Posts Tagged ‘Airwaves13’

Jón Gnarr and the SF Embassy

When the SF Embassy Met Jón Gnarr

Much has been said about the, shall we say, creative style of politics as pioneered by Iceland’s mayor Jón Gnarr – a reputation that goes far and wide beyond the borders of Iceland. Having read articles about him i...
by haje

Prins Póló by Hörður Sveinsson

Photos from Thursday

The Reykjavík Grapevine is lucky to have some very talented photographers covering the festival. Here is a selection of some of their work from Thursday.
by admin


Northern Lights by Simon Chetrit

Northern Music, Northern Lights

It's only my second day at Airwaves and already I have some solid advice. Icelanders: do not attempt to replicate the music of the African diaspora, especially reggae and hip-hop. You will fail. Miserably and laughably. Be your...
by michaelazerrad

Ólafur Arnalds at Harpa by Jim Bennett

Ólafur Arnalds Draws Tears At Harpa Eldborg

The house lights are on in the modern, volcanic red heart of Iceland. Smoke, as though suspended from ethereal fly lines, dissipates over the audience more slowly than the aurora tinting the night sky. It is Airwaves 2013, and ...
by ryan


Metz at Harpa by Jim Bennett

Muck Me, I’m Glad We Metz

The lovely Torontonians made sure to shred, rip, tear and murder everything they could in the most efficient manner imaginable with the time allotted to them. And like true Canadians, they politely bade the attendees “a great...
by Gabríel Benjamin

Anna Von Hausswollf by Siggi

Music You Can Sit To

As the set continues Hausswolff and her band prove themselves masters of texture, which ranges from ominous, to somber, and finally hopeful. They're not in a hurry to get there though. They know a journey is in the traveling, n...
by Þórir Bogason


No Joy by Rúnar Sigurður Sigurjónsson

The Choppy Line-Up

Although I deeply respect and understand the urge to push boundaries, there is always an audience to consider. Doing something is not the same as pulling it off.
by Helga Þórey Jónsdóttir

Þórir Georg by Páll Hilmarsson

SGs and Lap Steels at Amsterdam

I was proven very wrong very quickly. Caterpillarmen play party music that doesn't take it self too seriously, but do so with so much conviction that it's impossible not to pay attention. This is the band Johnny Triumph would h...
by Árni Árnason


Jagwar Ma

Genre Explosion At The Art Museum

Dub reggae outfit Ojba Rasta are one of the evening's more interesting - and fun - surprises. While they're ostensibly pushing a sound that will always struggle for relevance in the bigger picture of contemporary music, that's ...
by Paul Bridgewater

Mammút by Simon Chetrit

Azerrad’s Report: Wednesday

Noted music writer slash Grapevine's guest of honour Michael Azerrad goes wild at Iceland Airwaves 2013, wandering between venues, listening hard and taking notes. For his Wednesday report, he digs on Mammút and Emiliana, and ...
by michaelazerrad



Vök Storm The Scene At Harpa

First impressions: the venue is really slick. Extremely open, good viewing angles, clean, consistent, clear sound. If we had to lose NASA to get this, well, it still sucks but we got a damn nice venue out of it. This was my fir...
by simonzacharychetrit


A Night Of Synths In All Their Forms

First of all, I’ve got to give Metz an honourable mention. I ducked into Bar 11 to see them before heading to my post at Harlem, and they deserve a mention for enticing the first crowd-surf of the weekend. Here’s to...
by Árni Árnason


Agent Fresco

A Man Sings His Heart Out, The Dreaded Saxophone And More

Basically, I want to hear Högni and Sigga sing at each other for an hour. I’d pay good money for that.
by oliver

Our Band Could Be Your Life Crop

Grapevine & Mál og Menning Present: Michael Azerrad In Conversation

Boy, have we got a treat for you music geeks this Airwaves! The one and only Michael Azerrad, author of the genre-defining, delightfully written rock history tome Our Band Could Be Your Life (and founder/Editor-in-Chief of sp...
by Haukur S. Magnússon


SF Embassy Represent


A portable San Francisco hits Iceland Airwaves A couple of months ago, we got an email from something called “The SF Embassy,” saying they were going to bring over a rather large group of people from San Francisco, Californ...
by Haukur S. Magnússon

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Iceland Airwaves Insider: Haukur S. Magnusson

If you’re a regular reader or at all familiar with the Reykjavík scene, you probably know of Haukur S. Magnusson. Reykjavík Grapevine’s editor-in-chief  is something of a face about town during Iceland Airwaves, ...
by John Rogers