Review: Iceland Airwaves 2019 Day Two – ft. Shame, Mac DeMarco & Georgia

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Reykjavík might be approaching winter, but it’s easy to ignore the cold when you’ve got good tunes to keep you toasty warm. As we approach the midway point of Iceland Airwaves, the festival is heating up in a huge way. Night two in Iceland saw us witness Georgia, Mac DeMarco and Shame live-in-action.

After catching Georgia live, we’re convinced that she’s a wizard – it’s no easy task recreating the intricacy of her sound in a live setting, but she does it all whilst interacting with the crowd at a high level. Along with showcasing her masterful ability to multi-task, she was humble and thankful for the crowd's support, noting that she’s been dreaming of playing the Reykjavík Art Museum stage after appearing with Kwes a few years ago. Georgia’s enthralling set included her mega-single 'About Work The Dancefloor' and the lush sounds of 'Never Let You Go'.

Also appearing at Reykjavík Art Museum last night was the much loved Mac Demarco. Plagued by a couple of microphone issues before kicking things off, he bounced back very quickly treating the crowd to his sultry tune 'On The Level' and the incredibly catchy ‘Salad Days' early on. Along with sounding very close to perfect during his entire set, he brought his infectious trademark goofiness to the stage. His performance ended with 'Chamber of Reflection' and 'Still Together' who Mac dedicated to an Icelandic fan and his girlfriend. His fans are passionate, but justifiably so, he’s insanely talented and his live shows are a testament of this.

Backed by visuals of Reykjavík's city behind them, UK band Shame put on a roaring and high-powered display. Playing to a packed out room that was overflowing with revellers, the crowd were ready to let loose and Shame were just as keen to put on a memorable show. Their set was packed with frenzied moments and there’s no denying why they’re one of the best post-punk bands around right now.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)
Photos by Kristy Smolcic (folio)