Iceland is definitely the home of the best music festival in the whole world, Iceland Airwaves. The year was 1999 when this festival first started in an airplane hangar on a domestic airport in the city of Reykjavík and with just 4 bands completing the lineup, the music festival swept all the feet of the music lovers. After the success of the festival, many front act liners joined in years after that. Iceland Airwaves had been the most talked about festival in Iceland. Rolling Stone Magazine even acknowledged the festival as “The hippest long weekend on annual music-festival calendar”.
National & international artists
In 2011, Björk was the headliner and later it was Sigur Rós. Many artists both national and international participate in the music festival each year. To name a few: Bloc Party, Fatboy Slim, Flaming Lips, Florence and the Machine, Hot Chip, Klaxons, The Rapture, The Shins, TV On The Radio and Wolf Parade. Iceland’s pride such as Björk, FM Belfast, GusGus,Múm, Of Monsters and Men, Seabear and many more have participated plus some amazing DJs. The number of acts performing at the festival increases every year, not the mention the off venue parties and gigs free for everybody. There are many shows to be held in different venues like the bars, cafes, churches, cinemas, concert halls, hostels, theaters and even in the local residences.
One big party!
The theme of the festival is Icelandic music with the annual introduction of night life in Iceland. It is amazing how many great artists exist in a country with a population that does not reach 400,000. It is not rare for them to mingle around day after, you can see them on the streets doing their own stuff or in the establishments and if you are this party person, they could even be the hosts of some house party after the shows. They usually held their house parties and gigs right in their garages. To name a few are; Legends (with their dark electro music), brilliant Icelandic metal bands such as Kontinuum and Solstafir, sweet folk band Árstíðir, 1860 with their pastoral tunes, or visit Sóley in her garage!
Iceland Airwaves is definitely louder than war and this is how Icelanders means by partying. Who would love this festival? People who love music with almost every bits of every other genres or for those who love weird landscapes and are ready for the rapid change of weather while partying, then this festival is highly recommended. While there, take the opportunity to enjoy what the country has to offer, such as snowmobiling on glaciers and the amazing Northern lights! All latest information about the festival can be found on http://icelandairwaves.is/ Every year Iceland Airwaves brings out something new, just like the weather in Iceland. Don´t miss it!