Posts Tagged ‘Iceland Airwaves’

Ólafur Arnalds by Skari

Exitmusic, Ólafur Arnalds Bewitch Airwavers At Norðurljós

Before I hear Monotown for the first time tonight, someone describes them to me as sounding “like an ABBA B-side”. While that’s not an entirely accurate summary, it does at least place them in a ballpark where...
by Al Horner

FM Belfast by Rúnar Sigurður Sigurjónsson

Ending On A High

Harpa's interiors are as grandiose as its beautiful façade would suggest. A small, bridged entrance gives way to high ceilings, epic stairwells and huge music halls but it still somehow feels very intimate, or perhaps that is ...
by Lauren Down


Phantogram by Siggi

Chilly Winds Don’t Blow

“Holy fucking Christ,” I said without hearing myself say it, the words sucked right out of my mouth. It was not just the wind—violent, subarctic, merciless—that assailed me from all directions and angles, rendering it e...
by Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir

Nova Heart at Gamli Gaukurinn by Siggi

Ups And Downs At Gamli Gaukurinn

There may be gale force winds trying to blow festivalgoers towards the sea tonight, but there's not a lot that the weather can do to dampen spirits. The sky's clear, the northern lights are glowing and there are some seriously ...
by francine


Thorunn Antonia by Magnús Elvar Jónsson

Come Get Yr Fill: Deutsche Bar, Night One

Myrra Rós makes the kind of music that makes you want to close your eyes. Not because the band is terrible looking (they’re all cute!), but because it’s the sort of blissed out, mellow folk pop that causes people to stand...
by Kirsten O'Brien

Lára's album cover

Is Lára’s Moment Here?

Hi Lára! Sorry to be bothering you with all these questions right before the Airwaves festival starts (you are surely pretty busy getting ready for all those shows you’ll be playing), but we heard you have a new record o...
by Haukur S. Magnússon


Stafrænn Hákon at Amsterdam by Hlynur Hafsteinsson

A Night Of Confounded Expectations

Unlike many of the other venues - including Deutsche Bar across the road - there is no queue at Amsterdam for the first night of Airwaves, but that doesn't mean it's not the place to be. An extremely mixed, inclusive line-up is...
by Amy Liptrot

Sykur by Skari

Sykur Stole The Show

The day is Wednesday, the place is Harpa Silfurberg, and the time is 20:00. Day one, let's dig in!
by Chris D'Alessandro



A Truly Incredible Opening Night

Experiencing FM Belfast closing up a very effective snapshot of homegrown talent is a glimpse for me, an outsider, into that moment where music and place become synergous. The band's energy bounces around the room, back and for...
by Paul Bridgewater


Keep It Simple

The small, dingy space of Faktory’s downstairs venue lent itself well to both the tranquil and the frenetic, as three varied electronic acts brought their own definitions of minimalism
by Joel Hoard



JFM Is An Icelandic Legend – Here’s Why

For some of our international Airwaves guests, the name Jakob Frímann Magnússon might not ring a bell (don’t be afraid, we’re about to ring that bell for you, so long as you read on). However, every single Icelander knows...
by Haukur S. Magnússon

A Sruli Design!

Sample Bedroom Community’s Latest Signing At Sruli Recht’s Store Launch

Award-winning designer Sruli Recht has a thing for making controversial-slash-gorgeous products (for instance: wallets and shoes made out of tanned minke-whale penii). He is a self-described cross-disciplinary artist, “ca...
by Haukur S. Magnússon



Poliçagate: “…sometimes circumstances occur in life that make a happy ending impossible.”

As we reported yesterday, Minneapolis hipstergazewave newcomers Poliça (finally learned to make that weird ‘c’ thing!) have cancelled their anticipated appearance at Iceland Airwaves 2012 with but a week’s...
by Haukur S. Magnússon


POLIÇA Just Up And Cancel Their Airwaves Show – Airwaves Crew “NOT AMUSED”

From out of the blue, Minneapolis hipstercore merchants Poliça have cancelled their scheduled Iceland Airwaves appearance, a mere week before they were set to headline Thursday night at the Art Museum. While the reasons for t...
by Haukur S. Magnússon



IT’S HERE! IT’S FINALLY HERE! Grapevine’s Fancy Airwaves 2K12 Compilation Is Here!

FANCY THIS, EVERYONE! IT’S HERE! IT’S FINALLY HERE IN ALL ITS 512 MEGABYTES OF GLORY! Yup, as we promised in our last issue (which contained a pretty rad Airwaves-pullout, for all you Airwaves enthusiasts to enthuse...
by admin

Sindri Eldon at Amsterdam by Hvalreki

The Confessions Of A Misanthropic Musician: The Sindri Eldon And The Ways Interview

Here at the Grapevine we have writers who also like to moonlight as musicians now and again, whether the music be brassy ’60s pop, supercharged hardcore, or noise rock . Even our editor in chief likes to get his guitar...
by Bob Cluness