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Airwaves postponed until 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.

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