Iceland Airwaves begins today, November 7th, in Reykjavik marking the twentieth anniversary of one of the country’s most exciting, diverse and highly anticipated music festivals. 

Spanning four days, this year’s festival promises to showcase the very best local and international artists across a variety of venues in the city. In previous years, Iceland Airwaves has served as a foot-in-the-door for many upcoming acts, subsequently becoming one of the most exciting events in which to discover the latest music and even the superstars of the future.

Upcoming overseas acts include the likes of US punk band, The Voidz, UK indie-trio The Orielles and the Danish R&B outfit, Scarlet Pleasure. Those representing Icelandic home soil consist of such performers as rapper Sturla Atlas, fan-favourites Agent Fresco and the rough-edged rock titans, Mammút. Of course, this is only a handful of the hundreds of acts taking to the stage this year.

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In previous years, Iceland Airwaves has seen such notable international acts as Fatboy Slim, Yoko Ono, Florence and the Machine, The Kills, Sinead O’Connor and Kaiser Chiefs. The biggest names in Icelandic music have also paid their dues, including the likes of GusGus, Sigur Rós and the country’s Queen of experimental pop, Björk.

Agent Fresco is just one of the beloved Icelandic acts to grace the stage at this year’s Iceland Airwaves festival. Photo Credit: Agent Fresco Facebook.

Iceland Airwaves is sponsored by the City of Reykjavik and, previously, Icelandair, the latter of whom sponsored the first festival in 1999 in a domestic airport hangar. In February 2018, the festival was purchased by Sena Live, a subsidiary of one of the country’s largest production companies.

Naturally, a paid wristband is required for many of the shows, however there are numerous off-venue concerts free to attend throughout the city, meaning that nobody need miss out on the colourful festival spirit!

Make sure to check out our Ultimate Iceland Airwaves Playlist on Spotify below, and make sure to let us know who your favourite artists are playing the festival this year. To learn more, check out Iceland Airwaves’ official website.