Unfortunate news was released yesterday that the Sónar Music Festival in Reykjavík, which was planned for this month, has been cancelled due to the collapse of WOW Air. So, what can you do instead?
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On their website, the group organising the festival (StubHub) states,
“Dear Fan, We regret to inform you that due to causes beyond the control of StubHub, Sónar Reykjavik has unfortunately been cancelled this year.”
The StubHub group have offered to refund the full cost of tickets to anyone who was planning on attending the festival.
The refunds will take up to 14 working days to be processed. To claim a refund, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before April 25.
The festival was set to kick off on April 25th and continue for three days. Annually it brings thousands of festival goers to Iceland, so what can these music fans get up to instead?
We’ve put together a list of other concert options to make your trip worth it despite Sónar being cancelled.
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I Never Went South Music Festival April 19 & 20, Isafjordur
This music festival is the brainchild of a father and son team of musicians. Aldrei fór ég suður (I never went south) started as a conversation between Papamaug and Mugison in a London pub.
The pair are both natives to Iceland’s Westfjords region and were interested in the idea of creating a music festival that celebrates local artists. The name of the festival stems from the notion that musicians in the Westfjords often need to move south to Reykjavík to seek a career.
When the father/son duo returned to Iceland in the summer of 2003, they were surprised to find that everyone they mentioned their idea to was into it. They called a few industry professionals and suddenly had a music festival on their hands.
Over the years since it was established, I Never Went South has become a massive celebration of music in Iceland. Artists at the top of their game join the festivities each year to support the local acts, and the best part is that this festival is always free of charge to all.
You can get to Ísafjörður via a quick flight from Reykjavík, and the town has a range of accommodation options available.
The Proclaimers at Harpa 15 April 20:30 8.800 kr – 12.600 kr
You’ve already walked 500 miles to get to Reykjavík, so why not walk a few more feet to see these legends in concert. The Proclaimers are one of the most famous pop bands to come out of Scotland, but they were pretty famous in Iceland first.
Over 30 years ago, Iceland was the first nation to get their song ‘I’m gonna be (500 miles)’ to the number 1 spot of the pop charts, and now they’re coming to Harpa Concert Hall.
Reykjavík is pretty much 1000 miles from Edinburgh so the serendipity alone should fill the house.
The Wall, a tribute to Pink Floyd at Harpa, 12 April, 19:30 5.990 kr – 12.990 kr
Iceland’s most successful Pink Floyd concept act ‘Dúndurfréttir’ are going to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of ‘The Wall’.
The band will play the record-breaking album in its entirety followed by an encore featuring some of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits.
Jesus Christ Superstar in concert at Harpa, 18 April, 19:30 7.990 kr – 12.990 kr
A cast of some of Iceland’s best-known singers brings back their highly acclaimed rendition of the musical catalogue of one of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most celebrated musical theatre pieces.
This event is ideal for those who love a bit of musical theatre with a rock spirit.
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Mark the messenger at Hardrock Cafe 19 April, 21:00, Free
This progressive pop band from the Faroe Islands formed in 2018 and have sought to change the reputation of Faroese music as downbeat and introverted.
Their sound is a mixture of progressive pop and funk fused with jazz with an ambition to make music that is both interesting to play and listen to. They’re coming to Iceland and playing at the incredible venue Hard Rock Café Basement.
Lucy in Blue Album Release party at Húrra, April 20, 21:00, 2000 kr
Icelandic psychedelic rock band ‘Lucy in Blue’ release their new album ‘In Fight’ on April 12 and are celebrating with a launch party at the home of alt music in Iceland, Húrra. The band will play their new album in its entirety and according to a quote from the band themselves, “This album is good.”