Dark Music Days Festival (Myrkir Músíkdagar) will be held this year from 26th January to the 2nd February, offering guests the opportunity to listen to new Icelandic music as well as see a few international acts.

The festival takes place each January, having done so annually since its establishment in the 1980s by the Iceland Composer’s Society. This makes Dark Music Days one of the longest-running music festivals in Iceland’s history.


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Initially, the festival was created as a means for Icelandic composers to showcase their latest compositions, though this has since expanded to include international artists, as well as new techniques in contemporary music.

Domestic acts include the likes of Heiða Árnadóttir, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra, Dúplum Dúó, and the Iceland Guitar Trio.


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From overseas, expect the UK’s The Riot Ensemble and Zoë Martlew, as well as Neko3 from Denmark, among others. Aside from the music, there will be a number of conferences held, including a conversation with the Icelandic composer, Anna Thorvaldsdóttir. There is even a children’s concert on the final day of the festival.

Over recent years, the Dark Music Days are held at Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, one of the most recognisable cultural landmarks to be found in Iceland’s capital city.

The festival will also utilise smaller venues, including Húrra bar, Iðnó theatre, The Nordic House, and Hallgrímskirkja Lutheran Church. A full list of this year’s chosen venues and acts can be found on the Dark Music Days official website.


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