Iceland Airwaves 2017
October 31 – November 5, 2017
Streaming live on KEXP’s Facebook page
While we celebrate Halloween today in the States, Iceland is celebrating music. The annual Iceland Airwaves festival takes places over the next several days in Reykjavík and Akureyri, Iceland. Since its modest origins in 1999, the festival has developed into a consistent source of musical discovery, and this year’s diverse lineup looks to be no exception. So instead of focusing on a single artist, we’re featuring the entire festival this week. Here’s what you need to know:
Lineup and Schedule – A quick perusal of this year’s lineup shows the breadth and depth of the fest’s bookings. Headliners include well-known British and American artists like Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes, and Billy Bragg. But down the list there are dozens of lesser-known bands – Icelandic and International, spanning all genres – that truly make the festival exciting. Industrial/noise-punk band Roht is one worth noting. And you’ll also notice that Songhoy Blues, who we featured last week, will make an appearance. All this is to say that while KEXP is streaming 18 choice sets from the KEX hostel in Reykjavík, the festival’s lineup as a whole is a portal into new soundscapes for listeners of all interests.
We encourage you to browse the full schedule of streamable sets, but here are a few Icelandic artists we’re especially looking forward to seeing:
Sóley (November 1, 8:30am Pacific) – This pianist and singer writes down-tempo, minimalistic, and at times experimental songs that are equal parts emotional and catchy. Sóley has been releasing solo music since 2010, and she has appeared multiple times at previous renditions of Iceland Airwaves. Check out her the video for her track Úa below and bookmark her set HERE.
Hatari (November 1, 1:30pm Pacific) – A sparse internet presence seems fitting for a band like Hatari. It’s tough to find more than a single track online, and videos of their live performances are mostly amateur. Despite the mystery from afar, though, reports from Reykjavík suggest that the band is buzzing in the Iceland underground. The trio features dark synth-wave stylings and aggressive vocal parts that are said to translate into a mesmerizing and theatrical live performance. Don’t miss it HERE.
JFDR (November 2, 6:00am Pacific) – This project is the brainchild of Jófríður Ákadóttir, also of notable Icelandic acts like Samaris, Pascal Pinon, and Gangly. JFDR’s debut record was released earlier this year, and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily produced it. If you’re waking up on the West coast, these gentle and poetic tracks could make for a lovely start to a Thursday morning. Hear the sounds below, and set a reminder for the stream HERE.
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