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Iceland Airwaves ’16 Off-Venue — Our Favourites! —

Iceland Airwaves ’16 is coming up and we’re so excited! WE, of course, recommend you get a ticket to the festival but if you can’t for some reason or the other, don’t fret! If you’re in Reykjavík during the festival, you’re going to have your chance to hear some of the great music that fills the city at the Iceland Airwaves ’16 Off-Venue schedule!

When I say that music fills the city, I mean it. The off-venue shows aren’t limited to bars and cafés with stages – they’re everywhere! Whether you’re out buying records, going to a museum, going to the library, or simply getting a hot dog, you’ll encounter live music!

I encourage you to take a look around, you’ll most likely have a happy surprise, maybe even discover a new favourite artist. If you prefer to plan ahead, we’ve gathered a list of the places with the best off-venue programme. Most of the Off-Venue programs last until the official shows start but there are still a few places that offer live concerts well into the night.

All off-venue shows are free!

Iceland Airwaves Off-Venue - Bar Ananas

Bar Ananas

This tropical themed cocktail bar in the middle of the northernmost capital in the world seems like an anomaly but it works! Programme ranges from intimate to intense to reggae!

Bryggjan Brugghús

Bryggjan is part bar, part restaurant, and part brewery. Not only do they have a solid off-venue schedule, they’re also making a festival beer – IPAirwaves!

Iceland Airwaves Off-Venue - Bryggjan Brugghús
Iceland Airwaves Off-Venue - Nordic House

Nordic House

This architectural marvel, designed by Alvar Aalto, is a Nordic cultural centre, so of course they’re showcasing some of Scandinavia (and Iceland’s) best!

Kex Hostel

This hipster hostel has an impressive line-up for the Airwaves with some of the festival’s key players gracing their stage. Perfect for dinner and some music!

Iceland Airwaves Off-Venue - Kex Hostel
Iceland Airwaves Off-Venue - Lucky Records

Lucky Records

The good people of Lucky Records record store know their music! Your afternoon listening time is in good hands with them.

Loft Hostel

This bright and airy hostel bar is a great place to spend an afternoon. Not only will it have great music, it also has the best foosball table in town!

Iceland Airwaves Off-Venue - Loft Hostel
Iceland Airwaves Off-Venue - Dillon


Dillon is the no frills gritty rock bar you’ve been dreaming of. Despite the surroundings, their programme is diverse and best of all, it goes till late!

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