Trying my best to go back to a routine, I got sick right before the Culture Night. Right in time, isn’t it? But it reminds me the best memory from this annual festivity – gigs in the banana jungle in the backyard of Laugavegur 58b (shout out to Birgir of Godchilla and Antimony for organizing it!). Then I was half alive with sore throat and fever but who cares, how could I miss out such an event. This year I took the Culture Night way easily and experienced pure awesomeness.
Whenever I want to get right in a party mood, I need to listen to Icelandic rap – Úlfur Úlfur – that I fell in love with thanks to my dear old flatmate Fríða. The Culture Night 2016 is officially their night. I had seen this duo three time out of their four performances of that day and, moreover, that was a total coincidence in 2 of 3 cases, but how lucky I am! In late 2015 they released their second album Tvær Plánetur that was hailed the Album of The Year 2016 at the 2016 Icelandic listening awards. No matter if they play for 20 people or for way more than 2000 – they are totally immersed in their passion and perform the best they can.
Maybe Heiðrik is not an Icelander of blood and fresh but he is based in Reykjavík and has been involved into Icelandic music scene. This musician and director, who is originally from Faroe Islands, has recorded here his newest album entitled Funeral. So finally happened that I can see his performance with a guitarist playing Heiðrik´s emotional a bit filmy and jazzy music. Heiðrik in black and a microphone stand – that’s all we need to be charmed totally. His voices dabs us softly. You close your eyes and suddenly you sit surrounded by darkness and a cloud of cigarettes’ smoke in a small concert room with round tables where Heiðrik stands in a spotlight. Definitely check him out tomorrow at Húrra where he has a release show! No need to worry cause he comes unarmed…
And at the end, I need to mention an important part of Icelandic music history – HAM. Their show in the backyard of Bar11 was the crowning moment of the Culture Night 2016 to me. This legendary band wiped me off the face of the earth and it hasn’t been the first time they did it. Actually, I realized that every time I see HAM I can only explain this experience in huge words. Exceptional. If you want me to be happy as a little bundle, take me to HAM show and I will be one of those screaming throats in an audience that has became so age diversed (hell yeah!). So, there comes a new rule of my life to keep on going: at least once per year see HAM live. We are HAM.