TIME IN THE SUN

Of Mon­sters and Men are see­ing their stocks soar in Aus­tralia, with an el­e­vated billing at this year’s Splen­dour in the Grass at By­ron Bay

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Nanna Hil­mars­dot­tir has a beastly ap­petite. The 26-year-old lead singer and gui­tarist from Ice­land widescreen in­die out­fit Of Mon­sters and Men has just de­mol­ished six waf­fles. “It’s a record,” she says proudly. “I feel kinda bad but it was amaz­ing, dried cher­ries in­side the waf­fles and syrup and pink butt-er­rrr. It was crazy,” she says, in­wardly burp­ing.

Nanna’s ap­petite for de­struc­tion could be to do with her band hit­ting the road af­ter fi­nally com­plet­ing their fol­low-up to 2011’s de­but al­bum My Head Is an An­i­mal, the al­to­gether more in­su­lar, still-sta­dium Be­neath the Skin.

Aus­tralia has taken to Of Mon­sters and Men like a bindi to a fore­head; ethe­real cloud­burster Lit­tle Talks took out the No.2 po­si­tion on 2012’s Triple J Hottest 100 and a hands-in-the-air show at Splen­dour In the Grass fol­lowed as did shows at Lol­la­palooza, Bon­na­roo, Coachella, New­port Folk, Osheaga, Glastonbury, Read­ing, Leeds and Pukkelpop.

The five-piece (for­merly six) from Ke­flavik has moved up the bill for this trip to By­ron Bay, co-head­lin­ing with Blur, Florence + the Ma­chine, Mark Ron­son, The Wom­bats and Tame Im­pala. Of Mon­sters and Men will rip down the east coast and ev­ery­where she goes Nanna’s name will be a source of po­lite mock­ery.

‘They call me Nanna in Aus­tralia as well. I am foreverrr the Grand­moth-errr,” she jokes.

Nanna and co. could even re­tire out here one day. “It’s true, Aus­tralia is one of our strong­est mar­kets,” she says.

“It’s al­ways nice when we were play­ing warm places,” Nanna says, try­ing to fig­ure out why we’ve gone wild for her group. “We can thank the sun,” she laughs.

Of Mon­sters and Men, Splen­dour in the Grass, North By­ron Park­lands, July 24

Pic­ture: GETTY IM­AGES

Nanna Hil­mars­dot­tir from Of Mon­sters And Men.

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