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Iceland Airwaves 2021 / 2022
Frequently Asked Questions

Iceland Airwaves 2021 and postponement to 2022

Due to new and ongoing Covid-19 measures imposed by the Icelandic Government, Iceland Airwaves has been postponed to 2022. 

The new dates for the festival will be Wednesday, November 2nd through to Saturday, November 5th, 2022.

After several months of no restrictions, followed by a snap lockdown in response to the Delta variant, new measures just delivered by the local authorities see venues capped at up to 500 people (per section), with obligatory assigned seats, guests not allowed to face each other, and mandatory rapid tests for all guests (within 48 hours of the event). All other events (standing and no tests) are to have no more than 200 people in each section. 

While increasing the seated limit up to 500 and introducing rapid tests is a step in the right direction, these current restrictions render a multi-venue, multi-capacity, standing event, such as Iceland Airwaves impossible to produce. 

Despite Iceland approaching a vaccination rate of over 90%, the Icelandic Government has, to date, not laid out any plan to get large-scale music events started again. It seems these new measures are here for the indefinite future and everything regarding the execution of, and access to the obligatory rapid tests is still unclear. This means that for the time being, planning any all large-scale events in Iceland is not possible.

Even though it is our belief that events like Iceland Airwaves can now be executed in a safe and responsible manner, using all available safety measures, the authorities apparently disagree. 

It goes without saying, the team at Airwaves is devastated to have to move the festival for yet another year. 

For any ticket holders for this year, these are the options available to you:

– If you wish to attend Iceland Airwaves 2022, you do not need to do anything, your ticket for 2021 will still be valid. The same applies if you were kind enough to roll your ticket over from 2020. That is also valid.

– If you wish to have a refund, that is possible as well. In order to receive a refund you need to do the following:

Email info@tix.is

In your subject line enter – REQUEST REFUND ICELAND AIRWAVES

In the body of the email please have the following information

Order number (you can find on your receipt from Tix)

Name on ticket 

You have 2 weeks to apply for a refund, after that time your ticket will rollover to 2022. The date and time to apply for a refund is by Thursday September 16 at 23:59 GMT.

– If you purchased a travel package through Icelandair, they will be in touch with you to organise a refund on your purchase.

We would greatly encourage you to hold onto your ticket. This announcement not only affects Iceland Airwaves, but ALL events, venues and concert houses, production suppliers and tech crews, airlines, hotels, tourism, and most importantly musicians from both Iceland and abroad. Hanging onto your ticket can provide a lifeline to the Icelandic music industry.

In regards to line up for 2022, we hope that most of the bands can join us next year, but news on this will follow shortly, as discussions with each band will be on a case by case basis, contingent on their availability and their needs.

Iceland Airwaves has been postponed to 2022. The new dates are November 2-5, 2022.

After several months of no restrictions, followed by a snap lockdown in response to the Delta variant, new measures just delivered by the local authorities see venues capped at up to 500 people (per section), with obligatory assigned seats and mandatory rapid tests for all guests (within 48 hours of the event). All other events (standing and no tests) are to have no more than 200 people in each section.
 
While increasing the seated limit up to 500 and introducing rapid tests is a step in the right direction, these current restrictions render a multi-venue, multi-capacity, standing event, such as Iceland Airwaves impossible to produce.
 
Despite Iceland approaching a vaccination rate of over 90%, the Icelandic Government has, to date, not laid out any plan to get large scale music events started again. And from what we understand, these new measures are here for the indefinite future, meaning that most or all large scale events in Iceland will not be able to proceed in the near future.

The new dates will be November 2-5, 2022.

You can either hold on to your ticket, or get a refund. See ticketing questions below.

If you wish to have a refund, that is possible until Thursday, September 16 at 23:59 GMT. In order to receive a refund you need to do the following:

– Send an email  to info@tix.is

– In your subject line enter – REQUEST REFUND ICELAND AIRWAVES

– In the body of the email please have the following information:

Your order number (you can find on your receipt from Tix) and name on ticket

You have 2 weeks to apply for a refund, after that time your ticket will rollover to 2022. The date and time to apply for a refund is by Thursday September 16 at 23:59 GMT.

If you purchased a travel package through Icelandair, they will be in touch with you to organise a refund on your purchase.

Information regarding Iceland and COVID-19 is changing regularly.

Please visit Iceland’s official COVID-19 site here for the most up-to-date information (updated most days).

For more information about travelling to Iceland please visit their page here.

We have limited control over the rules pertaining to travel in / from your home country. We strongly recommend following the travel advice your home country gives you.

In the instance that there’s an outbreak in your home country, Iceland Airwaves is not responsible for this.

We strongly recommend all travellers have adequate insurance both for their trip and for their festival tickets. 

Festival Tickets – rollovers and refund information

If you wish to have a refund, that is possible as well. The date and time to apply for a refund is by Thursday September 16 at 23:59 GMT. In order to receive a refund you need to do the following:

 

– Email info@tix.is

– In your subject line enter – REQUEST REFUND ICELAND AIRWAVES

– In the body of the email please have the following information: 0rder number (you can find on your receipt from Tix) and name on ticket 

 

You have 2 weeks to apply for a refund, after that time your ticket will rollover to 2022.

If you wish to attend Iceland Airwaves 2022, you do not need to do anything, your ticket for 2021 will still be valid. The same applies if you were kind enough to roll your ticket over from 2020. That is also valid.

If you purchased a travel package through Icelandair, they will be in touch with you to organise a refund on your purchase.

If you were kind enough to roll your ticket over from 2020, you do not need to do anything, your ticket  will still be valid for 2022.

You can give away or sell your ticket as long as you don’t make a profit. You should contact Tix to change the name and other profiles to those of new ticket holder. The new name on the ticket should match with the name on the photo ID when the new ticket holder collects their wristband (see ‘Festival Wristband Collection’).

It depends on the exchange rate at any given time, you can get an approximation using this website.

No. Please note that all performances are subject to change. There might be very last minute changes and we will try our best to announce them as soon as possible. It’s worth downloading the free Iceland Airwaves app to receive all the latest updates throughout the festival.

All shows are subject to venue capacity, once the venue is full no more people are allowed to enter for safety reasons. If you are worried about not getting in, you can increase your chances by purchasing an Airwaves Plus upgrade which includes access to an express queue. However, if the venue is full, the venue is full.

Schedule

In regards to line up for 2022, we hope that most of the bands can join us next year, but news on this will follow shortly, as discussions with each band will be on a case by case basis, contingent on their availability and their needs.

The schedule will be published about 1 month before the festival starts.

Please note there is always some last minute changes in the show schedule, and in such cases, we will try our best to announce them without delay.

lease follow us on social media and mailing list to keep up to date on line-up updates.  Please note that the line-up is subject to change at any time until the festival finishes.

Our socials are here:

 

 

Follow the hashtags #IcelandAirwaves and #Airwaves2021

Official venue shows start after 19:00 and finish at 02:00, depending upon the venue. Off-venue performances vary but finish between 19:00 and 19:30. On-venue performances vary but generally start between 19:00 and 19:30.

Yes. Sign up to our mailing list for more information.

Yes we will! We will announce more details soon.

Venues

At various venues in downtown Reykjavík. The venues are all within walking distance of each other. The list of official venues, off-venues and on-venues will be made available later in the year.

If you are coming from abroad, it’s best to fly into Keflavík International Airport (KEF) and then take a shuttle coach, taxi, rental car or public transport (Strætó) to Reykjavík.

No, all the venues are indoors. 

Official venue hosts official performances for Iceland Airwaves. Official performances start from approximately 19:00 each night during the festival. The exact starting time depends on the venue. You must purchase a festival ticket in order to attend official performances.

Off-venues are the approved venues which host select performances by local artists during the day, up until 19:00. Off-venue shows are open to all, subject to each venue’s age limits and capacity.

All visiting international artists perform only at official venues. Select local acts perform at off-venues during the day and at official venues after 19:00. Official venue performances carry full production and staging, while off-venues show are often in acoustic or reduced mode. You need a wristband to attend official venue shows but you don’t need one for off-venue shows.

We cannot guarantee that all venues are accessible to disabled guests. The official festival showcases are held in many venues across downtown. The variances in size of these rooms ranges broadly and come in all shapes and sizes: some are purpose built and have ability-impaired access factored into their planning, others are traditionally used for other purposes. All the venues this year are within 2.5 kilometers of one another, with the bulk of the venues being within a couple of hundred meters of one another in downtown Reykjavík.

 

Our list of venues has specific access ability for ability-impaired guests. Our app will also carry a crowd indicator, giving guests notice of when shows are looking very busy / at capacity. For any specific questions regarding access for disabled guests please email info@icelandairwaves.is.

Age Limit

People of any age can purchase a ticket to the festival. However, Icelandic laws dictate that people under the age of 18 cannot be alone in public after 22.00. After that time they must be accompanied by a guardian. (Birth year is valid.) Furthermore, the venues that sell alcohol usually have either an 18 or 20 year old age limit. Guests under the age of 18 years old must enter with their parent, legal guardian, relatives or spouse that is 18 years old or older to access the official festival venues.

If you intend to bring any people under the age of 18, they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and they must hold a valid ticket for the festival. Please note that each venue has their own age restriction which you must follow.

Wristband Collection

No, you can’t collect wristbands for other people. Every guest needs to come to our Accreditation to get a wristband fitted on their wrist by our staff.

Industry/Press/Photo

Priority access to official showcase performances. Invitation to attend the Iceland Airwaves Pro Conference and Airwaves Plus areas.

Priority access to official showcase performances and access to Press Center and invitation to attend the Airwaves Pro conference. Press Passes are subject to festival approval.

Access to the official performance and the photo pit. Photo Passes are subject to approval.

You can access images from the official Iceland Airwaves Flickr account here. Please make sure to add credit photographers. No alteration except for cropping of images permitted.

Other

We do not program the off-venue program, the off-venue venues do so. Please contact them directly.

Great! We will open up for applications soon, check this space.

Photography and short video for private use / social media is very welcome, but only with mobile phones and regular cameras – no professional cameras or lenses. Photos and videos are permitted for personal use, but any publication, whether it be online or offline, requires a photo pass. Photographers with professional SLR cameras and professional lenses, and also GoPros, require a photo pass: please read our Press section for more information.

  1. Download the app once it’s available.
  2. Listen to the Spotify playlist of all the artists.
  3. Discover the lineup on our website; you can filter by genre.
  4. Layers are your friend! Although the weather might be cold the venues can be steaming hot.
  5. Do not forget to pack a swimsuit! 
  6. Get pre-game alcohol at the duty free arrival store if you’re flying in. 

The average high temperature is 4 degrees Celsius (40 F), with the (average) highest temperature on November 1st, only reaching slightly above 5 degrees Celsius (41 F). The month ends with an average low of 3 degrees Celsius (38F). All concerts are held inside but we suggest you bring warm clothing for hopping between shows.

It varies greatly depending on what and when you book. You can look into hostels for affordable accommodation, or book an AirBnB downtown. We recommend CenterHotels for a great, affordable room (and discounts for Airwaves wristband holders).

No, selfie sticks are prohibited at any Iceland Airwaves venues.

Yes, you can bring only a small side bag. Backpacks are not allowed. All bags are subject to search at the entrance of all venues. We would recommend you not to bring any bags so you can speed up your entry to the venues without your bag being searched.  

There are 7 luggage storage places in and around Reykjavík. Visit Luggage Lockers to see their locations and charges.

All guests are subject a search by security staff at the venue entrances. Any items that can be used to cause harm or damage are not allowed; eg: knives, scissors, umbrellas, chairs and markers. Please note that we will not confiscate or store any banned items.  You must discard them yourself before entering the venue. Professional SLR cameras, GoPros and all recording devices (apart from mobile phones) are prohibited unless you have an official photo pass.

 

If you don’t follow the security policy, the security staff will have the right to ask you to leave the venue and possibly confiscate your festival wristband.

You are not allowed to smoke at any time at any of the venues except in designated smoking areas (if available). This includes electronic cigarettes. If you don’t follow the non-smoking policy, the security will have the right to ask you to leave the venue and possibly remove your festival wristband.

Reykjavík’s average temperature in November is high 5°C (41°F) and low 0°C (32°F). The weather would be cold, very changeable and often wet.  We would recommend you to wear a warm coat, ideally waterproof, or a waterproof outer coat on top, with layers of clothes underneath so you can take them off once you are inside the venues (where it can be very warm). 

Iceland offers world famous pure water, most of which comes from springs in the ground. The tap water is pure and tasty, completely safe wherever you go in the country.

There are restrooms in Reykjavík City Hall where our Accreditation is located. Harpa Concert Hall and hotels are always a good place to find toilets.

Alcohol which is stronger than 2.25% isn’t sold in the grocery shops in Iceland. You can buy alcohol at the Keflavík Airport Duty Free Shop on arrival (highly recommended) and at the state-owned liquor stores named Vínbúðin in Reykjavík. Note that Vínbúðin’s hours are pretty restrictive.

Credit cards can be used almost everywhere in Iceland so there’s no real need to have lots of cash (Icelandic Króna) at all.  

In Iceland we drive on the right hand side of the road, and you are also required by law to always keep the car‘s headlights on. Some good dos and don’ts about driving in Iceland can be found here. Want to hire a car? We recommend Hertz.

Emergency services and/or accident rooms are operated in hospital and healthcare centres.  The A&E unit for accidents, acute illness, poisoning and sexual assault is located at:

Landspítali University Hospital

Fossvogur

Tel:  +354-543-200

112 is the single emergency number in Iceland, representing all the response parties to accidents, fire, crime, search, rescue and natural disasters on land, at sea, or in the air. If you’re venturing out into the countryside, you should always check weather and safety conditions at safetravel.is – which gives you all the up to the minute information.

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