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5 reasons why Hatari won Iceland Airwaves

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Iceland Airwaves is like Christmas. You might have no time to be excited for it at all but when the first day finally comes you simply can’t resist enjoying it to the fullest. There were so many bands to see, 60 off-venues locations to discover and after those crazy 7 days – cause I count Iceland Airwaves from Monday til Sunday – I’m the most thankful for discovering HATARI. Luckily, I experienced their performance twice – on the first day of off-venues shows, October 31st, at Kex Hostel and then on the last one, November 6th, before the queen PJ Harvey went on stage. To be honest, it took me a long time to organize proper words to express what my ears heard, eyes saw and other senses processed. 1. It wasn’t even their 10th gig together. The band was formed in 2015 by Klemens Hannigan and Matthías Tryggvi Haraldson. Their first show they played without their mysterious drummer who turned out to be Einar Stéfansson. Later on, as a trio you could see them once again in Reykjavík, at Eistnaflug, Lunga Festival and Norðanpaunk. Wait… do you count with me? Seems like Monday October 31st was their sixthth gig ever… MYRKRAMAKT II by Hatari 2. Mysteries are way more interesting From the very beginning, Hatari appears to be a mystery. Everything is working together on building this impression – their dark punk music, Icelandic lyrics, their image. Their shows are like a ritual. It starts with an uncanny masked

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Stína has followed her passion to Icelandic music as a music journalist since 2010. She joined then a writing team of Muzyka Islandzka - a Polish website dedicated to Icelandic music. Spreading her wings, Stína started her adventure with Icelandic language and moved to Reykjavík where she studied the language at the university. She also takes an active part in life of the local music scene. Since 2014 Stína had run a music blog that was transformed in 2017 into a printed magazine on Icelandic music.

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