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Iceland Airwaves 2018 by Jeff Obermeyer

I still remember our first Iceland Airwaves like it was yesterday. My wife and I landed at Keflavík in darkness after an overnight flight from Seattle, and when we stepped outside to board the bus to Reykjavík, we were greeted with rain attacking us at a 45-degree angle as the wind blew in off the Atlantic, half-soaking us before we could scramble on board. Welcome to Iceland in October! That was in 2009, and we’ve been back for every Airwaves since. Over the years, we’ve approached Airwaves in many different ways. We’ve rented cars so we could go do touristy stuff; we’ve done enough record shopping to get us on a first-name basis with more than one shop owner; and we’ve made a tradition of soaking at the Blue Lagoon on Sundays. But at the end of the day, Airwaves is about the music, and one of the things we’ve… Keep Reading

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Major Pink’s ‘Hope’ won in Miami

Icelandic art conquers the United States. Even better, the Icelandic art made by an alternative electronic pop/rock band Major Pink conquers the United States. The band’s video for song ´Hope´ received an award for ´Best Editing: Music Video´ at the WideScreen Film & Music Video Festival in Miami, Florida, earlier this year. Congratulations! The project kicked off in 2012 first as a duo consisting of Gunnar Ingi and Daníel Guðnason. After their participation in Músíktilraunir they teamed up with famous Barði Jóhannsson (Bang Gang, Starwalker) who produced their first single in August 2014, called ´Hope´, which made the charts right away. Watch the awarded video below: Facebook Instagram (more…) Keep Reading

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Magic of Indridi

There's something absolutely magic about singles from up-coming album of Indridi. Rising into public awareness through the overdriven might of his guitar playing with Icelandic punk-hardcore kings Muck, as a solo artist Indridi has found his songwriting developing into sparse, tactile and magical territory. This newfound aesthetic of softly woven acoustic guitar, voice, and subtle arrangements began its path on his 2016 debut Makril, and now, through ding ding, is elevated to a deeply touching new level of melancholic and delicate expression. Check out 'December' and give a listen to 'Amma' <3 Ding Dong is out on May 18th! Keep Reading

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Lizardfest 2018

Are 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… Keep Reading

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ISSUE 03 IS OUT TODAY

ISSUE 03 IS OUT ON WEDNESDAY, PRE-ORDER IT NOW!! Our new issue celebrates the darkness of winter and introduces you to Icelandic post-rock’s variety, since it’s the best music to fill gloomy days with atmosphere during this season. This time, we’re focusing on Stafrænn Hákon, GlerAkur, Katla., VAR and, of course, Sigur Rós. Additionally, we present Elíza Newman and Mosi as rays of sunshine in the middle of winter. The third issue of Reykjavík On Stage also reflects the best way to experience music and a great way to beat the winter blues – live shows. We’ve all been counting the days until the upcoming Icelandic shows. Let’s start with the fever of Iceland Airwaves Music Festival caught by the lens of Marcus Getta. Then we got involved in waiting for Kaleo to come on stage in Russia and SÓLSTAFIR in Poland and Germany, where 11.01.1978 followed the band step by step. But we didn’t just explore those music feasts in the midst of winter. Juliette Rowland also presented the first very special edition of Norður og niður festival in pictures. In addition, we had a peek on the other side of the fence of live performances as Egill Björnsson of VAR shared his story of touring Japan. It wouldn't happen without music of other wonderful artists such as: Epic Rain, FM Belfast, Kira Kira, MIMRA, Pink Street Boys, aYia, Bára Gísladóttir, SEINT and WARMLAND. Cover photo by Ómar Sverrisson (Ólafur Örn Josephsson of Stafrænn Hákon and many others). Great pleasure to welcome Jeff Obermeyer of Life in the Vinyl Lane in the writers team! Thanks for making it happen again to Bartek Wilk, Wim Van Hooste and Aleksandra Tskhovrebova. Graphic design and all the care in the final phase in hands of Anna Wilk. Takk fyrir okkur í Reykjavík On Stage <3 Keep Reading

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Watch Ingunn Huld’s new video!

Ingunn Huld released last month a new song ‘Splendid’ and shared a video for the song! The clip was filmed by Birkir Ásgeirsson. Ingunn Huld is a singer/songwriter from Reykjavík who studies at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Her debut album, entitled Fjúk, was released in late 2015 and contains 11 songs in Icelandic. She studied jazz singing but her music spines mostly around indie-folk-pop or dramatic ballads about life. Currently Ingunn Huld works on the new material in English and ‘Splendind’ is the first taste of it. Let’s have a listen to a bit wistful song with a spirit full of hope and Ingunn´s peaceful voice. (more…) Keep Reading

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MIMRA released Sinking Island

The Reykjavík singer, producer and composer MIMRA offers powerful and dramatic album Sinking Island with bold and rich arranged electro-acoustic folk pop and stunning voice. The album contains twelve original compositions and delivers intense inner energy. Sinking Island had been created over a few years when María Magnúsdóttir, a brain behind MIMRA, lived in the Netherlands and England. Eventually the album became her master thesis in Popular Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. María Magnúsdóttir has been active on the local music scene for a several years. Her solo début album was out in 2007 to rave reviews. On her latest album, Sinking Island, MIMRA captures themes of love, heartache, anger and happiness. She carves her own space between electronic vibes and multi-layered classic arrangements for a full band. From the very first song of the album, Our Great Escape, MIMRA grabs attention with her wide range of voice and… Keep Reading

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Go through The Four Doors Of The Mind with Dynfari

Do you feel like you need something meaningful? The newest album of Dynfari, The Four Doors Of The Mind, is very complex and weaves gracefully between black metal and post-rock. It also proves that music written from the bottom of the heart will pull the right strings in the listener. So breathe in, go and get mesmerized by Dynfari. It´s June 10th. A bit more than two years has passed and I’m waiting again for another important moment in the history of Dynfari. The release show of their 4th album The Four Doors Of The Mind kicks off in only a few minutes. Could it take place in a more proper space than Gaukurinn? The answer is: no. I’m standing there close to the curtain, which divides bar and gig zone, and I´m feeling almost like being on the other side of the mirror. Excitement of beginning my journey through… Keep Reading

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