The musical festival Iceland Airwaves kicks off this Wednesday, bringing a host of exciting acts to a variety of intimate venues across the capital. Those without tickets, however, will be keen to know just what else there is to do in the city. So, without further ado, just what are the top things to do in Reykjavík this week?

Monday 5th November

Come Talk Funny – English Stand Up Comedy – Gaukurinn – Free

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Hosted at the drag/heavy metal bar Gaukurinn, Come Talk Funny is a long-running comedy show in English, showcasing some of the most hilarious professional and upcoming stand-ups in the country. With acts including Nick Jameson—famously a member of the seventies boogie rock band, Foghat, as well as an acclaimed voice actor—this is one event that fans of comedy will not want to miss!

Tuesday 6th November

Open Mic Night – The English Pub – Free

Fancy yourself as a budding singer-songwriter? Then why not head down to Reykjavik’s famed English Pub, located at Austurstræti 12, where you can sing out your favourite songs to a room full of willing listeners? The event is hosted by Icelandic musician Addi Friðriks and runs from 10 PM until 1 AM, thus promising an evening rich with merriment, mouth-watering beverages and foot-stomping tunes.

Wednesday 7th November

Iceland Airwaves Kicks Off!

It’s that time of year again, when one of the country’s most acclaimed musical festivals, Iceland Airwaves, begins a new run, exhibiting over four days the very best local and international artists to an audience hungry for the latest in electro, pop, rock n roll and hip-hop. Having originally begun as a one-off event hosted in an airport hangar, Iceland Airwaves has gone from strength to strength, celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2018 with a vibrant new line-up, including the likes of AmabAdamA, Godchilla, Moses Hightower and countless more.

Thursday 8th November

Prump i Paradis – Bíó Paradís – 1600 ISK per ticket.

Prump í Paradís (‘Fart in Paradise’) is hosted by infamous Icelandic cartoonist, Hugleikur Dagsson, who presents some of the best worst movies to have ever hit our screens at Reykjavík’s favourite quirky cinema, Bíó Paradís. This week sees the Wayans brothers’ misplaced comedy, ‘White Chicks’ (2004) filth up the screen with its crass sense of humour, blatant stereotypes and haphazard dialogue. Make sure to come along and sneer with the rest of us! Tremendous!

Friday 9th November

Reykjavík Burlesque Kabarett – National Theatre – 3900 ISK per ticket.

Photo Credit: Leifur Wilberg Orrason

One of the city’s raunchier events, the Reykjavík Kabarett, brings burlesque, drag, magic, and circus skills to an entirely new level by incorporating humour and visual flair as a way of cementing Icelandic vaudeville on the world stage. This adults-only show runs weekly performances in the basement of the National Theatre and is often sold out, so make sure to book your tickets early.

Saturday 10th November

Airwaves Family Day, Nordic House – Free

Iceland Airwaves is not just a festival for adults, as this fun and child-friendly event at the Nordic House on Saturday proves. From noon until the afternoon, kids will have the opportunity to let loose in an experimental musical playground; they will try their hands at acoustic and electronic instruments, take part in an open-mic session with professional musicians, and dance the hours away in a family rave. Fancy dress costumes are highly recommended for children and parents alike.

Sunday 11th November

Jazz Night – Bryggjan Brugghús – Free

Photo Credit: Bryggjan Brugghús Facebook.

Who doesn’t like jazz music? Well, lots of people to be honest, but for those who do, Sunday nights see the very best musicians perform, experiment and improvise their way through the genre. Bryggjan Brugghús is an independent bistro and brewery located by the Old Harbour in Reykjavík and is a strong favourite among connoisseurs of craft ales, rich wines and authentic and delicious Icelandic cuisine.