ICE­LAND AIR­WAVES FES­TI­VAL

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE MEMING OF LIFE -

Ice­land Air­waves has many rea­sons to cel­e­brate, not least its 20th birth­day, but also be­cause it has stead­fastly con­tin­ued its pol­icy of show­cas­ing new mu­sic. The fes­ti­val be­gan as a one-off event in 1999 at an air­plane hangar at Reyk­javik Air­port. Along­side the mu­sic, which is hosted across the com­pact city in a range of spa­ces – from ma­jor cus­tom-built venues, art mu­se­ums and churches to small bars, book­shops and record stores – there is a mu­sic in­dus­try con­fer­ence/sem­i­nar strand. As much a recog­nised brand as a con­stituent part of the coun­try’s an­nual cul­tural cal­en­dar, this year Ice­land Air­waves fea­tures 240 acts from 25 coun­tries. The ma­jor­ity of per­form­ers are from Ice­land, while in­ter­na­tional acts in­clude Blood Orange, Soc­cer Mommy, Su­per­or­gan­ism, Na­talie Prass, Na­dine Shah and Stereo Honey. Ir­ish acts on the line-up are Fon­taines DC and Re­jjie Snow.

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