Reykjavík’s most popular music festival, Iceland Airwaves, has unveiled the first line-up of artists to play this year, including the likes of Mac DeMarco, Moses Hightower and The Howl & Hum.

Now in its 21st year, Iceland Airwaves will take place from the 6th-9th November 2019 across the capital, showcasing some of the very best contemporary acts from around the world.


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The festival began in 1999 as a one-off event in a hangar at Reykjavík Domestic Airport; today, it is one of the most highly anticipated music festivals in Europe, with a reputation for kick-starting the careers of countless acts.

Brooklyn born indie rocker Mac DeMarco is the biggest name so far announced, alongside British rock band, Shame, and US-based soul outfit, Whitney. Nordic acts scheduled to make an appearance include Icelandic pop singers such as GDRN and Elín Sif, bondage-clad rockers Hatari and hardcore metalheads, Une Misère.


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Here is the full list of acts to grace the Iceland Airwaves stage in 2019.

Alexandra Stréliski (CA) | Amanda Tenfjord (NO) | Anna of the North (NO) | Aron Can | Auðn | Auður | Berndsen | Between Mountains | Boy Azooga (UK) | CeaseTone | Elín Sif | GDRN | Georgia (UK) | Grísalappalísa | Hatari | Hildur | IamHelgi | Mac DeMarco (CA) |Matthildur | Moses Hightower | Murkage Dave (UK) | Pavvla (ES) |Shame (UK) | SONS (BE) | The Garrys (US) | The Howl & The Hum (UK) | Une Misère | Vök | Warmland | Whitney (US)

A single ticket ensures four days and nights of local and international music held in a variety of venues, from art galleries and restaurants to churches and concert halls. As the northernmost music showcase in the world, sponsor Icelandair is offering travel packages that include a festival pass, flight and optional hotel.

Icelandic duo, Between Mountains, will be returning to Iceland Airwaves for 2019. Credit: Between Mountains Facebook.

Of this year’s festival, Head of Marketing and Operations for Iceland Airwaves, Will Larnach-Jones, commented to music magazine NME:

2019 builds on last year’s mission – to return to the ‘heart’ of the festival and shine a light on the world’s best-emerging talent, local stars and interesting artists – all within the warm, electric atmosphere of downtown Reykjavik. Whether you’re a budding gig goer or a seasoned industry professional, Iceland Airwaves is hands down the best long weekend for music lovers there is.


Have you attended Iceland Airwaves in the past, or are you planning to visit this year? If so, which acts are you most excited about? Make sure to stay tuned for the latest announcements from Iceland Airwaves this year and feel free to leave your thoughts in the Facebook comments box below.