Although some revellers were more interested in other things

Gary Wolstenholme photo diary from Nov 3

Gary Wolstenholme is the Photo Editor at, curating . He likes an ale or three, good food and live music ,although much of the live music he sees is through a lens. He can...
Legend by Magnús Elvar Jónsson

Post-Apocalyptic Disco

Asonat, Sometime, Legend, Sykur, Thorunn Antonia, Bendsen, Úlfur Úlfur, Emmsjé Gauti at Faktorý on Saturday

The Good: LEGEND. They owned the night.
The Bad: An old favorite phoned it in.
There are some nights when you look at the line-up at a venue and know pretty much what to expect. I thought that was the case Saturday night at Faktorý, but I was proven wrong. And I’m glad I was. With acts that ranged ...
Bypass by Magnús Elvar Jónsson

My House. Faktorý Downstairs.

Bypass, Houskell, Pedro Pilatus, Hermigervill DJ Set at Faktorý Downstairs on Saturday

The Good: Salsa robots and contemporary dance are all the rage in Reykjavík apparently.
The Bad: Saturday night around 10pm, I walk into Faktorý, Sunday jazz bar, weekend electronica venue and it's empty. Like, actually empty.
Saturday night around 10pm, I walk into Faktorý, Sunday jazz bar, weekend electronica venue and it’s empty. Like, actually empty. Well, okay the musicians and the bartender are there. I can understand this, with a pletho...

Ásgeir Trausti by Siggi

Oh, Boy (bands)! : Harpa Norðurljós Pt. II

Ásgeir Trausti, Vacationer, Boy at Harpa Norðurljós on Saturday

It seems like everyone here for Ásgeir Trausti’s set is actually here to listen. I’m guessing as much because, for the first time at this year’s festival, I’m hearing a lot of shushing. “You’ve never seen him play ...
Guðríð Hansdóttir by Simon Steel

Kaldalón Attacked By Canadian Gay Pirates!!!

Guðrið Hansdóttir, 1860, Kira Kira, Woodpidgeon, Siinai, Mr.Silla at Harpa Kaldalón on Saturday

The Good: Woodpigeon soared like an Eagle, Guðrið Hansdóttir moved us to tears
The Bad: 1860 failed to pick us up
The first half of Harpa Kaldalón’s Saturday line-up felt incredibly random, as if the organizers pulled names out of a bag. I spent most of the night alternating between being deeply moved, annoyed, and confused. GUÐRI...

The Barr Brothers by Siggi

A Touch Of Canadian Promise: Harpa Norðurljós Pt. I

RÖKKURRÓ, The Barr Brothers, Agent Fresco at Harpa Norðurljós on Saturday

The Good: The Barr Brothers unleash their sublime and experimental folk compositions.
As the final night of the festival (unless you’re one of the lucky ones to be heading to see Sigur Rós) gets underway, we head to Harpa Norðurljós to hear some of Iceland’s finest music, and a touch of Canadian p...
Rangleklods by Thorgeir Olafsson

I Only Do Girls I Just Barely Like: Harpa Silfurberg Pt. II

Retro Stefson, Rangleklods, Gus Gus, at Harpa Silfurberg on Saturday

The Good: The tastier beats by Rangleklods and Gus Gus
The Bad: Lack of top-shelf songwriting, rude crowd members, the fact we're all one day closer to death
Someone find Retro Stefson a cruise ship to rock! The set by Icelandic collective – whose members included two backup dancers, a woman wearing (and playing) a keyboard, a guest percussionist, and a hype man who ended up shirt...
Benni Hemm Hemm by Thorgeir Olafsson

Does Size Really Matter? Harpa Silfurberg Pt. I

Harpa Silfurberg on Saturday

The Good: Benni Hemm Hemm has a big heart to go along with his big band
The Bad: The Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band was a little too big
The old proverb goes that it’s not the size that matters, but how you use it. It works for music as it does for sex. You can do just as much with a kazoo as you can with a symphony if you know what you’re doing. That’s no...