IceNews goes to Iceland Airwaves

airwaves-icelandairAmong all the doom these days coming from Iceland (and pretty much everywhere else too), some people had forgotten Iceland Airwaves.

Now in its tenth year, Iceland Airwaves is the biggest little festival in the world and has attracted the best international acts since the beginning. The festival is also famed for nurturing and even launching the careers of Iceland’s best acts as well.

The first (and only) time I have been to Airwaves so far was this time two years ago. And I actually felt tearful for several days after it finished. Sounds stupid I know, but it’s true – and my hopes are high for this year too.

The festival runs from tomorrow (Wednesday) until the wee hours of Sunday morning and features more bands than I actually have the time or patience to count.

But some possible highlights are (in no particular order): Simian Mobile Disco, Young Knives, Vampire Weekend, Munich and Junior Boys – with the addition of every Icelandic band you’ve ever heard of, pretty much.

Well, except Björk and Sigur Rós perhaps – but you will catch Gus Gus, Jeff Who?, Lay Low and For a Minor Reflection (featuring the kid brother of Georg Holm from Sigur Rós).

Every day IceNews will bring you reviews and previews from Airwaves. For those of you here, I hope you’ll find what I write useful and interesting. For those of you not here, I hope I am able to capture the flavour of Airwaves enough for you to make the trip next year.

By the way, in case you’re wondering, I’ve decided that Iceland Airwaves is such a friendly and intimate affair, and that music reviews are so incredibly subjective, that I will write all my Airwaves columns in the first person. And yes, I am aware that that runs counter to all other material ever published on IceNews.

I am also aware that my upbeat tone coming from the streets of Reykjavik may go against the grain of global feeling at the moment, but I don’t care. The fact is that there is no better place to be than 101 Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves – be it 2008 or any other year!

Enjoy the festival wherever you are,

Alëx, IceNews editor

PS, we would like to acknowledge the kind support of Iceland’s biggest airline, Icelandair ( and Visit Reykjavik, the city tourist board ( – without whom IceNews would not be attending Iceland Airwaves with the entirely unselfish (ahem) goal of keeping our readers “down wiv da kidz”.