Grapevine Airwaves 2013

November 14, 2013

Sykur: Being Insane Is A Good Thing!

Sykur by Galina Alexander

Music Overview

  • Artists: Sykur
  • Venue:  Harpa Norðurljós
  • Time:  Saturday
  • The Good:  Great live performance. Crazy costumes, great energy!
  • The Bad:  I kept thinking the lead singer was going to need a tetanus shot running around stage in just her socks!
  • Reviewed by: Ziah Fogel
  • Photo: Galina Alexander and Haje Jan Kamps

Occasionally, you find a band that makes you believe that perhaps being insane is actually a good thing. Sykur is one of those bands.

As soon as the band came out on stage, the lead singer with her spiky statue-of-liberty-esque-crystalline headpiece, it was clear that this was going to be an interesting performance.


The lead singer of Sykur, Agnes Björt Andradóttir, is clearly mental. But in a good way. Her costume choice for this performance was a loose flowing matching shirt and trousers, which looks like they may have been a very comfortable set of pajamas in an alternate alien world. She also took off her shoes for the performance, and ran around the stage in her colorful socks.

The music is at times dancy and synth heavy, at times more punk, and at times even bordering on rap. Agnes is a performer through and through, and her enthusiasm is infectious. The entire audience had no trouble at all getting behind the band when Agnes insisted that we “bounce” with her, and dancing and jumping permeated the audience of happy festival-goers.

The band was really tight, and all appeared to be having a fantastic time. At one point in the performance, Agnes introduced the other three band members by giving them each a kiss on the cheek. You could absolutely tell this is a tight-knit group of musicians, and that they love their music.

Sykur is definitely a group to watch – not only for their fun and fabulous musical style, but also for their amazing live presence. If you have a chance to see them live, I highly recommend it. I guarantee you will leave thinking: “Wow, they were mental!” – but with a giant smile on your face.


About the Author

Ziah Fogel
Ziah Fogel
Ziah Fogel is a multi-disciplined media expert, specializing in feature animation, visual effects, photography, cinematography, and computer science. Ziah has over twelve years experience as a technical director and supervisor for animated and visual effects films. She spent over eight years at Pixar Animation Studios, where she worked on films such as Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, and Wall-E. She's also worked with Double Negative Visual Effects studio in London, and on the first ever feature animation movie in Argentina.

One Comment

  1. Xiaochen

    I love Agnes! She’s very cute off-stage but immediately lights up on stage.

    My friend and I talked to her after one of the off-venue shows this year. She makes me want to give her a big hug.

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