There are three things at Airwaves ’13 that you’ll need extra tickets for.
Tell your wallet not to panic – all the live music in the official programme is included in the festival ticket price. But with limited seats even in the bigger venues, there’s a ticketing system in place for two of the main events – so you might have to get in a line.
First of all, there’s a classical night at Harpa on October 31st. Ólafur Arnalds will perform his latest work “For Now I Am Winter” with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, and Max Richter shows off his reworking of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”. Both artists have topped the classical charts in recent times, with Arnalds reaching new audiences via his work in TV and film scores, so who knows, you might have to wrestle with impassioned, ticket-hungry fans of the UK detective series Broadchurch. This show will be in the Eldborg concert hall, and tickets will be handed out to wristband holders on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show at 13.00, in the Iceland Airwaves Media Center in Harpa.
One of the main attractions of the festival this year the seminal electronica-and-art project that is Kraftwerk, with high demand expected for their immersive 3D show. It’s the same deal, this time with tickets handed out at Harpa on Friday, November 1 at 16.00. Who knows what time the queue will start forming for this one. Seems like Kraftwerk might have some pretty intense fans.
Finally, there’s Blue Lagoon. This mineral-rich geothermal spa is one of Iceland’s most famous tourist attractions, with good reason – it’s incredibly relaxing, and a surreal feeling to be in the middle of the moss-covered volcanic tundra floating in a pool of salty pearlescent water.
Traditionally, the Airwaves “Blue Lagoon Chill” has happened on Saturday, but this year it spreads to all four festival days, with live music in the Lava restaurant, and a ticket that also includes the return bus ride and a fancy lunch. It’s 69€ for a ticket, and you can see who’s playing each day and buy one here. We checked out the competition too: Kexland offer a lunch-less and gig-less Blue Lagoon trip priced at around 60€ here, and if you have your own wheels and just want the swim, take a look at standard price tickets here.