If you’ve ever been to Iceland Airwaves, chances are you’ve either got a ticket for this year ready or you spend your evenings crying yourself to sleep over your lack of said ticket. If you haven’t been before, what are you waiting for? With Iceland Airwaves 2016 less than a month away, here are some of the artists you should be excited to see, in no particular order:
Agent Fresco (IS)
The music of this locally-grown progressive art rock band is both powerful and sophisticated. Their vocalist Arnór Dan hits every note of his extensive vocal range while the band’s collective energy will blow you a few steps backward.
Anna Meredith (UK)
Combining pop and contemporary classical influences, Anna Meredith’s music manages to be innovative and totally listenable at the same time!
An organic blend of folky and electronic, this Polish duo is just the ticket for those who like their music simple and sweet, with a tinge of melancholy.
A tight-knit rock group well-liked both locally and abroad, Mammút´s melodic sound puts vocals in the forefront.
Kronos Quartet (US)
A string quartet unlike any other. With over 50 recordings made in the past 40 years, this group continues to push the envelope.
The musical equivalent of an ice-cream sundae with sprinkles and a cherry on top, this pop songstress with an electronic sound hits the spot.
Bedroom Community (IS)
A collective of composers and musicians from around the world, the ambitious and quirky group will be joined by the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra at their concert/conversation/10-year anniversary celebration. A little something for everyone!
A sixteen piece, all-female rap group from Reykjavík. Need we say more?
Surprise! Björk´s participation in Airwaves was just announced a couple of weeks ago. Originally only one show was scheduled, but it sold out so quickly that a second was added. Be warned: it requires a separate ticket apart from the festival pass.