That’s it, the last evening of this amazing music festival, Sónar Reykjavík. I wanted to make the most of it, so maybe I saw too many things, sometimes only one song by each artist. There’s just so much to see, soo many different artists. I think people often think that this electronic festival is all the same but really, the variety is huge.
When I arrived, Sturla Atlas was starting. Along with Retro Stefson brothers, Logi Pedro and Unnsteinn Manuel, the band was great and I just rally loved their voices. Their live performance was really energetic and the crowd was loving it. They made good use of the stage area and made the crowd sing along. Overall, a great and professional performance, and even one new song!
I also took a quick look at others like Annie Mac, Rix and Hudson Mohawke. I enjoyed all those shows, and everybody else, as it seems. The crowd was dancing to the good electronic music, and happiness was in the air.
Úlfur Úlfur were my favourite performance of this evening. They were so energetic! They had one new song which I really liked and of course played some of their older songs that never get tired. Hrafnkell from Agent fresco was on drums, and, a nice surprise, in the middle of the performance, Arnór Dan from the same band joined in. With his angelic voice, if I can say so, he took a solo in one song giving everybody (I assume) in the audience goose bumps. They played great songs, good atmosphere, everyone singing along, and ended with a bang with Brennum allt featuring Kött Grá Pje. When you have so many talented artists on stage at the same time, things can’t go wrong.
Thinking back on these last three days, I was very satisfied with Sónar Reykjavík 2016. Although it’s a music festival, focusing on creativity, technology and diverse good artists, there’s a lot more to it. Being in the beautiful surroundings in Harpa Concert Hall, seeing all the people and enjoying the company of good friends is just as important as the music. Icelandersare a small nation, we always meet someone we know, which is a big part of going to events. As for the people coming from abroad to Sónar, I can imagine that is must be a great experience to get a chance to meet some new and exciting people. The festival seemed to go very well, I especially noticed that there was such a good flow, no waiting to get into the concert halls, and all the people were happy and no one was fighting. I’m looking forward to February next year, that’s for sure!