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Airwaves Pro Music Conference

Iceland Airwaves announces Airwaves Pro, a music conference connecting creative professionals from all over the world.

Keychange receives over €1.4 Million from the EU Commission (Creative Europe)

Today, the European partner network behind the gender balance movement Keychange, is thrilled to announce the funding of €1.4 million from from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, which will ensure Keychange continues to accelerate change and create a better, more inclusive music industry for present and future generations.

Ja Ja Ja and Iceland Airwaves team up

Returning from a summer break, Ja Ja Ja’s Nordic club nights are back, kicking off with two September shows in collaboration with Iceland Airwaves.

Time to Plan your Trip

Booking your trip to Iceland is easy! You can book flight, hotel and ticket all in one go with our travel packages, or if you prefer to go your own way we have a list of recommended hotels you can take a look at.

Icelandair Packages Selling Fast

Founding sponsor Icelandair offer extremely handy travel packages that include a flight, festival pass and an optional hotel as well.

Lineup almost complete!

We’re three announcements in and more artists to come, but here’s what we have so far.

The third announcement.

Twelve points go to..

IA x Landsbankinn Warmup Event

Festival sponsor Landsbankinn are hosting a warm up event in Reykjavík Wednesday June 19th.

The third announcement is coming.

Wednesday June 19 sees the third announcement for Iceland Airwaves. Another slew of amazing talent will be added to this year’s already stellar line up.

First Release tickets almost gone

Super Early Bird and Early Bird tickets are SOLD OUT. Now’s the time to buy your First Release Tickets!

The IA 2019 Spotify playlist.

Iceland Airwaves has a great reputation because of its emphasis on music discovery. Each year we deliver a line up of incredible talent from Iceland and also all around the world.

Hatari take over IA Instagram Story

Iceland’s BDSM techno pranskters Hatari have risen from local sensations to worldwide names with their lavish performances and their capitalism-toppling song ‘Hatrid Mun Sigra’, which has taken them from Airwaves all the way the to the finals for Eurovision 2019.

Of Monsters and Men join Iceland Airwaves 2019

Hot on the heels of their just-released return single (the empowering anthem Alligator), Iceland Airwaves is thrilled to announce that hometown heroes OF MONSTERS AND MEN will bring their live show to the 21st edition of the festival, taking place this 6-9 November in Reykjavik.

Airwaves Playlist: Ólafur Darri

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson is Iceland’s biggest movie star at 195cm. Also because he’s famous.

The Second Announcement is here.

Iceland Airwaves turns 21! One ticket brings you four unforgettable days and nights of the very best local talent with forward-thinking acts from all around the world.

The Second Announcement is coming.

New line-up, who dis? Twenty more acts to be announced on Tuesday, 9th April.

Apply to volunteer at Airwaves 19.

If you are looking for a fantastic new experience you have come to the right place!

Price hike is coming.

We’re about to announce our second wave of acts playing at Iceland Airwaves 2019. Before that happens, the ticket price will go up from 14.900 ISK to 16.900 ISK.

Airwaves Plus is here.

Airwaves Plus is here! You can purchase the special upgrade today.

Watch the Airwaves aftermovie.

Relive the magic! Watch the Airwaves 2018 Official Aftermovie.

Airwaves Plus is coming.

Airwaves Plus is the special upgrade for the Iceland Airwaves music super fan. It is the way to get plenty of cool benefits while also supporting a good cause.

first 30 names of 2019 lineup revealed

We’re back baby! The 21st edition of Airwaves is taking place this November 6-9 all across downtown Reykjavík.

first lineup announcement 6 feb

We’re just about ready to add the first 30 names to the 2019 lineup.

travel packages now available!

Founding sponsor Icelandair offer extremely handy travel packages that include a flight, festival pass and an optional hotel as well.

ólafur arnalds kexp session at airwaves 18 now available

KEXP have added the full performance of Ólafur Arnalds at Airwaves 2018 on YouTube

aurora kexp session at airwaves 18 now available

Aurora performing live Kex Hostel in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves 2018 is now available on YouTube

artist submissions now open!

For more than 20 years Iceland Airwaves has been about artist discovery. Stars such as Of Monsters and Men, Kaleo, Florence and The Machine, Hot Chip and many others played Iceland Airwaves at the very start of their amazing careers.

 

super early bird ticket sales end soon

We still can’t quite believe that Iceland Airwaves 2018 is over. The festival has progressed through its teens to twenty years or good times and great music.

thank you from iceland airwaves

Here is a small recap video of Iceland Airwaves 2018. Thanks again to all who came.

grapevine does iceland airwaves podcast

American radio host and DJ Tim Pogo has been coming to Iceland Airwaves since the beginning. He teamed up with Graprvine this year to make four Airwaves Podcasts.

takk!

It’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone for a wonderful Airwaves from the IA team.

iceland airwaves – last day in photos

Iceland Airwaves 2018 has come to a close with final pictures taken by our wonderful photography team now available for your viewing pleasure.

iceland airwaves day three in photos

Last night the rain stopped and the clouds parted by early afternoon on the third day of Iceland Airwaves. Here’s a rundown of things seen and heard.

iceland airwaves 2018 day two highlights

The party didn’t stop last night! The 20th edition of Iceland Airwaves continued on Thursday with london’s pop collective Superorganism, a raucous performance from Descartes a Kant, internet famous Jimothy Lacoste and much, much more.

iceland airwaves 2018 went off with a bang

The first night of Iceland Airwaves took over Reykjavík in one sweeping tornado of talent. Concluding the day with the latest and greatest artists – here are photos to recap and relive the moment. Many amazing acts from Ring of Gyges and Mosi in the early evening to Dead Sea Apple and Reykjavíkurdætur in the night. Take a look at yesterday’s performers.

watch the festival documentary “Iceland Airwaves: Full Circle”

Free movie screenings at the Slipp Cinema all festival days.

pick up your wristbands today at city hall!

Reykjavík City Hall is in the heart of Reykjavík and is now open for business!

iceland airwaves teams up with druslugangan

A recent British study found that 43% of female festival goers have experienced sexual harassment or abuse. That is 43% too many.

the official Iceland airwaves app is here

Our new app is essential to planning your festival, getting around and always having the latest information and news at your fingertips. Check out all the new cool features.

how to make the most of your time at airwaves

Before you treat yourself to the sounds of this years talented and diverse artists, it’s best to do some preparation first.  

brand new iceland airwaves music

Here’s a handful of this years performers and their brand spanking new content for New Music Friday listings.

book an airport transfer with a 10% discount with airport direct

Airport Direct have kindly offered Iceland Airwaves attendees a 10% discount for airport transfers

iceland airwaves lounge & conference

The Iceland Airwaves Lounge and Conference, organized by Iceland Music, is in its fourth edition this year.

sign up for special events

Ásgeir will be recording some amazing artists at the legendary studio Hljóðriti, special pool party and more! 

20th anniversary playlist by katrín jakobsdóttir

The Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, has curated a special playlist to celebrate 20 years of Iceland Airwaves.

win a lifetime pass to iceland airwaves

Now that Airwaves is in it’s 20th year there are quite a few out there that have been to Airwaves two, three, even twenty times! Well how about going to Airwaves for life?

merch store is now live

This year we have teamed up with our wonderful sponsor and partner Cintamani to create unique and amazing Iceland Airwaves branded clothes.

airwaves debutantes: what’s new and who’s who at airwaves 2018 #3

The Reykjavík Grapevine continue their Iceland Airwaves debutantes guide, where they introduce the freshest faces who are playing Airwaves for this first time this year. From murderous lo-fo pop to bro-rock to comedy rap, here are some brand new bands to check out.

the full off-venue list revealed

One great part of Iceland Airwaves is the free entry off-venue shows hosted all around downtown Reykjavík.

airwaves debutantes: what’s new and who’s who at airwaves 2018 #2

Here’s part two of The Reykjavík Grapevine’s guide to what’s new and who’s who at Iceland Airwaves 18. Make sure to get tickets—the VIP Upgrade is already sold out.

meet the guy playing with 12 different bands at iceland airwaves

Is Magnús Jóhann the busiest man in Icelandic music? This Airwaves sees his fingers being put to more use than anyone else, playing with no less than 12 acts this year.

artists and days announced

Time to start planning! We’re still working hard on getting the full schedule out but you can start planning your Airwaves Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We’re getting SO excited to see you all! Full schedule and app coming October 18th.

final lineup announcement!

Iceland Airwaves completes its 2018 line-up with a special 20th Anniversary show (Toy Machine, Dead Sea Apple, Carpet), Icelandic supergroup Team Dreams (Sin Fang, Sóley & Örvar Smárason), one-man dynamo Cola Boyy (US) and much more…

official venues revealed

We’re happy to share with you the places where the magic REALLY happens at Iceland Airwaves, our venues!

airwaves debutantes: what’s new and who’s who at airwaves 2018 #1

Iceland Airwaves built its reputation as a destination festival not by booking loads of big names, but because it’s the single best place to see the freshest faces on the Icelandic music scene. This year, 32 bands will play Airwaves for the very first time—and The Reykjavík Grapevine have put together a guide to what’s new and who’s who amongst this year’s festival debutantes.

get to know: jockstrap

Jockstrap is the duo of 20-year-olds Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye. Despite being a very new project they’re already building up quite the buzz. We asked them a few questions about their music and their trip to Iceland in November.

Fourth Announcement: 100 Artists Added Lineup

Iceland Airwaves adds Asgeir, Aurora, Haiku Hands, Not3s and Black Midi to 20th Anniversary Edition alongside Moshi Moshi and Bella Union label nights and 6am Rave

Fever Ray Cancels Fall Tour

It’s with regret that due to personal reasons Fever Ray have cancelled their Iceland Airwaves performance, along with all of their other performances this Autumn.

The Line of Best Fit Survival Guide to Reykjavík

The Line of Best Fit are age-old friends of Iceland Airwaves and are veterans of the festival.  As veterans of the festival, they’ve come up with a few things to help you stay alive and enjoy your time in Iceland.

Hayley Kiyoko Joins Iceland Airwaves Lineup

It’s Pride Week 2018 in Reykjavík, one of Iceland’s biggest events and one of the “the biggest small Pride” events in the world, attracting around 100,000 attendees from all around the globe. This year, Iceland Airwaves is proud to announce that US singer/songwriter Hayley Kiyoko will be joining the line-up this November as part of her first ever European and UK tour.

Descartes A Kant: Your New Favorite Mexican Band!

Sometimes you hear something new and it really grabs you by the ears. Mexican outfit Descartes A Kant is definitely one of those. We were dying to find out more about the Mexican band, so we asked them a few questions about their music and what they have planned for their trip to Iceland!

Join our Iceland Airwaves Ambassador Program

Our Iceland Airwaves ambassador program is now live. Bring your friends to Airwaves and earn all kind of cool rewards.

Get to know stuff about Husky Loops

UK art-rockers Husky Loops are bringing their special brand of rock ‘n’ roll to Iceland Airwaves this year. But what how are their Icelandic skills? Find out below!

Get to know the guys in Stereo Honey

London four-piece Stereo Honey are heading to Iceland Airwaves so here is your chance get to know them better.

The New VIP Upgrades Sold Out Fast

The response to the brand new VIP upgrades was so strong that they all sold out completely in a matter of days. 

Early Bird Tickets Almost Sold Out

Early Bird tickets for IA 2018 are almost sold out. The discounted price will end no later than June 14th.

Third Announce: Ólafur Arnalds and more…

Following on from announcing Fever Ray, Blood Orange and Alma, Iceland Airwaves is proud to reveal its third round of acts for 2018.

Second Announce: Blood Orange and more…

Following on from announcing Superorganism and Girl Ray, we are proud to reveal its second round of acts for 2018.

First Acts for the 20th Anniversary line-up announced

One ticket brings you four days and nights of incredible music, all within easy walking distance of downtown Reykjavík.

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