ICELAND AIRWAVES FESTIVAL
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.