Iceland Airwaves 2017

Iceland Airvawes Music Festival time is here again.  The dates for this years festival are November 1st-5th.   Reykjavik City and Akureyri town  will be vibrating  with music.

The Iceland Airwaves festival was founded by Icelandair in 1999. The first Iceland Airwaves was supposed to be a one time only gig, with five bands performing. The venue was an old hangar at Reykjavík Airport. The event was a big success and has been on every autumn since then. 

The set-up for  the 19th Icelandairwaves 2017 will change. The organizers have decided to emphazie on quality rather than numbers and there will be fewer bands playing.

The festival this year has been extended to Akureyri town up in North Iceland in co-operation with the founding sponsor Icelandair and Air Iceland Connect.

Inhabitants of Akureyri town are slighty less then 19.000.  The twenty plus performers, both Icelandic and international, will play at 2-3 official venues and a few off-venue shows.

During the last eighteem  years, Iceland Airwaves festival has become internationally acclaimed -  a venue for upcoming Icelandic artists and new international bands.  Todays festival attracts thousands of visitors looking for new,  fresh and dynamic music and besides visiting the popular  sites of Iceland.  The Rolling Stone music magazine calls the festival “the hippiest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar” (David Fricke).

Last years festivals have been large, with big numbers of bands performing. To mention a few;  Fatboy Slim, the Shapes, Sinèad O´Connor, FM Belfast have all been here.    The Icelandic bands Sigur Rós, GusGus, Of Monsters and Men and múm, already known on the music scene outside Iceland, have all performed at Iceland Airwaves. 

For information about packets, a list of the  Icelandairwaves bands and artists, the line-up and how to buy tickets, check  the festivals site

The Icelandic Music scene has been developing rapidly over the last three decades, both classical, modern, digital, r&b and more.   For more information about this read the Icelandic Music Scene blog here.