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Lizardfest 2018

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lizardfest 2018Are you in Reykjavík on May 15th and have no plans for the evening? Let Lizardfest suck you in! It’s a rock music festival that takes place at the well-known concert venue Gaukurinn (Tryggvagata 22). The festival is held to honour the memory of Bjarni Jóhannes Ólafsson, who was the frontman of stoner/party rock band Churchhouse Creepers. They flooded it’s way into the Icelandic music scene like a tsunami in 2015.

Bjarni had been figthing depression and anxiety for some years, and lost that battle in April 2017, nevertheless, we want to keep this awesome party going (that he started), like Bjarni himself would have wanted wrote Dagur Atlason, member of Churchhouse Creepers, in the statement about the event. We´ve managed to put together a pretty awesome line-up with bands consisting with most of his best friends including one of his all time favourite band, Elder which was founded in 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts. They have since then released five LP´s, demos and EP´s. Elder has marked their name in the scene over the last years and built up a fan base all around the world, so having them over to Reykjavík is pretty big to us, you can surely say that it is in the spirit of Bjarni because he was all about going big or going home.

Come on down to Gaukurinn at 19:00 on 15th of May and join the party!

First on stage is the punk/sludge band Döpur, consisting of Krummi (Mínus, Legend and more), his fiancée Linnea and drummer Frosti, setting the tone for the night with loud, crusty guitar, grinding bass and bashing drums.

Followed by the stoner/rock band Volcanova making the loud louder with riffs bigger than Matt Pike‘s belly. Check out their single below and brace yourself, their LP is coming!

Up next is Godchilla with their atmospheric melodies and their newly released LP Hypnopolis, which you should check out.

Talking about LPs you should check out, fourth in line is the hardcore/punk band from the depths of Norðurland Eystra, Grit Teeth. The band released their first LP, Let it Be, in 2017. 17 minutes of pure madness. Hardcore dance your way into the night.

Fifth in line is a project fresh out of the oven, Dead Coyote. A band founded by members of Churchhouse Creepers, Dagur and Geiri. After the passing of Bjarni, eager to continue to perform, the band members couldn‘t think of replacing this iconic guitar god. So they decided to continue this journey as a duo.

Elder will then be closing the night with a live performance you shouldn‘t miss.

Don‘t hesitate, get your tickets on tix.is for only 2500 kr. and help keeping the party going!

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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