The NME Awards have been running since 1953, and this year’s edition takes place in London at the 02 Academy in Brixton.
It is the first time ever an Icelandic festival has been nominated for an award.
Coming back to Airwaves after many years, NME attended the 2019 edition of Iceland Airwaves, and of their time at Iceland Airwaves had this to say:
“Iceland Airwaves might well be the coolest festival of the year. Yes, it takes place in the windswept Reykjavik in November (a daunting prospect for even the locals to brave), but because it’s always thinking several steps ahead. Instead of chucking together a line-up that will simply sell tickets, Airwaves has scaled back this year to curate a devastatingly cutting-edge and expertly curated lineup.”
After their time at Iceland Airwaves, 7 bands who appeared at the festival went on to be included in their Top 100 for 2020, a key tastemaker list for the year ahead. They were girl in red (NO), Otha (NO), Pillow Queens, (IE), Just Mustard (IE), Pottery (CA), Joesef (UK) and Joe & The Shitboys (FO).
The nominations for Best Small Festival are as such:
- Bluedot (UK)
- End Of The Road (UK)
- Iceland Airwaves (IS)
- Kendal Calling (UK)
- Øya (NO)
Iceland Airwaves will announce the first part of the 2020 line up in mid-February, shortly after the NME Awards.