It seems not so long ago at all, we were captivated by the announcement of a new music festival in Iceland – which was just then emerging as the next imperative destination for the culture-vulture set.
20 years later, Iceland Airwaves remains one of the only annual “musts” for those seeking to surf the bleeding edge of international indie music – especially as the tiny Scandinavian country remains such fertile ground for sonic innovation. And this year’s initial lineup, just announced today (with more to come at a later date), will only serve to further elevate that status.
The Howl & The Hum
As ever, the schedule is thronged with local stalwarts, from the chilling art metal of Une Misère to Vök’s lush electro pop to the sultry R&B of GDRN. But the selection of international also seems quite promising, and includes Norway’s newest sensation Amanda Tenfjord, psychedelic Canadian sibling trio The Garrys, London art rockers Shame, and enigmatic Midland Brits The Howl & The Hum.
This year’s Airwaves will take place November 6-9, so stock up on those end-of-season-clearance sweaters now. As ever, it will veritably take over Downtown Reykjavik for those four days. In the meantime, they’ve created a Spotify playlist of the already scheduled artists.
Advance tickets can be purchased here.