Feature: Our Guide to Iceland Airwaves 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Photo by Gordon Nicholas

Iceland Airwaves is fast-approaching and we can’t wait to make our way up north to catch the world’s best dominate in Reykjavík. Taking place between November 6th to November 9th, the festival will host over 130 artists from 20+ countries, including local artists Nina Las Vegas and Hachiku. Though the festival is hosting big names like Mac DeMarco, Whitney and Shame, they’re also passionate about giving emerging artists a platform to showcase their music to the world.

Below, we take you through some of the artists that we’re excited to catch live in Reykjavík next month.

Orville Peck:
Enigmatic masked artist Orville Peck has been 2019’s most talked-about country artists. His mesmerising debut album Pony is home to moving ballads that reflect on heartache, revenge and everything in-between — it’s a special offering and we can’t wait to see his songs come to life in Iceland.

Wednesday, November 6th – Reykjavík Art Museum – 10:10pm to 11:00pm

Hatari is on a mission to dismantle capitalism, hate and greed one song at a time. They dominated Eurovision this year, showcasing their unique fusion of electronica, trance and punk to the world. We’re certain their live show will be a festival highlight.

Friday, November 8th – Reykjavík Art Museum – 10:50pm to 11:30pm
Saturday, November 9th – Gaukurinn – 2:00am to 3:00am

Boy Azooga:
We had the chance to catch Boy Azooga put on an unforgettable set at SXSW this year and we’re looking forward to catching one of Cardiff’s best do it all over again.

Thursday, November 7th – Kex Hostel – 10:20pm to 11:00pm

We first stumbled across Otha last year and we’re itching to catch her live. She recently shared her new single ‘Tired and Sick’ and we’re absolutely obsessed with the single. Otha is going to take over the world in 2020 and we’re ready.

Saturday, November 9th – Kex Hotel – 9:20pm to 10:00pm

It’s been a little while since Shame gifted the world with new tunes and we’re hoping they’ll share a sneaky taste of what they’ve been cooking up — if not, we’ll take whatever they dish out. Bring it on.

Thursday, November 7th – Gamla Bíó – 12:20am to 1:00am

The Icelandic LA-based artist is certainly one-to-watch. She pairs doses of R&B with alt-pop, topped with exquisite vocals and she’s truly magical.

Wednesday, November 6th – Hressingarskálinn – 9:00pm to 9:40pm

Signed to Milk! Records, Detroit-born and German-raised artist Hachiku now calls Melbourne home. Personal and reflective, her music leaves you with goosebumps each time that you hit play.

Friday, November 8th – Hressingarskálinn – 9:20pm to 10:00pm

Just Mustard:
Our first ever introduction to Just Mustard was their enthralling single ‘Frank’. The band from Ireland have a knack for creating music that’s hauntingly beautiful.

Friday, November 8th – Gaukurinn – 7:50pm to 8:30pm

Montreal-based band Pottery defies the laws of genre and instead create something that’s entirely their own. It’s a sound that’s designed to play live and we’re sure they’re going to be the talk of Reykjavík.

Saturday, November 9th – Gaukurinn – 12:00am to 12:40am

W. H. Lung:
Released back in April, W. H. Lung’s album Incidental Music spans eight tracks of experimental goodness. Each time we listen to W. H. Lung, we enter a trance that we never want to leave.

Saturday, November 9th – Gaukurinn – 10:00pm to 10:40pm

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

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