ Champion in 1989, this old schooler went on to work with Björk, Daníel Ágúst and Sigur Rós and can still hold his own.

THORUNN ANTONIA

Wed, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 23:20 Sat, Faktorý Upstairs, 00:20

Will the Italo-disco revival ever end? With this velvet voiced chanteuse slinking around on the radio and on stages, it sure doesn’t seem so.

TILBURY

Wed, Harpa Silfurberg, 20:00 Fri, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 22:30

As if they hopped on a moon safari and never got off, this dramatic pop band is laden will soft grace and style.

TONIK

Wed, Faktorý Upstairs, 23:30

Playing up on sonic dichotomies, this musical explorer is at once minimal and intricate, rich and stark, with a focus on the negative spaces.

TROUBLE

Wed, Faktorý Upstairs, 20:50

Using sound in complex, concrete perfomative ways that create dimension, spatial confusion and directional force. An unrivalled acousmatic musician.

TWO TICKETS TO JAPAN Sun, Amsterdam, 21:00

A rock band without clearly defined boundaries, they veer towards grunge, psychedelia and stoner rock yet never quite get there.

ÚLFUR

Wed, Harpa Kaldalón, 20:00

The artist formerly known as Klive is a one-man revolution of dreamy experi-tronica. His live shows lend well to improvising to expect the unexpected.


ÚLFUR ÚLFUR

Thu, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 20:00 Sat, Faktorý Upstairs, 02:00

Melodic hip hoppers that get crazy amounts of radio airplay and still find time to mingle around with their friends Emmsjé Gauti and Agent Fresco.

ULTRA MEGA TECHNOBANDIÐ STEFÁN Sat, Þýski Barinn/Deutsche Bar, 02:20 Sun, Gamli Gaukurinn, 00:00

Take one part Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, three parts synthesizers, one part video game controller and a dash of helium. Shake and spray all over the crowd!

ÚTIDÚR

Fri, Reykjavík Art Museum, 21:00

Going from spaghetti western rock’n’roll to full and live disco party rockers, this superband recall Jens Lekman and Surburban Kids With Biblical Names.

VACATIONER (US)

Sat, Harpa Norðurljós, 23:20

Truly well named, this nature-based psychedelia pop will carry you off to far destinations with a few notes and his smooth voice.

VIGRI

Thu, Harpa Kaldalón, 20:00

Named after a ship captained by the core members’ granddaddy, found sounds of Icelandic culture feature in this dark, Atlantic maritime rock.

THE VINTAGE CARAVAN Fri, Gamli Gaukurinn, 23:20

These dazed and confused youths are probably the best classic rock revivalists in the country right now. Long hair and leather tassels abound!

WE MADE GOD

Fri, Gamli Gaukurinn, 02:00

A permanent fixture on Airwaves’ Kerrang nights for their highly praised, intricate and atmospheric album ‘As We Sleep’.

WISTARIA

Fri, Amsterdam, 23:20

Hardcore metal dudes with attitude that comes from their guts and hormones. Their shows are all about unleashing that primal, teenage fury inside us all.

WOODPIGEON (CA) Sat, Harpa Kaldalón, 22:30

This songwriter-by-happenstance hails from the dusty city of Calgary , but his music caresses rather than stampedes.

YLJA

Wed, Harpa Kaldalón, 19:10

A quartet of slow, swaying western folk with pop sensibilities and a heavy focus on vocal harmonies.

ÆLA THE VACCINES (UK)

Fri, Reykjavík Art Museum, 00:00

A fast-paced indie rock band that keeps up with fellow UK bands the Arctic Monkeys and Maxïmo Park. Hometown nod with an Icelandic bassist!

VALDIMAR

Sat, Iðnó, 01:20

Turning from a duo to a full-fledged drama-pop band in a few short years, it’s no wonder these dedicated and skilled players have gathered up a devoted local following.

VALGEIR SIGURÐSSON Fri, Iðnó, 21:20

This magnificent Bedroom Community member composes masterpieces of modern classical that bend the mind and wrench the heart.

Sat, Amsterdam, 22:30

This grunge-punk band aren’t ashamed to model their girlfriends’ wardrobes and will scream in your face while doing so.

ÞOKA

Wed, Amsterdam, 20:00

Third-place winners of the latest Icelandic Battle of the Bands, their velvet-voiced singer took the prize for her pipes. She is accompanied by skilled, smooth, jazz.

ÞÓRIR GEORG

Sat, Amsterdam, 21:40

‘Lo-fi’ as in textured and complex and ‘indie’ as in fuckyou, this solo guitar-and-pedal slinger flips the proverbial table of the singer-songwriter paradigm.


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