Organised each year in Reykjavík, Iceland Airwaves festival remains the best reason to visit Iceland” Les Inrocks“Should you go to Iceland Airwaves? The variety of acts, the quality of their sets, the vividness of the city and the friendly folk of Iceland are just a few of many why’s.
With the production help of James Ford (member of Simian Mobile Disco, and producer for Arctic Monkeys) and Aaron Dessner of the National, the band has successfully created perhaps the most adequate commercial rock album of 2015. But fine is nowhere near good, and, when the music is this empty, it might actually be worse than bad.So why not try a different version of Iceland Airwaves this year and combine with a trip to Akureyri’s stunning answer to the blue lagoon, spectacular highlands, and waterfalls? Since the first edition was held in 1999 in an old airplane hangar, Iceland Airwaves has become one of the premier annual showcases for new music—Icelandic and otherwise—in the world.It’s made a heap of friends and won many fans along the way, and it’s been lavished with praise pretty much everywhere folks write about music.Each Iceland Airwaves sees artists from all over the world perform in Reykjavík, encouraging this by running an open submission to play the festival.“[Iceland Airwaves] might even be my favorite festival I’ve been to.” Stereogum “Iceland Airwaves thrills and mystifies with equal strength, offering a choose-your-own adventure for music fans everywhere.” Consequence of Sound “Iceland Airwaves Is The Best Musical Festival in The West” GQ “Iceland Airwaves may not have the A&R reputation of South by South West or CMJ, but it does offer as wide a variety of new music as any festival, both local and international (with an obvious focus on Icelandic and Scandinavian talent).