According to the old Icelandic calendar, the last of the winter months is upon us. Now that the snow in Reykjavík has melted, spring doesn’t seem like such a distant dream. This week we’ve got a list of events including live music and comedy to lift your spirits.
Monday 25th February
This Time with Alan Partridge, Secret Cellar, Lækjargata 6a. 20:00. FREE.
Reykjavík’s only full-time comedy club is hosting a screening of Steve Coogan’s new show, This Time with Alan Partridge. The comic character Alan Partridge, portrayed by Coogan, has delighted the UK and the world since his first appearance on BBC Radio 4 in 1991. He has since appeared on television, in live shows, in his own feature film, and published a memoir.
Partridge is a hilarious parody of British radio and television presenters. In this new television escapade, Partridge returns to host a show that spoofs BBC’s The One Show. There is sure to be much laughter and merriment at the Secret Cellar and the bar will, of course, be open.
Tuesday 26th February
Scrubs Pub Quiz, Bravó, Laugavegur 22. 21:00.
The phenomenal sit-com/hospital drama Scrubs ran for nine seasons in the early 2000s and remains one of the most binge-worthy TV shows of all time. This Tuesday, the bar Bravó are hosting a pub quiz all about the hilarious staff at Sacred Heart Hospital. Go test your knowledge on J.D., Turk, Carla, Dr. Cox, Elliot and everyone’s favourite, the Janitor. The winners are awarded alcohol for their efforts!
Wednesday 27th February
Miami Jazz Nights, Miami, Hverfisgata 33. 22:00. FREE.
If Jazz is just what you need to keep your spirits up in the middle of the week, then downtown dive Miami has you covered. Their jazz nights return this Wednesday and are not to be missed. Expect a surprising mix of jazzed up pop and smooth ragtime standards. Wash the musical stylings down with a martini or mojito at this stylish and cosy cocktail bar.
Thursday 28th February
Hardcore at Húrra, Húrra, Tryggvagata 22. 20:00. 1000 ISK.
Húrra is hosting a hardcore punk feast on Thursday which means the self-proclaimed dance bar will turn into a mosh-pit meeting point for the evening. The bands performing are: xGADDAVÍRx, ROHT, Dead Herring and Grit Teeth. Tickets are one thousand krónur at the door: a bargain for such a fantastic hardcore line-up.
Friday 1st March
Drag Karaoke, Loft, Bankastræti 7. 20:00. FREE.
Practice your vocal warm-ups exercises; it’s time for karaoke. This week Loft’s karaoke night has an extra special guest host, Iceland’s reigning Drag Queen Gógó Starr. When it comes to karaoke it doesn’t matter whether you’re completely tone-deaf or a master of complete vocal technique as long as you feel fabulous; you’re doing it right. Go grab that mic and sing your heart out.
Saturday 2nd March
Eurovision Boycott Concert, Húrra, Tryggvagata 22. 20:30. FREE.
Many Icelanders have been outspoken about Iceland’s involvement in Eurovision this year. The Iceland-Palestine Association is hosting a concert on the same night as Iceland decides which entry to send to Tel Aviv in May.
If you too are not watching the final night of the Eurovision preliminaries – for political or other reasons – Húrra is the place to be this Saturday. The bands performing are Stormy Daniels, Bagdad Brothers, Hórmónar and Gróa.
Sunday 3rd March
Seat Filler, Secret Cellar, Lækjargata 6a. 21:00. FREE.
Reykjavík’s one and only live game show takes place every Sunday night at the city’s one and only comedy club, the Secret Cellar. Watch veterans of the Icelandic English-speaking comedy scene compete in a variety of activities, each one fun and surprising. The best part is that you, the audience, get to choose the winners!