Our long-time friends at M for Montreal have been sending artists and recommendations our way since way back then, including Mac DeMarco’s first Icelandic performance in 2012.
The days are shorter, the nights are colder, and in Reykjavik this means one thing: ICELAND AIRWAVES IS COMING!
With just one month to go, it’s time to get well and truly excited.
We’re excited to announce that AWAL and Icelandair have reached a partnership to support a showcase of amazing Icelandic, Nordic and UK artists at this year’s festival.
Applications are open to artists (writing & performing their own music) and industry professionals (working in music) in Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the UK
The upgrade is no longer available for purchase.
From churches to concert halls – venues for Iceland Airwaves 2019 have been announced.
Booka Shade, Hjaltalín, sir Was, Pétur Ben, Madame Gandhi, Self Esteem, Daði Freyr, Bushar Murad, Nina Las Vegas & more.
Super Early Bird and Early Bird tickets completely SOLD OUT long ago, now is the time for you to get your Airwaves tickets. After 23:59 GMT on Tuesday Sep 3rd the ticket price goes up.
Iceland Airwaves announces Airwaves Pro, a music conference connecting creative professionals from all over the world.
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.
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.
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.
Founding sponsor Icelandair offer extremely handy travel packages that include a flight, festival pass and an optional hotel as well.
We’re three announcements in and more artists to come, but here’s what we have so far.
Twelve points go to..
Festival sponsor Landsbankinn are hosting a warm up event in Reykjavík Wednesday June 19th.
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.
Super Early Bird and Early Bird tickets are SOLD OUT. Now’s the time to buy your First Release Tickets!
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.
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.
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.
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson is Iceland’s biggest movie star at 195cm. Also because he’s famous.
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.
New line-up, who dis? Twenty more acts to be announced on Tuesday, 9th April.
If you are looking for a fantastic new experience you have come to the right place!
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! You can purchase the special upgrade today.
Relive the magic! Watch the Airwaves 2018 Official Aftermovie.
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.
We’re back baby! The 21st edition of Airwaves is taking place this November 6-9 all across downtown Reykjavík.
We’re just about ready to add the first 30 names to the 2019 lineup.
KEXP have added the full performance of Ólafur Arnalds at Airwaves 2018 on YouTube
Aurora performing live Kex Hostel in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves 2018 is now available on YouTube
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.
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.
Here is a small recap video of Iceland Airwaves 2018. Thanks again to all who came.
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.
It’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone for a wonderful Airwaves from the IA team.
Iceland Airwaves 2018 has come to a close with final pictures taken by our wonderful photography team now available for your viewing pleasure.
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.
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.
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.
Free movie screenings at the Slipp Cinema all festival days.
Reykjavík City Hall is in the heart of Reykjavík and is now open for business!
A recent British study found that 43% of female festival goers have experienced sexual harassment or abuse. That is 43% too many.
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.
Before you treat yourself to the sounds of this years talented and diverse artists, it’s best to do some preparation first.
Here’s a handful of this years performers and their brand spanking new content for New Music Friday listings.
Airport Direct have kindly offered Iceland Airwaves attendees a 10% discount for airport transfers
The Iceland Airwaves Lounge and Conference, organized by Iceland Music, is in its fourth edition this year.
Ásgeir will be recording some amazing artists at the legendary studio Hljóðriti, special pool party and more!
The Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, has curated a special playlist to celebrate 20 years of 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?
This year we have teamed up with our wonderful sponsor and partner Cintamani to create unique and amazing Iceland Airwaves branded clothes.
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.
One great part of Iceland Airwaves is the free entry off-venue shows hosted all around downtown Reykjavík.
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.
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.
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.
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…
We’re happy to share with you the places where the magic REALLY happens at Iceland Airwaves, our venues!
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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!
Our Iceland Airwaves ambassador program is now live. Bring your friends to Airwaves and earn all kind of cool rewards.
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!
London four-piece Stereo Honey are heading to Iceland Airwaves so here is your chance get to know them better.
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 for IA 2018 are almost sold out. The discounted price will end no later than June 14th.
Following on from announcing Fever Ray, Blood Orange and Alma, Iceland Airwaves is proud to reveal its third round of acts for 2018.
Following on from announcing Superorganism and Girl Ray, we are proud to reveal its second round of acts for 2018.
One ticket brings you four days and nights of incredible music, all within easy walking distance of downtown Reykjavík.