Iceland Airwaves Magazine 2011

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The beginning, whaT happened and now It’s October 1999. Icelandair builds a concert stage in one of the plane hangars at Reykjavik airport. Five bands perform on a single night. Four Icelandic, one from the US. It’s a promotion for international media and agents. A wild success: Iceland Airwaves is born. Icelandair, the founding sponsor of Iceland Airwaves, wants to make a toast to some of the venues that have made the festival unique and the success it is today. Welcome to the 13th Iceland Airwaves festival. There are more than 250 bands and artists playing at 13 different venues over the course of 5 days. So fasten your seatbelts. We’re about to take off.

STarT planning for nexT year! New dates in 2012: October 31st – November 4th


Mammút at Iceland Airwaves 2010 Photo by Hvalreki

IT’S ON! Júhú! We’re back and in better shape than ever—welcome to the 13th edition of Iceland Airwaves! I don’t know about you, but I’m rather happy with life. Have you ever been to Reykjavík or to Iceland Airwaves? If not, you’re in luck, and if you’re a returning guest or even a local: you’re still in luck! Reykjavík is one hell of a town to have fun in, and during these five days of festival madness we’re taking it to the max. We have another year under our belt and Iceland Airwaves has grown a little bigger. Ólafur Elíasson has designed a brand new venue for us by the harbor. You should go and check it out—see the shows or just hang out. I will be around somewhere, just chilling as one does. So let’s have a coffee, beer or tonic. You can meet me at Vesturbæjarlaugin, Listasafnið, Bæjarins Beztu, Kolaportið, Nasa, Fríkirkjan, Laugavegur, Sundhöllin, Blue Lagoon, Faktorý, Kaffitár, Center Hotel Plaza, Tjarnarbíó, Smekkleysa, Iðnó, 12 Tónar, Eymundsson, Hressó, Gaukur á Stöng, Kex, Glaumbar or just on the street. Enjoy Iceland Airwaves 2011! Grímur Atlason, Festival Manager P.S. Save the date for Iceland Airwaves 2012. The 14th edition takes place October 31 – November 4!

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


airporT hangar 4 This Icelandair hangar at ReykjavĂ­k airport housed the first Iceland Airwaves in 1999. It was a one night show and five bands performed. The rest as they say, is history.



fr铆kirkjan A place of prayer and divine concerts. People still talk about the Sigur R贸s concert in 2000. The New York Times covered it on its front page.


Iceland Airwaves 2011 Official Merch This year Iceland Airwaves teamed up with merch veteran Sara María’s (of Naked Ape and Forynja) new label Vargur, to create some of the most kick-ass merch the festival has seen in years. Like often before the focus is on the artists, but with an other-dimensional twist. The merch is available for purchase at the Media Center, NASA, The Reykjavík Art Museum, Forynja Store on Laugavegur 12 and Smekkleysa Record Store, Laugavegur 59. You might even see some street vendors!

THE MEDIA CENTER 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 T-shirts and hook up with likeminded festival friends. This year we’ll be located at Center Hotel Plaza, Aðalstræti 4, right in the city centre—very close to the main festival venues. Center Hotel Plaza is equipped with wireless internet, too. NOTE: Please bring your midi.is email confirmation and photo ID, and we will give you your festival or media pass.

Address Hotel Plaza, Aðalstræti 4, 101 
Reykjavik

Opening hours Monday Oct 10 – Tuesday Oct 11 12:00 - 18:00 Wednesday Oct 12 - Friday Oct 14 10:00 - 22:00 Saturday Oct 15 12:00 - 18:00

The Blue Lagoon CHILL There’s no better place in the world to recover from a hard partying Friday night than the annual Iceland Airwaves Chill at the Blue Lagoon, where music and this geothermal paradise are joined in a glorious union! The event is as always hosted by the legendary DJ Margeir. It’s happening on Saturday, October 15. Price is 6.300 ISK per person—including bus trips from/to Reykjavík and admission to the Blue Lagoon. You can purchase your ticket on icelandairwaves.com, or at your local hotel/guesthouse reception. The bus departs from BSÍ Bus Terminal (Vatnsmýrarvegur 1, 101 RVK) at 12.30 and pick-ups are at hotels and guest houses 30 minutes before departure. Return buses depart from the Blue Lagoon at 15:30, so we can guarantee that you won’t miss any official events.

The event is organised by Iceland Airwaves in association with the Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik Excursions.

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Venue

(RECORDS RECORDS)

NASA

SILFURBERG

Harpa

Norðurljós (KÖLSKI)

Harpa

Kaldalón

Harpa

(GEIMSTEINN)

GAUKUR Á STÖNG

Ground floor (EXTREME CHILL)

Faktorý

(RVK SOUNDSYSTEM)

Faktorý Main

(CHING CHING BLING BLING)

Amsterdam

19:00

20:00

20.10

ELDAR

FU KAISHA

20:50

20:00

ORPHIC OXTRA 20:50

LOCKERBIE

20:00 (TICKET NEEDED)

22:00

21:40

MAMMÚT

21:40

21:40

NOLO

21:40

LIFUN

OUR LIVES

21.30

21:30

EPIC RAIN

21:40

22.50

22:30

SÓLEY

22:30

22:30

SYKUR

22:30

00:10

00.10

00:30

Valdimar

BIX

RVK SOUNDSYSTEM

23:20

AGENT FRESCO

23:20

DIKTA

23:20

00:10

OF MONSTERS AND MEN

00:10

PÉTUR BEN & EBERG

MARKÚS AND THE HELGASON DIVERSION SESSIONS SNORRI00:10

23:20

23.30

YAGYA

00:30 00:10

IKEA SATAN

OJBA RASTA 00:00

00:00

EMMSJÉ GAUTI

23:10

23:20

23:30 HLJÓMSVEITIN ÉG

AMABA DAMA

BEATMAKIN TROOPA BLAZ ROCA

22:20

BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH (UK)

22.10

23:00 22:30

PORNOPOP

PANORAMIX

22:30

KRUMMI

SPACEVESTITE

JAFET MELGE

21:30

FRIÐRIK DÓR

20:50

NÁTTFARI

20:50

20.50

KLASSART

TROUBLE

20:40

ÚLFUR ÚLFUR

20:50

21:00 SKORPULIFUR

BJÖRK BIOPHILIA PERFORMANCE

20:00

ELÍN EY

20:00

FÖNKSVEINAR

19:30

RVK SOUNDSYSTEM

19.30

20:30 20:00

THE WAY DOWN

20:00

DJ ANDRE

19:10

RAFGASHAUS

19:30

Wednesday, 12th 01:00


TJARNARBÍÓ

(BELLA UNION / STEREOGUM)

19:00

19:00

20:00

HAZAR

19:30

21:20

20:50

YLJA

20:50

MUSIK ZOO

20.50

HAUSCHKA (DE)

21:40

21.40

OURLIVES

FRIÐRIK DÓR

21:50

22:00

NATASHA FOX (US)

SKURKEN

20:20

20:50

20.50

21.10

FIG (US)

NÓRA

21:10

KARKWA (CA)

21:00

HJALTALÍN

22.00

22.30

22:10

22-PISTEPIRRKO (FI)

RETRO STEFSON 22:00

22.50

23:40

23:20

23:00

BEACH HOUSE (US)

ACTIVE CHILD (US)

23.20

SIN FANG

23:00

23:40

00:10

KREATIIVMOOTOR (EE)

00:10

SNORRI HELGASON

00:10

DOPE D.O.D. (NL)

00:00

00:10

YACHT (US)

SECRET CHIEFS 3 (US)

YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND (US)

23:20

23:20

LAY LOW

BLAZ ROCA

23:30

00:20

00:10

00:30 DEATHCRUSH (NO)

KALLI & EWOK

HELGI JÓNSSON

MI-GU (JP) CAGED ANIMALS (US) YOUNG GALAXY (CA)

21:40

21.50

MANU DELAGO HANDMADE (AT) 22:30

22:30

VALDIMAR

22:30

23:00

00:00

FUTUREGRAPHER QUADRUPLOS

23:20

23:30 FIST FOKKERS

STEREO HYPNOSIS

FORGOTTEN LORES

CONSORTIUM MUSICUM (US)

21:40

PASCAL PINON

THE VIOLET MAY (UK)

LÁRA RÚNARS 21:00

WEAPONS

THORUNN ANTONIA

20:00

BORKO

20:00

IIRIS (EE)

20:00

DREAM CENTRAL STATION

20.00

THE GHOST OF A SABER TOOTH TIGER (US)

20:00

JÓN JÓNSSON

22:30

23:00 MR. SILLA

22:20

22:30

JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON

21:40

SUBMINIMAL

21:00

PLX

21:40

22:00 BÁRUJÁRN

ICELAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS: BJARNASON, SIGURÐSSON, REICH 20:00 (OPEN FOR ALL WRISTBAND HOLDERS)

20:00

ADDA

20:00

GÍSLI PÁLMI

19:50

20:40

21:30

STEVE SAMPLING

20:50

PORQUESÍ

21:00

MUTED

YODA REMOTE 20:20

20:30 20:00

SÚR

DUSTIN O'HALLORAN (US/DE)

19:40

BYPASS

20:00

RAISED AMONG WOLVES (DK)

KIRA KIRA

19:10

THE WICKED STRANGERS

19:30

Thursday, 13th

REYKJAVÍK ART MUSEUM

NASA

IÐNÓ

Norðurljós

Harpa

Kaldalón

Harpa

ELDBORG

HARPA

GLAUMBAR

(KRONIK)

GAUKUR Á STÖNG

(FAT CAT)

Fríkirkjan

Ground floor (breakbeat.is)

Faktorý

(MÖLLER/BIOGEN TRIBUTE)

Faktorý Main

Amsterdam

Venue

01:00


20:00

20:30

21:30

MÓGIL

20:00

EINAR STRAY (NO)

Norðurljós

Kaldalón

TJARNARBÍÓ

REYKJAVÍK ART MUSEUM

(MOSHI MOSHI)

NASA

(BEDROOM COMMUNITY)

IÐNÓ

Harpa

HLJÓMSVEITIN ÉG

VIGRI

Harpa

20:00

MUKKALÓ

20:00

22:00

20:50

LJÓSVAKI

20:50

21:40

21:40

LAY LOW

21:40

KIPPI KANINUS

21:40

MUGISON

21:40

KALLI

CLIFF CLAVIN

20:50

PRINS PÓLÓ

21:00

FOR A MINOR REFLECTION

22:30

21:40

ELÍN EY

22:00

22:30

23:20

23:00

ÓLI OFUR

01:30

00:00

00:10

00:20

SUUNS (CA)

CASANOVA

00:00

02:00

02:30

23:00

23:20

LIGHTS ON THE HIGHWAY

23:30

00:30

00:00

HAM

00:30

OY (CH)

00:20

ÁRSTÍÐIR

00:20

JÓNAS SIG.

01:30

03:00

03:00

NORTH BEACH (SE)

PRESIDENT BONGO

03:00

02:30

BLOODGROUP

02:10

02:30

SEXY SCHIDT UND BJØRKE

DIMMA

TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS (UK)

01:20

ÚTIDÚR

01:20

ENDLESS DARK

01:00

NONNIMAL

01:30

02:00

KASPER BJØRKE (DK) KRISTIAN KJØLLER (DK)

01:10

tUnE-yArDs (US) CLOCK OPERA (UK)

23:30

OWEN PALLETT (CA)

23:30

23:20

JENNY HVAL (NO)

ZUN ZUN EGUI (UK)

DUNGEN (SE) MEGAS OG SENUÞJÓFARNIR

AGENT FRESCO

22:30

NIKI AND THE DOVE (SE)

22:30

01:00

TIM SWEENEY (US)

00:10

00:30

OF MONSTERS LÁRA RÚNARS AND MEN 23:20

PUZZLE MUTESON (UK)

22:30

22:30

00:00

HONNINGBARNA (NO)

LEIF VOLLEBEKK (CA)

ÓLÖF ARNALDS

22:30

WHO KNEW

23:00

OCULUS

23:00

23:20

23:30 TOUCHY MOB ZEBRA AND SNAKE JUST ANOTHER CATERPILLARMEN (DE) (FI) SNAKE CULT 02:00

KASPER BJØRKE (DK)

CYNIC GURU

22:00

DJ THOR

22:00

SEAN DANKE

22:00

22:30

23:00

HELLVAR

22:30

HUMAN WOMAN

CHEEK MOUN- YOUNG MAGIC TAIN THIEF (IS/ (US) UK) 20:50 21:40

DE STAAT (NL)

20:00

SAMARIS

20:00

ÚLFUR

20:00

20:50

20:50

Glaumbar

20:00

SVAVAR KNÚTUR

CONTALGEN FUNERAL

20:50

VICKY

21:00 (Ticket needed)

SINÉAD O'CONNOR (IE)

21:00

ORANG VOLANTE

21:00

BRYNJOLFUR (FO)

20:50

20:00

20:00

MUTED

20:00

BIX

20:00

21:00 THE DANDELION TER HAAR (DE) SEEDS 21:40

EL CAMINO

MIMAS (DK/IS) 19:10

19:10

GANG RELATED SINDRI ELDON

GAUKUR Á STÖNG

fríkirkjan

BAR

Faktorý

Ground Floor (PARTYZONE)

Faktorý

Main (Jón Jónsson)

Faktorý

AMSTERDAM

19:30

Friday, 14th

Venue 19:00


TJARNARBÍÓ

REYKJAVÍK ART MUSEUM

(CLASH MAGAZINE)

NASA

(FAT CAT)

Iðnó

kaldalón (KEXP)

harpa

norðurljós (BELLA UNION)

harpa

glaumbar

(FILTER MAGAZINE)

GAUKUR Á STÖNG

BAR

Faktorý

Ground Floor (PARTYZONE)

Faktorý

Main (Jón Jónsson)

Faktorý

AMSTERDAM

Venue 19:00

19:30

20:30

20:00

21:00

20:50

21:40

21:40

ÓLAFUR ARNALDS

NEDRY (UK)

KIRIYAMA FAMILY

20:00

20:20

SIZARR (DE)

20:00

SAMÚEL J. SAMÚELSSON BIG BAND

21:10

23:00

23:20

22:00

22:30

22:10

23:10

DIKTA

23:00

23:30

00:00

00:00

ICEAGE (DK) 00:20

00:10

00:00

GUS GUS

02:00

02:10

02:30 WISTARIA

MARGEIR AKA JACK SCHIDT

02:00

01:00

00:30

01:20

K-X-P (FI)

01:00

TEAM ME (NO) 01:30

SUDDEN WEATHER CHANGE 01:10

01:30

02:30

SYKUR

02:20

LEGEND

BRYNJOLFUR (FO)

LIGHTS ON THE HIGHWAY

SBTRTK (UK)

00:10

MAZES (UK)

00:20

MATTHEW HEMERLEIN (US)

JOHN GRANT (US)

01:20

01:30 MOMENTUM

GRECO-ROMAN SOUNDSYSTEM (UK)

00:00

BENSOL

00:00

EIF (DK)

RANDOM RECIPE (CA) AUSTRA (CA)

GLASSER (US)

23:20

01:00

James Murphy (US)

00:20

00:30 LITURGY (US)

PÉTUR BEN & EBERG

ESMERINE (CA)

WE WERE THE TWILIGHT PROMISED SAD (UK) JETPACKS (UK) 22:30

22:30

22:30

DAD ROCKS! (DK/IS)

OTHER LIVES (US)

21:40

BERNDSEN

23:20

ENDLESS DARK

JD MCPHERSON (US)

23:00

HERMIGERVILL

23:00

23:20

THREEFIGHT FOR SUNLIGHT OF MONSTERS AND MEN (DK) 23:20

22:00

22:30

00:00

SWORDS OF CHAOS

23:30

KGB SOUNDSYSTEM

HOFFMAN

DALE EARNHARDT ELEPHANT STONE JR. JR. (US) (CA)

VALDIMAR

20:50

21:00

MIRI

JÓN ÞÓR 21:40

21:40

20:50

22:00

EMMSJÉ GAUTI

MURMANSK (FI)

20:50

20:00

22:30

23:00 MUCK

MÁR & NIELSEN

22:00

SAMARIS

22:00

22:30

CAPTAIN FUFANU

GUÐRIÐ HANSSONG FOR DÓTTIR (FO) WENDY (DK/IS)

VERONICA FALLS (UK)

VICKY

20:50

BIGGIBIX

21:00

JUNGLE FICTION DJ SET

21:00

21:40

22:00

HAMFERÐ (FO)

21:30

GHOSTIGITAL

20:50

ANGIST

21:00

STAFRÆNN HÁKON

20:00

20:00

ANDVARI

LOCKERBIE

20:00

PASCAL PINON

THE VINTAGE CARAVAN

20:00

RABBI BANANAS

20:00

TONIK

20:00

GUNSLINGER

20:00

HELGI VALUR & THE SHEMALES

19:30

Saturday, 15th

03:00

03:00

KARÍUS & BAKTUS

SEXY LAZER

03:00


00:00

00:00

MAMMÚT

RICH AUCOIN (CA)

01:00 00:30

ÆLA

00:00

22:00

22:00

WE MADE GOD

RETRO STEFSON

23:00

23:00

HJALTALÍN

THULEBASEN (DK)

00:00 23:30

Q4U

23:00

23:00 22:30

22:00

SAKTMÓÐIGUR

21:00

REYKJAVÍK!

20:00

HERMIGERVILL

20:00

20:00

(Ticket needed)

BJÖRK SPECIAL BIOPHILIA PERFORMANCE

21:00

CORAL ORPHIC OXTRA

22:00 21:00

21:30 21:00

THE HEAVY EXPERIENCE

20:00

20:30

GÍMALDIN OG FÉLAGAR

NASA

Silfurberg

Harpa

GAUKUR Á STÖNG

AMSTERDAM

19:00

19:30

20:00

Sunday, 16th

Venue

TICKET INFORMATION FOR BJÖRK / SINÉAD O’CONNOR Tickets for Björk’s Biophilia

For the Biophilia shows on October 12 and 16, 200 tickets will be handed out free of charge for each show to Iceland Airwaves wristband holders. These tickets are handed out on a “first come, first served” basis. How to get tickets: For October 12 show: From 11 AM on day of show at Smekkleysa Record Store, Laugavegur 59. PLEASE NOTE: One wristband = One ticket. For October 16 show: From 1 PM on day of show at Smekkleysa Record Store, Laugavegur 59. PLEASE NOTE: One wristband = One ticket.

Tickets for Sinéad O’Connor

Sinéad O’Connor performs at Fríkirkjan October 14 at 9 PM. Doors open at 8.30 PM. For this show you need a ticket on top of your wristband. They are free of charge and handed out on a “first come, first served” basis. How to get tickets: From 11 AM on day of show at Smekkleysa Record Store, Laugavegur 59. PLEASE NOTE: One wristband = One ticket.

Iceland Symphony Orchestra presents THURSDAY

Harpa Eldborg This year, the Iceland Symphony takes part in Iceland Airwaves for the first time, performing pieces by and with Bedroom Community’s Valgeir Sigurðsson and Daníel Bjarnason as well as music by minimalist master Steve Reich. Admission is free for Iceland Airwaves wristband holders. Wristbands need to be presented at the entrance to Harpa‘s Eldborg hall. 20:00 Iceland Symphony Orchestra Daníel Bjarnason, conductor Valgeir Sigurðsson: Dreamland 21:00 Iceland Symphony Orchestra Daníel Bjarnason, conductor Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson, piano Daníel Bjarnason: Processions Daníel Bjarnason: Emergence 22:00 ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) Steve Reich: Different Trains


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off-venue SCHEDULE WEDNESDAY Vesturbæjarlaugin

18:00 Raised Among Wolves (DK)

KEX

13:00 GUS GUS 15:00 For a Minor Reflection 17:00 Just Another Snake Cult 18:30 Samaris 20:30 Retro Stefson

Bíó Paradís

16:00 Films: Everything, Everywhere, All the time / Backyard / Rokk í Reykjavík / Gargandi snilld

Reykjavík Downtown Hostel 16:00 Low Roar (US) 17:00 Ljósvaki 18:00 Young Galaxy (CA)

Kaffibarinn

17:00 Bix 22:00 DJ HalliValli

Eymundsson Austurstræti 17:00 Vigri 17:30 Lára

Dillon

20:30 Gang related 21:15 Storyteller 22:00 Trust the Lies 22:45 Hyrrrokkin 23:30 El Camino

Bar 11 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00

Barbara

18:00 Raketa 18:30 Slashed Tires 19:00 Guðrið Hansdóttir (FO) 19:30 Just Another Snake Cult 20:30 We made God 21:00 Yunioshi

Kaffistofan

17:00 Raketa 17:30 Tamarin/() 17:45 Elwis 18:00 Pro-jektors 18:30 Meow Pillow and the Chimney 19:00 Ekki neitt 19:30 Samaris 20:00 Tónlistagjörningar (Music Performance)

Munnharpan

19:00 Ourlives

Macyard (Old Sirkus port) 16:00 Sing for me Sandra 17:00 Blaz Roca

THURSDAY

12 Tónar

17:30 Hamlette Hok

Hemmi & Valdi

18:00 Lockerbie 19:00 Jón Jónsson

Reykjavik Backpackers 16:00 Porquesí 17:00 Spaceships are cool 18:00 Sing for me Sandra 19:00 Hellvar 20:00 Skúli Mennski 21:00 Vigri 22:00 Eldberg

12:00 Orphic Oxtra 19:00 Skúli Mennski

Dillon

17:15 Bob Justman 18:00 Svavar Knútur 19:00 Waiters & Bellboys 20:00 Adda 21:15 Caterpillarmen 22:00 Vigri 23:30 Morgan Kane

Kaffibarinn

16:00 Bedroom Community & Friends 19:00 DJs Alfons X, Sexy Lazer and Kasper Bjørke 22:00 Captain Fufanu

Bar 11

17:00 Miri 18:00 Benjamin Francis Leftwich (UK) 19:00 Trausti Laufdal Aðalsteinsson 20:00 Yunioshi (UK) 21:00 Swords of Chaos

Vesturbæjarlaugin

Smekkleysa

KEX

Hemmi&Valdi

18:00 Leif Vollebekk (CA)

13:00 Jóhann Jóhannsson 15:00 Ólafur Arnalds 17:00 Mugison 18:30 Lay Low 20:30 Of Monsters and Men

Bíó Paradís Oliver Tank (AUS) Rainbow Chan (AUS) The Vintage Caravan Cosmic Call 22-Pistepirrko (FI)

Munnharpan

16:00

Films: Everything, Everywhere, All the time / Backyard / Rokk í Reykjavík / Popp í Reykjavík

KORMÁKUR OG SKJÖLDUR 17:30

Benni Hemm Hemm

Hitt húsið

18:30 Norn 19:10 Draumhvörf 19:45 The assassin of a Beautiful Brunette 20:20 Hyrrokkin 20:55 The Wicked Strangers 21:30 Primavera

12 Tónar

17:15 Þórir 18:00 My neighbour Lucifer

16:00 Bob Justman

18:00 Hellvar 19:00 Ourlives

Eymundsson Austurstræti 17:00 Hellvar 17:30 Pascal Pinon

Reykjavík Downtown Hostel 14:00 15:00 15:30 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00

Porquesí Touchy Mob (DE) Manu Delago (UK) Of Monsters And Men Lay Low The Esoteric Gender Kiriyama Family

Reykjavik Backpackers

15:00 Ferlegheit 16:00 Tríó Glóðir 17:00 Benjamín Náttmörður 18:00 Hyrrrokkin 19:00 The Friday Night Idols 20:00 Svavar Knútur 21:00 Slashed Tires 22:00 Just Another Snake Cult

KRON KRON

19:00 Sindri Eldon 20:00 Guðmundur Úlfarsson

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Iceland Airwaves Magazine 2011

Barbara

17:00 Iiris (EE) 18:00 Tríó Glóðir 18:30 Ljósvaki 19:00 Svavar Knútur 19:30 Elín Ey 20:00 Taylor Selsback 20:30 Lay Low 21:00 Erla Jónatans 21:30 Snjólugt

Kaffistofan

17:00 Mammút 17:30 Two Tickets to Japan 18:00 RAt 18:30 Byssukisi 19:00 Jenny Hval (NO) 19:30 Jarðafjör 20:00 Muck 20:30 Sparkle Poison 20:45 Munnfylli af galli

Macyard (Old Sirkus port) 16:00 Sindri Eldon 17:00 Ylja

FRIDAY Vesturbæjarlaugin

18:00 Extreme Chill - Dj AnDre, Subminimal, Ahma, Beatmakin Troopa

KEX

13:00 Other lives (US) 15:00 The Twilight Sad (UK) 17:00 Hjaltalín 18:30 John Grant (US) 18:30 REYKA PARTY

The Laundromat Cafe 14:00 Low Roar (US)

Bíó Paradís

16:00 Films: Everything, Everywhere, All the time / Backyard / You’re watching The Weird Girls Project / Gargandi snilld

Kormákur og skjöldur 17:00 Borko 18:00 Retro Stefson

Live Project i8 House Party Ingólfsstræti 8 16:00 - 20:30 Berndsen, Hermigervill, Oculus, President Bongo (GusGus) w/ Högni Egilsson & Earth, Rabbi Bananas, Snorri Helgason, Sykur, Thórunn Antonía and more

Eymundsson Austurstræti 17:00 Útídúr 17:30 sóley

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Kaffibarinn

16:00 Bedroom Community & Friends 21:00 The Bartones: The Kaffibarinn Male Choir 00:00 DJ Kári

Smekkleysa

15:00 Hellvar 16:00 Úlfur

Bar 11

17:00 Hellvar 18:00 Úlfur Úlfur 19:00 Less Win (DK) 20:00 Bárujárn 21:00 Deathcrush (NO)

Hemmi&Valdi

18:00 Rakel Mjöll og Gabby Maiden 19:00 Dikta

Reykjavik Backpackers 14:00 Ylja 15:00 Útidúr 16:00 Íris Thorarins 17:00 II (Jón Tryggvi & Uni) 18:00 Sing for me Sandra 19:00 Japanese Super Shift 20:00 Stolið

Reykjavík Downtown Hostel

15:00 Matthew Hemerlein (US) 16:00 Ghost Town Jenny (US) 17:00 Vibeke Falden (DK) 18:00 Elephant Stone (CA) 19:00 Lockerbie

12 Tónar

17:30 Mógil 18:00 Helgi Hrafn Jónsson

Barbara

17:00 Spaceships are cool 17:30 TechSoul 18:00 The Esoteric Gender 18:30 Thorunn Antonía 19:00 Möllerdiskó (Trouble, Prince Valium, Steve Sampling, Skurken, Futuregrapher, HaZar) 21:30 Nana 21:45 Magga og Ragga 22:00 Haffi Haff

Kaffistofan

16:00 Hyrrrokkin 16:30 Just Another Snake Cult 17:00 Sindri Eldon 17:30 Instrument project 18:00 Miri 18:30 Úlfur 19:00 Guðmundur Úlfarsson 19:30 Baku Baku 20:00 oFF (DE)

Munnharpan

12:00 Jón Jónsson 18:00 Einar Stray (NO) 19:00 Dream Central Station

Dillon

17:15 Heima 18:00 Kalli Tender 19:00 Porquesí 19:45 Fönksveinar 20:30 Two tickets to Japan 21:15 Wicked strangers 22:00 Dimma 22:45 Dark Harvest 23:30 The Vintage Caravan

Macyard (Old Sirkus port) 16:00 Vigri 17:00 Vicky

SATURDAY Vesturbæjarlaugin 18:00 Pascal Pinon

Bíó Paradís

14:00 Puzzle Muteson (Bedroom Community) 16:00 Films: Everything, Everywhere, All the time / Popp í Reykjavík / Rokk í Reykjavík / You’re watching The Weird Girls Project

Live Project i8 House PartyIngólfsstræti 8

15:00 - 20:30 Fallegir menn, Hjaltalín, Kippi Kaninus, Kreatiivmootor (EE), Lím Drím Tím, Nonnimal, Rich Aucoin (CA), Thulebasen (DK), Æla and more

KEX

13:00 Dungen (SE) 14:30 Dad rocks! (DK) 16:00 Hellvar 17:00 Sudden Weather Change 18:30 Kippi Kaninus 20:30 Swords of Chaos

Eymundsson Austurstræti 17:00 Lay Low 17:30 Mógil

Kaffibarinn

16:00 Bedroom Community & Friends 21:00 DJ JB & Viktor Birgis 23:00 Clock Opera (UK) 00:00 Alfons X

Bar 11

17:00 Vigri 18:00 De Staat (NL) 19:00 Japanese Super Shift 20:00 Dad Rocks! (DK/IS) 21:00 Nóra


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Kormákur og skjöldur

17:00 Markús and the Diversion Sessions 18:00 Snorri Helgason

Smekkleysa 15:00 Kalli

The Laundromat Cafe 14:00 Myrra Rós

Hemmi&Valdi

19:00 Pétur Ben og Eberg 20:00 Friðrik Dór

Reykjavik Backpackers

14:00 Lockerbie 15:00 Vigri 15:40 Valdimarionette Quartet 16:20 Swords of Chaos 17:00 Rabbi Bananas 17:40 Andvari 18:20 Kalel 19:00 At Dodge City 19:40 Two Tickets to Japan 20:20 Caterpillarmen 21:00 Coral

Reykjavík Downtown Hostel

15:00 Snorri Helgason 16:00 Samaris 17:00 Útidúr 18:00 Raised Among Wolves (DK) 19:00 Young Magic (US)

Dillon

15:45 Myrra Rós 16:30 Ellen Kristjáns og dætur 18:00 Touchy Mob (DE) 19:00 Ter Haar (DE) 19:45 Guðríð Hansdóttir (FO) 20:30 Bárujárn 21:15 Vicky 22:45 Mammút 23:30 Hljómsveitin Ég

Barbara

18:00 Heima 18:30 Nóra 19:00 Elín Ey 19:30 Sindri Eldon 20:00 Adda 20:30 Spaceships are cool 21:30 Nana 21:45 Magga og Ragga 22:00 Haffi Haff

Munnharpan

12:00 Of Monsters and Men 19:00 Eyþór Ingi

Macyard (Old Sirkus port) 16:00 Andvari 17:00 Elín Ey 18:00 Music Zoo

SUNDAY Bíó Paradís

14:00 Sizarr (DE) 16:00 Films: Popp í Reykjavík / Backyard / Rokk í Reykjavík / Gargandi snilld

THE NORDIC HOUSE AT ICELAND AIRWAVES

KEX

13:00 FBI Australian Radio special 14:30 MIRI 16:00 Stafrænn Hákon 17:00 Cheek Mountain Thief (UK) 18:30 Snorri Helgason 20:30 Borko

Dillon

17:15 Joane Kearney (IE) 18:00 Heima 19:00 TBA 20:30 Andvari 21:15 Moy 22:00 Postartica 22:45 Finnegan 23:30 Coral

Reykjavik Backpackers

16:00 Lucida 17:00 My sweet Baklava 18:00 Myrra Rós 19:00 Daníel Jón 20:00 Beebee and the bluebirds

Barbara

17:00 Linus Orri 17:30 Heima 18:30 Taylor Selsback 19:00 Myrra Rós 19:30 Sálin hans Jóns míns 20:00 Hyrrrokkin 21:00 Svavar Knútur 21:30 Snjólugt

The Nordic House in Reykjavík is a cultural institution opened in 1968 and operated by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Its goal is to foster and support cultural connections between Iceland and the other Nordic countries. To this end the Nordic House organizes a diverse program of cultural events and exhibitions. The house is the venue for front row activities in the Icelandic cultural calendar: Reykjavík International Film and Literary Festivals, Iceland Airwaves and The Nordic Fashion Biennale—launched by the Nordic House, now on its way to the runways of Copenhagen and New York.

THURSDAY 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:45 15:15

Sindri Eldon Pétur Ben Guðrið (FO) Agent Fresco 22-Pistepirkko (FI)

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SATURDAY

17:00 Hellvar

FRIDAY

Free Entry Off Venue @ Bíó Paradís ( Hverfisgata 54) 16:00 LEIF VOLLEBEKK 16:45 KARKWA 17:30 RANDOM RECIPE

13:00 Úlfur 13:30 Dad rocks! (DK) 14:00 Mimas (DK) 14:45 Team me (NO) 15:15 Jenny Hval (NO) 15:45 Ólafur Arnalds

13:00 Zebra and Snake (FI) 13:30 Hamferð (FO) 14:00 Raised Among Wolves (DK) 14:45 Orphic Oxtra 15:15 Einar Stray (NO) 15:45 Hjaltalín

SUNDAY - HANGOVER CINEMA 13:00 Temporary Copenhagen 14:00 INNI

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laugardalshรถllin The main venue in 2000 and 2002. It holds over 5.000 people. Today Iceland Airwaves has no big main venue but is split into 13 smaller venues. Fatboy Slim closed the show in 2002. He had a great personality.



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HRESSINGARSKÁLINN / Síminn lounge / OFF-VENUE FRIDAY

16:00 Caged Animals (US) 17:00 Murmansk (FI) 18:00 Ter Haar (DE) 19:00 K-X-P (FI)

SATURDAY CANADIAN BLAST PRESENTS AT ICELAND AIRWAVES

WEDNESDAY:

13:00 Random Recipe (CA) 14:00 Karkwa (CA) 15:00 Esmerine (CA) 16:00 Elephant Stone (CA) 17:00 Rich Aucoin (CA)

16:00 Berndsen 17:00 Retro Stefson 18:00 Rich Aucoin (CA) 19:00 YACHT (US)

THURSDAY

Canadian Blast is the initiative of the Canadian Independent Music Association

MORR MUSIC 15:00 Pascal Pinon 16:00 sóley 17:00 Borko 18:00 Sin Fang

ICELANDAIR LOUNGE - AUSTURSTRÆTI 7 There will be concerts. There will be drinks. There will be parties.

all the biggest venues. A multiple music experience for the advanced.

2011: The year of the Icelandair Lounge. Located in the heart of the heart of Reykjavík, the Icelandair Lounge will be the hub for festival-goers, serving live feed from

Icelandair Lounge: The beginning and the end of all the best Iceland Airwaves nights.

The Grapevine ICELAND Airwaves Special And Daily Reviews

REVIEWS www.airwaves.grapevine.is

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Look for your free copy of The Reykjavík Grapevine—Iceland’s English language magazine—widely available around town at festival venues, hotels, cafés and more. The October edition features a special Airwaves supplement that’s stuffed with stuff, including festival tips, tricks and goodies galore. Also, be sure to stop by www.airwaves.grapevine.is for breaking festival news and reviews of EVERY ICELAND AIRWAVES SHOW!


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Austra (CA)

Active Child (US)

Bárujárn

Thursday - 22:10 - Tjarnarbíó From their innocently heartfelt guitar-pop tunes with just a touch of electro, you’d think they were a bunch of kids. Apparently not! Thursday - 23:00 - NASA A lush mix of deep trip-hop and ambient pop is topped off with butter-smooth male vocals of unbelievable range. Goosebumps from head to toe.

Saturday - 23:00 - Reykjavík Art Museum Florence & the Machine topped Jamie XX, they impregnated the vocal-soul of Fever Ray and Austra was born. Just like a dream. Thursday - 21:40 - Amsterdam Surf punk that screams for death with the phasers set to fun and plenty of theremin solos to boot.

Adda

Thursday - 20:00 - Glaumbar Second-language lyrics aren’t the easiest thing to accomplish. Not for Adda, who writes wellcrafted unpredictable, odd poems over murky little tunes.

Agent Fresco

Wednesday - 23:20 - NASA Friday - 22:00 - Reykjavík Art Museum With their seriously powerful rock-operas and no-holds-barred stage dynamics, it’s no wonder these local boys are swimming in accolades.

Amabadama

Wednesday - 23:10 - Faktorý Main A cool vibes reggae band featuring local hip hop big-wig producer Gnúsi Yones. Kick back to their funky beats.

Andvari

Saturday - 20:00 - Harpa Kaldalón Soothing guitar melodies and a lovely lady’s voice make this low-key post-rock band one worth keeping tabs on.

Angist

Saturday - 20:50 - Amsterdam Fierce Icelandic women bring out your inner Valkyrie bloodlust as leads in this recent addition to the local metal scene. Look for their EP coming out soon!

Árstíðir

Friday -00:20 - Harpa Kaldalón A group of acoustically inclined gentlemen with solid musical clout, a folk-rock frame of reference and impressive vocal harmonies.

Beach House (US)

Thursday - 23:00 - Reykjavík Art Museum This drowsy, lo-fi boy-and-girl pair exploded in 2008, making Pitchfork cream their jeans and giving hetero-Brooklyn couples a reason to sing.

Beatmakin Troopa

Wednesday - 22:50 - Faktorý Ground floor His beat-driven, bass heavy instrumental jazzhop can be a little rough around the edges, but not all electronics need to be shiny.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich (UK)

Wednesday - 22:30 - Harpa Norðurljós Five years after The O.C. left the air, here is a songwriter who could have single-handedly soundtracked it: a real teenage dream.

BenSol

Saturday - 00:00 - Faktorý Bar This electronic music-maker follows his primal, physical instincts to find his beats. Let your heart rhythm match up to his and see if your feet follow too.

Berndsen

Saturday - 21:40 - NASA Sublime ‘80s synth-pop style and a stage persona that outshines the spotlight. All he wants is that you dance until you’re a bloody carcass.

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nasa The heavyweight venue of Iceland Airwaves. The shows are big, the que is long, the crowd is sweaty. NASA will always leave you hungry for more.



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Biggibix

Saturday - 20:50 - Gaukur á Stöng Take equal parts horns, guitars, synthesizers and whoa-oh choruses. Shake with a tambourine. Then dance around.

Bix

Wednesday - 00:10 - Faktorý Ground floor Friday - 20:00 - Faktorý Main Hollow, horror-show keyboard sounds, minimalist EBM beats and 90s club techno noise-grit. Bix is the original scary kid of the Weirdcore crew.

Captain Fufanu

Saturday - 22:00 - Faktorý Main With the resurgence of all things dark in the musical world, these locals are joining the global GraveWave movement with a fun take on horror-electro.

CasaNova

Friday - 00:00 - Faktorý Ground floor A pair of local deep house beat slingers who don’t hold back once they hit the decks. Prepare to feel like you’re at a club in Berlin.

Björk

Caterpillarmen

Blaz Roca

Cheek Mountain Thief (UK/IS)

Bloodgroup

Cliff Clavin

Wednesday - 20:00 - Harpa Silfurberg Sunday - 20:00 - Harpa Silfurberg To introduce her would be simply absurd. See ticket info on page 12. Wednesday - 22:30 - Gaukur á Stöng Thursday - 23:20 - Gaukur á Stöng He flashes dough and ice, puffs on Cubans, sips on cognac and seems to really like… cats. Pure hip hop or piss-taker? You decide. Friday - 02:30 - NASA Their great, catchy melodies and crazy technical skills have put this band on the lips of every electro-pop lover in the country. Go see how they earn such praise.

Borko

Thursday - 20:00 - Reykjavík Art Museum He’s been on the scene for ten years and plays with a buttload of local bands. His second album is finally coming out next year, so go get a preview now.

Brynjólfur (FO)

Friday - 21:00 - Faktorý Main Saturday - 01:30 - Faktorý Bar This Faroese DJ is trucking over his big break beat tracks that got him hosting the biggest stage at this year’s Distortion festival: old school goodness.

Bypass

Wednesday - 19:40 - Faktorý Main Some things just don’t go out of style. Smooth, sexy ambient house music is a recent classic, but if it stays the way Bypass does it, it’s here to stay.

Caged Animals (US)

Thursday - 22:30 - Iðnó What’s a delivery guy to do while he recovers from getting hit by a truck? Make a dreamy, electro-psych one-man pop album, of course! 22

Friday - 02:00 - Amsterdam Queerer than a cat in a cabbage patch, crazier than a bat covered in poop, when art school kids start bands, they go ALL IN. Friday - 20:50 - NASA Light melodies, twinkly instruments and playful choruses make this guy’s music perfect for those summer nights catching glow-worms in the backyard. Friday - 21:40 - Gaukur á Stöng This hard-and-tough band gives a cheeky nod to Cheers through their name and gets all the people dancing with their energetic live shows.

Clock Opera (UK)

Friday - 00:30 - NASA Keeping the best of 2005 alive with post-punk infused disco rhythms and pretty guitars over sludgy bass. Eighty percent more beards.

Consortium Musicum (US)

Thursday - 21:50 - Harpa Norðurljós Like if the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band went on African Safari, shot their singer, ditched their instruments and replaced them with Japanese toys.

Contalgen Funeral

Friday - 20:00 - Glaumbar Whisky-perfumed country-rock to tap your toe against the bar to. Haunting and hip swinging like Murder By Death, more low-key and tragic.

Coral

Sunday - 21:00 - Gaukur á Stöng A swooning, decade-strong Reykjavík rock band and Bedroom Community collaborators, their second album ‘Leopard Songs’ finally hit shelves this past July.


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CYNIC GURU

Friday - 22:30 - Glaumbar As far as diversity is concerned, this band is setting the bar. Combining a vast array of musical styles using broad and unusual instrumentation, they deliver impressively composed and catchy songs.

Dad Rocks! (DK/IS)

Saturday - 22:30 - Harpa Kaldalón A band’s name is a bad indicator of their sound. In this case, it’s less “rock” and more “roll” with late ‘90s-ish college emo (but with better lyrics).

Dimma

Friday - 02:10 - Gaukur á Stöng Hard and heavy, no holds barred cock-rock that’s not ashamed to flex its guns. Goes well with leather and rhinestones.

DJ AnDre

Wednesday - 19:30 - Faktorý Ground floor From minimal chillout to trippy jungle trax to dubby hip hop beats, his atmospheric soundscapes will take you out of this world.

Dope D.O.D. (NL)

Thursday - 00:10 - Gaukur á Stöng A freaky Dutch rap trip with air-tight rhymes spit hard over grimy, dubstep beats. It’s pretty sick.

Dream Central Station

Thursday - 20:00 - Iðnó Following in the great tradition of C-64 buzz-fuzz sludge, this psych rock duo pick up where Serena-Maneesh last left us.

Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr (US)

Dungen (SE)

DANÍEL BJARNASON

Dustin O’Halloran (US/DE)

De Staat (NL)

EIF (DK)

Deathcrush (NO)

Einar Stray (NO)

Saturday - 21:10 - Tjarnarbíó If Animal Collective and Of Montreal teamed up to have pillow fights and make slow jams, they’d be ripping off this band. Thursday - 20:00 - Harpa Eldborg Shot to the spotlight for his conducting of Sigur Rós, this composer makes some of the most intense and terrifying modern classical today. Friday - 20:00 - Reykjavík Art Museum Raw, rude and rocking. Down and dirty bassheavy electro-punk with a big ass salt shaker. Simple enough to get drunk to, too danceable enough not to spill. Thursday - 00:10 - Amsterdam No, they are NOT a Mayhem tribute band. Not even close. More like an ‘80s goth basement art project as an excuse for a girl to moan. Fine by us!

Dikta

Wednesday - 23:20 - Harpa Norðurljós Saturday - 23:10 - Tjarnarbíó They have hit the local big-time and the kids are crazy about them. A really fun show with lots of claps and smiles.

Friday - 23:00 - Reykjavík Art Museum Going all the way with the retro ‘70s, mid-tempo, flute pop sound has made these Swedes huge at home. Being adorable helps, too. Thursday - 19:50 - Fríkirkjan Muted lo-fi grace and a masterful touch on the piano keys create quiet intensity. A modern composer worth keeping your ears on. Saturday - 00:00 - Faktorý Ground floor Bringing some much-needed womanly wiles to the dancefloor, this Danish damsel has been tearing it up all over Europe with her cool disco house. Friday - 20:00 - Harpa Kaldalón Like the Nordic reply to Sufjan Stevens, unconventionally instrumented, movement-based pop stories ripe with spiritual imagery.

El Camino

Friday - 20:00 - Gaukur á Stöng From the windy beaches of the Westman Islands comes this unusually warm surf rock band right out of a Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello picture.

Eldar

Wednesday - 20:00 - Gaukur á Stöng The singer of the band Valdimar and guitarist of Lifun got mad drunk one Sunday evening and when they woke up, they had a cosy alt-folk acoustic band à la Bon Iver. 23


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reykjavík arT museum Art gallery by day. One hell of a concert hall at night. Forms the so-called holy trinity of Iceland Airwaves along with NASA and Gaukur á Stöng. It’s where many international artists came to be discovered.



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Fist Fokkers

Thursday - 23:20 - Amsterdam Piss-taking hardcore screamer duo in the running for Reykjavík’s most vulgar band name and an album named after the Mighty Ducker himself. (Emiliooooo!)

Fönksveinar Elephant Stone (CA)

Saturday - 22:10 - Tjarnarbíó With former members of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and The High Dials, this psych-sludge outfit will grind your gears right.

Elín Ey

Wednesday - 20:00 - Harpa Norðurljós Friday - 21:40 - Tjarnarbíó Got the blues? You’re in good company. Miss Ey delivers simple, no frills 12-bar tunes that will cure whatever ails ya.

EmmSjé Gauti

Wednesday - 23:20 - Gaukur á Stöng Saturday - 22:00 - Glaumbar He rolls out sweet rhymes mixed in with autotuned crooning, like an Icelandic Drake (without the acting career). Who needs the Biebz?

Endless Dark

Friday - 01:20 - Gaukur á Stöng Saturday - 23:00 - Glaumbar These rising scream-core stars have proved themselves to be huge crowd pleasers over their short tenure. We hear there are big things on their horizon.

Epic Rain

Wednesday - 21:30 - Faktorý Main Straight out of Lebanon, Reykjavík-raised Epic Rain turns hip-hop on its head infusing it with jazz, folk and ‘70s classic rock influence.

Esmerine (CA)

Saturday - 23:20 - Harpa Kaldalón Beckie Foon and Bruce Cawdron are Montréal music royalty (hint: Godspeed! collabs). Together they are an experimental multi-instrumental wet dream.

Fig (US)

Thursday - 21:10 - Harpa Norðurljós Fig is one half Yuka C. Honda of Cibo Matto and one half Nels Cline of Wilco, both of whom you should be jealous of and/or want to make out with.

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Wednesday - 20:00 - Harpa Kaldalón A real, mad funk explosion as funky as funky comes. Bootsy Collins himself would approve of these funky grooves. Get the funk over there!

For a Minor Reflection

Friday - 21:00 - Reykjavík Art Museum Post-rockers and former Sigur Rós openers take a very ‘minor’ musical concept and turn out simple, soaring 10-minute symphonies.

FORGOTTEN LORES

Thursday - 22:30 - Gaukur á Stöng Five members of Reykjavík’s hip hop elite band together to make up this skillful super group of fun, bouncy beats and native-language rhymes.

Friðrik Dór

Wednesday - 20:50 - Harpa Norðurljós Thursday - 21:40 - Gaukur á Stöng Every generation and location needs their heartthrob. Frequently topping the charts with his R&B ballads, he seems like the right pick around here.

Fu Kaisha

Wednesday - 20:10 - Faktorý Ground floor The rumble of the bass, the rattle of the snare, the cry of the keyboards; an electronic journey through a darkened jungle.

Futuregrapher

Thursday - 23:40 - Faktorý Main Mind altering acid jazz and trippy house that does the same trick as certain psychedelic substances found on Icelandic fields and median strips.

Gang Related

Friday - 19:10 - Amsterdam Wallflower power-pop made in basements for high school prom rejects, drenched with reverb and leftover grunge charm.

Ghostigital

Saturday - 21:00 - Faktorý Main Insanely talented and insanely weird, this legendary noisy pair will put on one of the most explosive shows you’ll see this year.


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Gímaldin og félagar

Sunday - 20:00 - Amsterdam Why yes, joke-folk was sorely missing waltzes and harpsichord solos! We can’t tell if they are really serious, but does it even matter?

Gísli Pálmi

Thursday - 20:00 - Gaukur á Stöng A fresh faced youngster in the hip hop scene, this new producer and rapper is finding his footing in different shoes than his counterparts.

Glasser (US)

Saturday - 22:30 - NASA One woman’s DIY electro orchestra infused in equal parts by R. Kelly, Joni Mitchell and Jimmy Sommerville. Music for across-the-room eyefucking.

Greco-Roman Soundsystem (UK)

Saturday - 01:00 - Faktorý Ground floor Led by Full Nelson, this DJ team extraordinaire of the Greco-Roman family goes up against itself to hold parties that are stuff of legend.

Guðrið Hansdóttir (FO)

Saturday - 20:50 - Harpa Kaldalón Vocoder manipulation and heavy reverb put a fresh spin on this singer’s Jenny Lewis-style country-rock.

Gunslinger

Saturday - 20:00 - Amsterdam To hell with traces of pop! Damned with the constrictive bounds of conventional rhythm structure! We want our punk EXTRA WEIRD!

GusGus

Saturday - 00:00 - Reykjavík Art Museum GusGus is not a band, it’s an Icelandic institution. An electronic phenomenon. Seeing them isn’t an option, it’s an obligation.

HAM

Friday - 00:00 - Reykjavík Art Museum The great old gods of Icelandic rock are BACK! We waited 22 years for a sophomore album and IT IS BLOWING OUR MINDS. If you miss this show, kill yourself.

Hamferð (FO)

Saturday - 21:40 - Amsterdam Massively epic, operatic metal, a pitch-perfect tenor frontman and loud, soaring guitars; deniers of classical influence on metal will get put in their place.

Hauschka (DE)

Thursday - 20:50 - Fríkirkjan A minimal master of modern composition, this German genius’ music is beautiful, emotive and intricate. Take a quiet moment to bask in his glow.

HaZaR

Thursday -20:00 - Faktorý Ground floor This dude mashed up the quintessential Icelandic electro-sounds of GusGus, Trabant and the Weirdcore crew to make crazy, lyrically-driven techno.

Helgi Jónsson

Thursday - 23:20 - Harpa Kaldalón Helgi embodies that one-man-pop-band sound that guys like Håkan Hellström and Moto Boy made big. His smouldering good looks don’t hurt either.

Helgi Valur & the Shemales

Saturday - 19:30 - Tjarnarbíó Love songs don’t have to be lovely, sex songs don’t have to be sexy, sometimes it’s just more fun to be funny.

Hellvar

Friday - 22:30 - Amsterdam Electro-rock fun-band from Keflavík-town will make you dance with a scowl on your face. Wear some latex and shake your hips.

Hermigervill

Saturday - 23:00 - Faktorý Ground floor Sunday - 20:00 - NASA An 8-bit wunderkind fighting the good fight to bring back happy hardcore and chip-step. Dust off your old pacifier, pull on some fun-fur and crack a glowstick.

Hjaltalín

Thursday - 21:00 - Reykjavík Art Museum Sunday - 23:00 - NASA Taking twee to grandiose levels, Hjaltalín were designed for international take over. Pop or orchestra? You decide.

Hljómsveitin Ég

Wednesday - 23:20 - Amsterdam Friday - 20:50 - Harpa Norðurljós Perfect for kids who were raised on their parents’ Deep Purple and Creedence records, Ég’s mellow tunes are great to rock out to.

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Hoffman

Saturday - 22:30 - Gaukur á Stöng Hailing from the windswept Westman Islands, these real rock’n’roll guys are a staple on the local scene. Good things are here to stay.

Honningbarna (NO)

Friday - 23:20 - Gaukur á Stöng Not as sweet as their name would suggest (‘honey kids’!) these growly guys do loud, threechord punk as it was meant to be done.

Human Woman

Jenny Hval (NO)

Friday - 23:30 - Harpa Kaldalón Also known as Rockettothesky, Jenny is an experimental storyteller with a knack for odd melody like Kate Bush and vocal improvisation like the Cocteau Twins.

Jóhann Jóhannsson

Thursday - 21:50 - Fríkirkjan This mega-prolific electronic composer and Apparat Organ Quartet member’s shows are a rare treat. This music could change your life.

Friday - 22:00 - Faktorý Main The sexy, funky disco house of local electro heroes Jón Atli Helgason (Hairdoctor, etc.) and Gísli Galdur (Trabant, etc.). Great for a romp on a white leather couch.

Iceage (DK)

Saturday - 00:20 - Gaukur á Stöng Leave it to a bunch of adorable, teenage Danes full of hormonal rage to be the most talked-about new punk band this year. Mosh ‘til you lose your shirt buttons.

Iiris (EE)

Thursday - 20:00 - NASA Her voice sounds remarkably like a young Robyn, and she coos coyly over piano-rich and joyfully melodramatic trip hop tunes.

IKEA SATAN

Wednesday - 00:10 - Amsterdam This is kind of the musical equivalent of getting black-out drunk and having the sloppiest sex ever. On purpose.

Jafet Melge

Wednesday - 21:30 - Faktorý Ground floor Minimal and psychedelic, this chillout project is just asking to make soundtracks to astronomy programs. Grab a kaleidoscope, lie back and fly away.

James Murphy DJ Set (US)

Friday - 00:00 - Faktorý Main LCD Soundsystem may be done, but James Murphy ain’t going anywhere fast—except the dancefloor!

JD McPherson (US)

Saturday - 23:20 - Gaukur á Stöng Hey all you squares, think you can make it with the drapes? Come to the jukejoint tonight and rumble! Don’t forget your grease and comb.

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John Grant (US)

Saturday - 00:10 - Harpa Norðurljós Harry Nilsson’s dearly departed soul must have gone to Texas and come back as this Gothic crooner, packing quirk and heartbreak in his holster.

Jón Jónsson

Thursday - 20:00 - Harpa Kaldalón Smooth alt-country from a young man who must have once found himself alone on the road, longing for his lover’s arms. Haven’t we all?

Jón Þór

Saturday - 20:00 - Iðnó Former member of awesome local bands Lada Sport and Dynamo Fog, he’s now making it solo with clap-along, thrashy, weirdo rock.

Jónas SigURÐSSON og ritvélar framtíðarinnar Friday - 00:20 - Harpa Norðurljós Bluesy, rocking soul that would make Sly & the Family Stone proud. It may be impossible to stay still to this funk.

Jungle Fiction DJ SET

Saturday - 21:00 - Faktorý Ground floor The only way to get away with being so over-thetop and decadent with your keyboards is total shamelessness. This electro-trio has no fear.


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JuSt Another Snake Cult

Friday - 01:10 - Amsterdam Taking a note from the psychedelic ‘60s and upping the ante, these are free-love anthems for a new hippie generation.

K-X-P (FI)

Saturday - 01:20 - Gaukur á Stöng If there is one thing that everyone thinks when they think ‘Finland’ it’s didgeridoo-infused tropical krautrock. No? Well, they will NOW.

KALLI

Friday - 21:40 - Glaumbar Former lead singer of the band Without Gravity, Kalli got over his band’s breakup by grabbing his guitar and crafting some dark, deeply emotional alt-folk. He could use a hug!

Kalli & Ewok

Thursday - 23:30 - Faktorý Ground floor Unabashedly heavy, funky, skip-jumping jungletech, this pair are the residents in charge of the infamous Breakbeat.is parties.

Karíus & Baktus

Saturday - 03:00 - Faktorý Bar These toothy DJs took a while to get their brushing and flossing routine right before finding comfort in groovy, funky super minimal microhouse.

Karkwa (CA)

Thursday - 21:10 - Tjarnarbíó This bilingual band has conquered both sides of their local Quebecois culture and will now try their wily charms out on Iceland.

Kasper Bjørke (DK)

Friday - 23:00 - Faktorý Main Friday - 02:00 - Faktorý Main The beloved DJ and producer is making his return to Iceland Airwaves to team up with Margeir for some heavyweight electronic booking. Oh shit, you guys.

KGB Soundsystem

Saturday - 23:00 - Faktorý Main While he sometimes adds his touch to the likes of Mr. Silla and FM Belfast, he is best known for keeping the city dancing in the bars every weekend.

Kippi Kaninus

Friday - 21:40 - Harpa Kaldalón A one-man DIY computer project that went from nerdy basement tapes to massive experimental success. Absurd and totally adorable.

Kira Kira

Thursday - 19:00 - Fríkirkjan Pioneer of the krútt-wave movement (don’t tell her we said that) and co-founder of the Kitchen Motors collective, this super-active composer always has her hands full of cool art projects.

Kiriyama Family

Saturday - 20:00 - NASA To hell with rhyming; these guys are gonna try to do free-verse bubblegum pop! Their disco beats are punchy enough, so they might have a shot.

Klassart

Wednesday - 20:50 - Gaukur á Stöng Sleepy, jangly country songs for that last drink alone at the bar before stumbling into the cold starry night.

Kreatiivmootor (EE)

Thursday - 00:10 - Harpa Kaldalón Super-absurdist art weirdos with total disregard for the constraints of language or syllables or even sounding present. Or as Mr. T calls it, jibber-jabber.

Kristian Kjøller (DK)

Friday - 01:30 - Faktorý Ground floor A big name in the Copenhagen dance scene and mainstay producer for a slew of electro darlings, this DJ-producer is no slouch.

Krummi

Wednesday - 22:10 - Faktorý Ground floor The man in charge of mega-rockers Mínus does his own thing in this emotive electro sideproject. A nice change of pace, and highly enjoyable.

Lára Rúnars

Thursday - 21:00 - NASA Friday - 23:20 - Glaumbar Quirky, perky and cute as pie, singer-songwriter Lára is cool with hipsters and their parents too.

Lay Low

Thursday - 23:20 - Glaumbar Friday - 21:40 - Iðnó Her sweet, drowsy, bluesy tunes won’t make you low but they might get you laid.

Legend

Saturday - 02:20 - Gaukur á Stöng Krummi from Mínus strikes again in this Depeche Mode-circa-‘Ultra’-sounding band. They got leaked to the radio this summer and people are sorta loving it.

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gaukur รก sTรถng Founded in 1983. Gaukur รก Stรถng is the longest running live concert club in Iceland and home to some of the most memorable moments in Iceland Airwaves history.



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Margeir aka Jack Schidt

Lifun

Markús & The Diversion Sessions

Friday - 22:30 - Harpa Kaldalón Hailing from Canada and inspired by Iceland, this haunting solo folkster plays some beautiful odes to the lands he loves. Wednesday - 21:40 - Gaukur á Stöng Cutesy girl-fronted folk-pop for people who are into apple cores more than hardcore. A sunny picnic for your ears.

Lights on the Highway

Friday - 23:20 - Tjarnarbíó Saturday - 01:00 - Glaumbar A folky, acoustic rock group with slightly psychy undertones and a very loyal following.

Saturday - 02:00 - Faktorý Main A true party master, the captain of the dancefloor, the leader of the cult. The maestro of the Blue Lagoon Chill is ravin’, he’s ravin’. Wednesday - 23:20 - Harpa Kaldalón Markús of the great and now legendary Skátar started a solo career after his band called it quits. Then he turned it into a band. And we’re all rather happy about that.

Matthew Hemerlein (US)

Saturday - 00:20 - Harpa Kaldalón Hailing from DC, this loop-master and multiinstrumentalist many times over, makes breezy and beautiful trip-pop all on his own.

Mazes (UK)

Saturday - 00:10 - Iðnó Some may call it safe, some may call it simple, but these happy, punky tunes make you feel like a day at the beach.

Már & Nielsen Liturgy (US)

Saturday - 00:20 - Amsterdam Highly technical experimental Black-core from nerdy minimal Brooklynites. Their unconventional intensity is causing quite the dust-up in the metal world.

Ljósvaki

Friday - 20:50 - Iðnó Who needs the Bieber to come to Iceland when this kid is already making ultra-simple, hyperautotuned pop hits?

Lockerbie

Wednesday - 20:50 - NASA Saturday - 20:00 - Harpa Norðurljós Joining the ranks of Iceland’s post-rock tradition, these fresh-faced youngsters are on their way to good things.

Mammút

Wednesday - 21:40 - NASA Sunday - 00:00 - Gaukur á Stöng These wild and sexy art-school kids will get you shouting along to their beautiful rock with your fists to the sky.

Manu Delago Handmade (AT)

Thursday - 22:30 - Harpa Kaldalón Organic sounds and acoustic instruments build the backbone of this tropical-funk afro-jazz outfit.

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Saturday - 22:00 - Faktorý Bar When it comes to “anything goes”, this DJ pair have it down pat. They are all about getting every ass shaking, by any shameless means necessary.

Megas og Senuþjófarnir

Friday - 22:30 - Tjarnarbíó They might get lost on foreigners since Megas’ main attraction is his masterful poetry, but he is a total legend, the band is good and the tunes are pretty fun.

MI-GU (JP)

Thursday - 22:50 - Harpa Norðurljós This creepy haunted house pop comes from members of Yoko Ono’s back-up band—no wonder it’s so mindfucking.

Mimas (DK/IS)

Friday - 19:10 - Tjarnarbíó Their claims to be a furry kitten could be met with suspicion, but they are quite cute and cuddly. Like sock puppets.

Miri

Saturday - 21:40 - Iðnó Instrumental power-math rock with a buttload of attitude. They’ll get you rippin’ and roarin’ along with their wailing.


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Mógil

Friday - 20:50 - Harpa Kaldalón A band of modern classical musicians and composers incorporating woodwinds with electronic manipulation. Like if the NOW Ensemble got a singer.

Momentum

Saturday - 01:20 - Amsterdam They are like the metal equivalent of the stampede scene in ‘The Lion King’: a terrifying low roar becoming an unstoppable, engulfing wall of sound.

Natasha Fox (US)

Thursday - 22:00 - Faktorý Ground floor Club dubstep with a ‘90s trance twist, this sultry productrice is coming to get your face full of bass.

Náttfari

Wednesday - 20:50 - Harpa Kaldalón After an eight year hiatus, these guys reunited last Airwaves to revisit their grand, dynamic dream-rock. Come see why that show topped the critics’ lists.

Mr. Silla

Thursday - 22:30 - Amsterdam A local indie dream-team with members from the likes of múm, Seabear, kimono and the Bakkus DJ booth.

Muck

Saturday - 22:30 - Amsterdam They are perfectly respectable, sweet-looking boys, but they’re not so nice once they guitar-up and growl-down with raw, thrashing hardcore.

Mugison

Friday - 21:40 - Harpa Norðurljós King of Ísafjörður and big brother to Iceland’s rockers, Mugison will keep on rocking forever, and ever, and ever…

Mukkaló

Friday - 20:00 - Tjarnarbíó Soft acoustic folk hymnals with soulful quietude and pastoral grace. These children of nature keep it down to earth.

Murmansk (FI)

Saturday - 21:40 - Gaukur á Stöng Dark and brooding and hopeless and wailing with despair. Reverb at 11 and guitars set to soar. Goth to the core.

MusiK Zoo

Thursday - 20:50 - Gaukur á Stöng This is what would have happened if The Stranglers had suddenly let a squeaky voiced rapper join the band. Rap-blues-wave? Okay then.

Muted

Thursday - 20:40 - Faktorý Ground floor Friday - 20:00 - Faktorý Ground floor From the northern town of Akureyri comes this hushed mix of ambient drone and hip hop beats. The name says a lot here.

Nedry (UK/JP)

Saturday - 20:50 - NASA This multi-national fantasy-electro grouping is like Blonde Redhead all hopped up on dubstep and David Lynch.

Niki & the Dove (SE)

Friday - 22:30 - NASA A beastly beauty of hipstertronica. Chilly vocals and primal rhythms that sink into the bones. An earth grinding under a meteor shower.

NOLO

Wednesday - 21:40 - Harpa Kaldalón Hypnagogic lo-fi rock du jour, these peppy weirdos bust out trippy hooks and catchy lines to melt your pleasure centres.

Nonnimal

Friday - 01:00 - Faktorý Bar When house gets this hard and sounds go this dark, you may think you are in Berlin, but oh no, you are just meeting Nonnimal.

North Beach (SE)

Friday - 03:00 - Faktorý Ground floor Because it can be too hard to let the summer end, even in a cold northern country, hot Swedish disco-house will make it a Golden October.

Nóra

Thursday - 20:50 - Harpa Kaldalón Bright eyed and bushy tailed indie pop with a thick smattering of ‘la la la’s and ‘woo oh oh’s to keep your shoulders swaying along.

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Oculus

Oy (CH)

Of Monsters and Men

Ólafur Arnalds

Friday - 23:00 - Faktorý Ground floor It only takes a few moments to see why he’s on the Iceland electronic A-list. It doesn’t take much longer to get you dancing. Wednesday - 00:10 - NASA Friday - 00:10 - Glaumbar Saturday - 23:20 - Harpa Norðurljós The winter is coming along but these cabin-inthe-woods alt-folkers and a warm drink will keep you nice and cosy. Strongly rumoured to become the next big thing out of Iceland.

Ojba Rasta

Wednesday - 00:00 - Faktorý Main Get a taste of Tropical Iceland with the island beats of Ojba Rasta. Real old school, pressure dropping dub.

Orang Volante

Friday - 21:00 - Faktorý Ground floor Specialising in making dub-heavy, soulful deep house and techy tracks, this guy‘s been a mainstay on the dance scene for a decade.

Orphic Oxtra

Wednesday - 20:00 - NASA Sunday - 20:00 - Gaukur á Stöng Who doesn’t love a big brass band made up of fresh-faced youths fresh outta music school? Bombastic brass blasts: say it five times fast.

Other Lives (US)

Saturday - 22:00 - Reykjavík Art Museum As wide and dark and starry as the big skies over Montana, and making you feel just as small and stupefied and full of wonder.

OurLives

Wednesday - 21:40 - Harpa Norðurljós Thursday - 21:40 - Glaumbar There’s a saying around here when something is just so obvious because it always works out: basic. That pretty much sums it up here.

Owen Pallett (CA) Friday - 23:30 -Iðnó Changing from his video game-related moniker to the one on his birth certificate hasn’t changed the quality of his compositions or his fantastic shows.

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Friday - 00:30 - Iðnó A jazzy rapstress who sounds like she got the Muppets orchestra as her backing band. Playfully grotesque and impressively eccentric. Saturday - 21:40 - Harpa Norðurljós Between the critically acclaimed albums, being handpicked to compose scores and touring constantly, this boy-genius composer is truly unmissable.

Óli Ofur

Friday - 23:00 - Faktorý Bar He’s a man on a mission and that is to make you dance. He knows the groove is in the heart and his beats will hypnotise you to feel it.

Ólöf Arnalds

Friday - 22:30 - Harpa Norðurljós She has one of the most unique and hauntingly magical solo voices and a talent for impeccably smooth melodies. Sit back and be quietly stunned.

Panoramix

Wednesday - 22:20 - Faktorý Main Smoking blunts while wearing spandex. Slowskanking under disco lights. New-wave dub for nights at the club.

Pascal Pinon

Thursday - 21:40 - Harpa Kaldalón Saturday - 20:00 - Glaumbar These young ladies are bright young stars that play simple and twinkly twee-pop. Oh, to be young and amazing.

Pétur Ben & Eberg

Wednesday - 00:10 - Harpa Norðurljós Saturday - 00:00 - Glaumbar Both huge names on their own on Icelandic radio, these two have teamed up to make a super solid rock album for the masses.

PLX

Thursday - 21 :40 - Faktorý Main One half of the electronic-superfriends crew known as Weirdcore, Tanya Pollock is the glitchmaster behind these midi controllers, making sweet beeps and squeaks.

Pornopop

Wednesday - 22 :30 - Amsterdam If their idea of porno is quietly crying on a bed while looking at the evening rain hitting the window, then it’s the right kind of pop.


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PORQUESÍ

Thursday - 20:50 - Amsterdam Traditional post-rock, if such a thing exists, this intensely emotive band follows the lineage of Caspian and Mogwai with slow builds into big bursts.

PRESIDENT BONGO

Friday - 03:00 - Faktorý Main Getting down to business and causing a scene, this guy’s crazy blend of electro-techno will drag you to the dance floor and hit you where the sun don’t shine!

Prins póló

Friday - 20:50 - Tjarnarbíó Originally a sideproject of Svavar from Skakkamanage, this bizarro-pop group is now home to a non-Irish girl, a townie and a cloudbuster. (It’s a riddle).

Raised Among Wolves (DK)

Thursday - 19:30 - Tjarnarbíó Tamed from their upbringing but still wild at heart, these feral children make frantic, fluttering nature pop.

Random Recipe (CA)

Saturday - 23:30 - NASA Using onstage improv to conceive a music-baby, they have birthed a bouncy jazz, hip hop, electrofunk child with a wild temper.

Retro Stefson

Thursday - 22:00 - Reykjavík Art Museum Sunday - 22:00 - NASA If you haven’t heard their bossa nova-funk rock extraordinaire or been to one of their live shake-fests, then you’re in for a treat. Get ready to sweat.

Reykjavík!

Sunday - 21:00 - NASA Making a mess of every dancefloor they hit and only getting louder with age, this bunch of hooligans keep their namesake city riotously rocking.

Rich Aucoin (CA) Puzzle Muteson (UK)

Friday - 22:30 - Iðnó The baby-boy of the Bedroom Community makes haunting and highly visual acoustic experimentations. He breeds true to his family.

Q4U

Sunday - 23:00 - Amsterdam One of the seminal bands of the Icelandic punk scene now in their second incarnation. They’ve taken on a darker type of post-punk, a colder kind of Goth. Minimal wave done right.

Quadruplos

Thursday - 00:20 - Faktorý Main Wubwubwubwub. Wubwubwubwubwubwubwubwubwubwubwub. CZZT! Weirdo dubstep cool kids with more tricks up their sleeve than Gob!

Rabbi Bananas

Saturday - 20:00 - Faktorý Ground floor This local skwee-ro dude has been totally embraced in Finland, where the whole style began, cause he’s the real deal. Don’t believe us?

Rafgashaus

Wednesday - 19:10 - Amsterdam Living the minimalist new-wave dream of the ‘80s through Kraftwerk-y bass lines and Human League synth samples. And now we dance!

Sunday - 00:00 - NASA Between the sing-along songs, the viral video montages and the rainbow parachute dance parties, this could be the happiest party of the festival.

RVK Soundsystem

Wednesday - 19:30 - Faktorý Main Wednesday - 00:30 - Faktorý Main DJ Kári, DJ Elvar, Gnúsi Yones and Charlie D. Together they make up this rocksteady collective that keeps the city bouncing.

Saktmóðigur

Sunday - 22:00 - Amsterdam Twenty-years strong and no signs of slowing down. Their breed of dark punk shaped the sound of so many local bands: filth, fury and fucking.

Samaris

Friday - 20:00 - NASA Saturday - 22:00 - Faktorý Ground floor These bright green teens only started making music last January but they already sound like the ripened fruits of the fall with their Fever Ray-ish trip hop. Includes Pascal Pinon people, note that!

Samúel J. Samúelsson Big Band

Saturday - 20:00 - Reykjavík Art Museum Oh boy, big is an understatement here. This afrofunk pop band is HUGE! Like 85 people in Adidas track suits! (Not really.) Fokk… 37


iðnó Built in 1896, Iðnó is the oldest theatre in Reykjavík. Normally this is a place to grab a dinner and a show. During Iceland Airwaves there is no dinner but the show is insane.



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SBTRKT (UK)

Saturday - 00:30 - NASA Gritty dubstep with a smattering of late 90s MTV R&B—think Ciara meets Skream.

Sean Danke

Friday - 22:00 - Faktorý Ground floor If you’ve shared the decks with the likes of Josh Wink, Sasha & Digweed and Richie Hawtin, folks can’t tell you nothing, pretty much.

Skorpulifur

Wednesday - 20:50 - Amsterdam Psychotic trance punk for your next occult gathering. A pair of cousins going all the way to be completely unique.

SKURKEN

Thursday - 22:20 - Faktorý Main A mainstay in the Icelandic electro scene since the late 90s, this versatile knob-twister can sum up his modus operandi in one word: glitch.

Snorri Helgason

Wednesday - 00:10 - Harpa Kaldalón Thursday - 00:10 - Glaumbar Now that he’s been going it alone for a while, Mr. Helgason and his sweet, ‘60s-throwback acoustic tunes are doing just great.

Secret Chiefs 3 (US)

Thursday - 00:10 - Iðnó Trey Spruance of Faith No More/Mr. Bungle fame leads this globe-trotting band of miscreants, from Bollywood-core to death-tronica.

Sexy Lazer

Saturday - 03:00 - Faktorý Ground floor Oh my, is it hot in here or is that just us? It isn’t? Well then, I suppose you wouldn’t mind if I gracefully removed my shirt to these super deep house beats, yes?

Sin Fang

Thursday - 23:20 - Iðnó He dropped the ‘Bous’ last year and added a bunch of bouncy house beats to his new poptunes. We guess he’s showing his fangs.

Sindri eldon

Friday - 20:00 - Amsterdam Almost facetiously regular in his pop-rock melodies, this guy sings stories about himself in a hilariously unexpected way. Bring salt.

Sinéad O’Connor (IE)

Friday - 21:00 - Fríkirkjan The iconic Irish singer-songwriter and Popepicture-tearer is coming for a rare (and we should assume incomparable) visit. Pay your respects! See ticket info on page 12.

Sizarr (DE)

Saturday - 20:20 - Tjarnarbíó A bunch of teenage hotties crooning experimental influenced kraut-punk when they should be getting back to class.

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Sóley

Wednesday - 22:30 - Harpa Kaldalón This singer-songwriter and Seabear bandmember has a fresh new full-length album out where she spins stories on her piano to make your head swoon.

Song For Wendy (IS/DK)

Saturday - 21:40 - Harpa Kaldalón The love-project of Icelandic-Danish couple Dísa Jakobs and Mads Mouritz is beautiful, poetic lo-fi folk-pop to squeeze your heart still.

Spacevestite

Wednesday - 21:40 - Amsterdam A hyper poppy mash up of Woodstock psychedelia, new wave decadence and Electric Six’s sleaziness.

Stafrænn Hákon

Saturday - 20:50 - Iðnó With six studio LPs in under ten years—full of powerful, experimental and intricate ambient post-rock—this is the busiest band you’ve never heard of.

Stereo Hypnosis

Thursday - 23:00 - Faktorý Main A duo consisting of Jafet Melge and Beatmakin Troopa, their enviro-electronica utilises organic field recordings to let you trip out in nature.

Steve Sampling

Thursday - 21:00 - Faktorý Main Crisp beats and melodic sampling make electronic meditations. Grab your Tiger Balm and head to the chill room.


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Subminimal

Thursday - 21:20 - Faktorý Ground floor With a gear list that would make a dyslexic weep, Subminimal come armed and ready to pitch-bend your eardrums.

The Dandelion Seeds

Friday - 20:50 - Amsterdam Bringing ‘drop in and trip out’ back to the forefront, these kids float about in the sun making mindless, psychedelic British Invasion rock.

Sudden Weather Change

Saturday - 01:10 - Iðnó The best thing about the early ‘90s was don’tgive-a-shit grunge played by cute, fun-loving boys. SWC are the reincarnation.

Súr

Thursday - 20:00 - Amsterdam Silver medalist of the Icelandic Battle of the Bands, these Westman Islanders make light, dreamy rock for turning frowns upside down.

SUUNS (CA)

Friday - 00:20 - Gaukur á Stöng Like sexual urges that must be held back, they are dark, guttural and desperately restrained. It’s a frustrating build up to ultimate satisfaction.

Svavar Knútur

Friday - 20:50 - Glaumbar More jester than troubadour, more crooner than comedian. He’ll make you laugh, he’ll make you cry. He’s a really cool guy.

Swords of Chaos

Saturday - 23:20 - Amsterdam Blackened hardcore sludge-thrash doom. Screaming, sweatiness, shirtlessness and risk of decapitation by microphone cord. Best ass kicking you’ll get.

Sykur

Wednesday - 22:30 - NASA Saturday - 02:30 - NASA Forget the organic twee and weirdo-techno. These fun kids got a room and made unabashed, decadent, shiny club electro for body-bumping all night.

Team Me (NO)

Saturday - 01:30 - NASA A great big twee pop orchestra with fun pop beats and super layered, multi-gendered harmonies perfect for swaying and singing along to.

Ter Haar (DE)

Friday - 21:40 - Amsterdam Instrumental post-punk with a lousy, grungy attitude for your scowly morning strut down to the prison known as high school.

The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger (US)

Thursday - 20:00 - Harpa Norðurljós Sean Lennon moonlights with model Charlotte Kemp Muhl to play retro, whimsical blues-pop.

The heavy experience

Sunday - 21:00 - Amsterdam Not heavy as in metal, but as in weighty - substantial, filling, settling and intense. Take in the full experience unencumbered.

The Twilight Sad (UK)

Saturday - 22:30 - Iðnó Only the biggest name next to Arab Strap in massively dramatic Scottish poet-rock. This show will be a truly rare gem to get a glimpse of.

The Vintage Caravan

Saturday - 20:00 - Gaukur á Stöng Amp-melting blues rock from some real loud-andproud kids! The good ol’ tried and true.

The Violet May (UK)

Thursday - 21:40 - Iðnó Quickly rising to the top of the British favourite list since their arrival last year, this sleazy, sexy rock’n’roll is sure to help get some babies made.

The Way Down

Wednesday - 20:00 - Amsterdam Screwed up and slowed down stoner pop for those days where all you wanna do is smoke with your friends in a sunny park.

The Wicked Strangers

Thursday - 19:10 - Amsterdam Heavily influenced by the hard classic sounds of Queens of the Stone Age and Led Zeppelin, this ever shifting rock band is growing fast.

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blue lagoon Once a year Iceland Airwaves transforms the Blue Lagoon into one of the most unique parties in the world. It is renowned for its healing power. Not only is it good for the skin but also known for curing hangovers.



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Úlfur

Thulebasen (DK)

Úlfur Úlfur

Thursday - 22:20 - Tjarnarbíó This breathy-voiced singer-songwriter makes catchy Italo Disco that hits all the right marks and does all the right tricks. It’s shameless but wonderful. Sunday - 23:00 - Gaukur á Stöng An experimental grunge-rock sound experience fit for making a papier-maché mess or tearing up your sketchbook too.

Tim Sweeney

Friday - 00:00 - Faktorý Main DFA collaborator and resident on WNYU radio, this sought-after DJ mixes up old school techno, hip hop classics and disco into sweet re-edit selections.

Tonik

Saturday - 20:00 - Faktorý Main Anton Kaldal and his revolving door of musicians do some unexpected techno-tricks, always keeping it way fresh.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (UK)

Friday - 01:30 - NASA Orlando Higginbottom of Oxford town is shaking off his stuffy upbringing with funky Berlinised salsa house and big costumes.

Touchy Mob (DE)

Friday - 23:20 - Amsterdam Songs for lying face down flat on the floor and forgetting the meaning of mass and substance. Acoustic drone tall tales for shifting clouds and moods.

Treefight For Sunlight (DK)

Saturday - 22:30 - Harpa Norðurljós Following in the footsteps of fellow Danes Mew and Oh No Ono they are carving out their unique jangly pop sound for a new generation.

Trouble

Wednesday - 20:50 - Faktorý Ground floor The adult results of a musical child prodigy, these subtle and subversive acousmatic compositions incorporate field recordings and electronic terror.

tUnE-yArDs (US)

Friday - 23:30 - NASA With her gravelly growl and loop-dee-doops, Merril Garbus weaves funky rugs of R&B folk bringing past and future into the here and now.

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Friday - 20:00 - Iðnó This multi-project whiz kid formerly known as Klive is donning his given name for his latest collection of synthetic, musique concrète experimental gems. Wednesday - 20:40 - Faktorý Main Are they electro? Are they rap? Are they just plain rocking out? Yes. Yes they are. You will too!

Útidúr

Friday - 01:20 - Iðnó A young but welcome addition to the world of Icelandic mish-mash-instrumental orchestra pop, they bring a unique intensity and serve it up hot.

Valdimar

Wednesday - 00:10 - Gaukur á Stöng Thursday - 22:30 - Glaumbar Saturday - 21:00 - Reykjavík Art Museum Named the ‘Brightest Hope’ band at the Icelandic Music Awards this year, their brass and keyboard heavy rock is hitting new emotional heights. It’s a hit!

Valgeir Sigurðsson

Thursday - 20:00 - Harpa Eldborg Powerhouse modern composer and Bedroom Community co-maestro made for experimental intensity. A force to be reckoned with.

Veronica Falls (UK)

Saturday - 20:50 - Harpa Norðurljós Valley of the Dolls 2011: A bunch of hippie-goths went to make it big in California only to find their friend washed up on Redondo Beach. Oh, the woe!

Vicky

Friday - 20:50 - Gaukur á Stöng Saturday - 21:00 - Glaumbar What we locals are missing are some real all-girl rock bands, but Vicky come close with just one pretty lad on drums. And they sure do rock!

Vigri

Friday - 20:00 - Harpa Norðurljós These DIY-ers made their classical inspired alternative album by travelling around churches to record and listened to their dreams, with serendipitous results.


Iceland Airwaves Magazine 2011

WE MADE GOD

Sunday - 22:00 - Gaukur á Stöng On day one they made God. On the second day these local gents created an excellent take on athmospheric progressive post-rock that would have Mogwai nodding in agreement.

We Were Promised Jetpacks (UK)

Saturday - 23:20 - Iðnó Getting endorsed by Frightened Rabbit got them on FatCat Records and an opening slot for Jimmy Eat World. Right on, guys.

Weapons

Thursday - 20:50 - Iðnó No Frills. No pomp. No circumstance. Just real guys in skinny jeans with floppy hair and jangly guitars. Just fun.

Who Knew

Friday - 22:30 - Gaukur á Stöng This mainstay rock band of the local scene is brimming with positivity and wants to spread the joy. Their harmonies are sure to please.

Wistaria

Saturday - 02:10 - Amsterdam Metalcore gods in excelsior laying on the anger, the sweat and tearing off their shirts. No fucking shirts.

YACHT

Thursday - 00:00 - NASA Hyper-trippy hipstertronica power team with the ability to transport you to new dimensions and give you new, euphoric sensations.

Yagya

Wednesday - 23:30 - Faktorý Ground floor Quiet, minimalist ambient jazz house inspired by the rain and the clouds. Organic, soothing chillout sounds.

Ylja

Thursday - 20:50 - Glaumbar With a common love of acoustic folk, these two choir songstresses made the right choice in pairing up and to make these simple tunes.

Yoda Remote

Thursday - 20:20 - Faktorý Main A duo of 8-bit groove magic throwing back to those basement days playing Mario Tune.

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band (US)

Thursday - 23:40 - Harpa Norðurljós Yes. That is the Woman of Weird. The Queen of Quirk. The Mistress of Mindfuck. THE YOKO ONO. GO.

Young Galaxy (CA)

Thursday - 22:00 - NASA Body-moving and mesmerising tropical electro-pop wrapped in a Swedish bow by super-producer Dan Lissvik.

Young Magic (US)

Friday - 21:40 - NASA Prince & the Revolution purified themselves in the waters of Lake Minnetonka again and came back making bass-electro for Sesame Street.

Zebra and Snake (FI)

Friday - 00:10 - Amsterdam Going the old-timey route of analog electronics, this Northern ambient-kraut duo modestly compare themselves to The Knife and Bowie in Berlin.

Zun Zun Egui (UK)

Friday - 23:20 - Harpa Norðurljós These lost children found themselves together in a murky forest. They ate the fruits from the ground and made music with the sticks they found. Whoa-ness.

Æla

Sunday - 00:00 - Amsterdam Power-punk at its finest, this motley crew of local old timers still rip it up like their drag shows of yore.

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harpa The newest member of the Iceland Airwaves family. BjÜrk will be the first to perform at Harpa and debut it as an Iceland Airwaves venue. It’s a great example how the festival is growing and evolving. Every year.



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