News - Iceland Airwaves


Three of four shows rescheduled

Björk and Iceland Airwaves have made the decision to move the first three shows in the concert series Live from Reykjavík to September after recent announcement that the government has re-imposed temporary tougher restrictions on mass gatherings. 

Update on Björk Orkestral Shows

In light of recent news on further temporary restrictions in Iceland because of Covid-19 it is clear that some of the Björk Orkestral shows must be rescheduled.

Björk Orkestral – Extra Show SOLD OUT

Björk’s fourth and final show on Saturday August 29th has sold out in less than a day. We thank everyone for the warm and positive response to these shows.

Ferð + Iceland Airwaves


Góðar fréttir: Þú getur núna notað Ferðagjöfina á Iceland Airwaves 2020!

Björk Orkestral – Extra Show Added

After selling out three shows in just a few days, an extra show has now been added on Saturday August 29th.

Björk Orkestral – Live from Reykjavík: SOLD OUT

Allt three live shows are sold out! Tickets still available to the live streams.

Björk Orkestral – Live from Reykjavík

Björk will be performing 3 special matinee performances in association with Iceland Airwaves.

Volunteer at Iceland Airwaves 2020!

Looking for a rewarding new experience? Want to play a part in Iceland’s funnest festival? You have come to the right place! 

Special Announcement – Daði Freyr!

We are very happy to announce that Iceland’s newest pop king will be playing at the festival: Daði Freyr!

Webinar: Getting Booked at Airwaves

Our friends from  ÚTÓN will be hosting a live webinar on Getting Booked at Iceland Airwaves.

Apply to play: deadline extended

With a very unusual start to this year, it makes sense to give artists more time to apply to perform at Iceland Airwaves 2020.

COVID-19 and Iceland Airwaves

With Iceland Airwaves still quite a few months away, we remain confident that we’ll be able to celebrate our love of music once again in Reykjavík this November .

The first announcement

And we’re back! The 22nd edition of Airwaves returns this November 4-7, taking place all across downtown Reykjavík. 

Iceland Airwaves has been nominated for Best Small Festival at the 2020 NME Awards.

The NME Awards have been running since 1953, and this year’s edition takes place in London at the 02 Academy in Brixton. 

Airwaves Plus Fund Recipients & Applications Open

Earlier this year Iceland Airwaves announced the Airwaves Fund. The Airwaves Fund is a new initiative, created by Iceland Airwaves to support and foster new talent from Iceland.

Icelandair Packages now available!

Hi there! Nice to see you again. Good news for people looking to buy an Icelandair travel package.

Price hike incoming

New year is here and we are so excited for 2020. That being said, the first price hike is incoming

Happy holidays?

Here at Iceland Airwaves, we are not in the business of spreading joy or the Christmas spirit; no, we are here to terrify you, because that’s the Icelandic thing to do!

Super early bird tickets selling fast.

At this price, why wouldn’t they?

Watch the Official Aftermovie

It’s almost been a month since Airwaves 2019 finished for another year, and now it’s time to wash away that winter blues and relive the magic! Berjast!



Thank you for coming to Iceland Airwaves 2019. It’s been an amazing festival, and the IA staff are humbled, grateful, happy, tired, and and above all thankful to all our wonderful guests, our sponsors and partners, and the artists that created such a magical experience.

Free shuttle to Valshöllin

Iceland Airwaves offers free shuttles today, Saturday, from City Hall to Valshöll and back, from 18:30 – 02:00 for wristband holders.

Day three in pictures

It’s not over yet! See the pictures from day three.

Day two in pictures

Day two went off with a BANG! See the pictures.

Day One in Pictures

Our very talented photographers were out and about last night and captured some magical moments at day one Iceland Airwaves 2019

Pick up your wristband!

Iceland Airwaves begins on Wednesday and we’re getting very excited to welcome everyone to the festival. We have some practical information for you so please read on!

Introducing the Double Double Discount Bar

We at Airwaves know that both visiting Iceland and living Iceland can be expensive, and drinking like a viking in Iceland can be especially rough for the wallet!

Airwaves Pro Schedule is here.

With Iceland Airwaves rapidly approaching, we’re pleased to reveal the schedule for our conference, Airwaves Pro.

Off-Venue schedule now live.

The Off-Venue day program is finally here.

Day passes now available.

Whether you’re short on time, have a child or a needy dog, or you simply don’t like being around people for more than one evening at a time, you still deserve to see a good concert.

Day Passes Are a Thing Now.

While we LOVE the full, 4 day-and-night experience that is Iceland Airwaves, we understand that some people do not have the time to experience everything, and some might not be able to attend more than one night, but are dying to get a taste of Iceland Airwaves anyway.

On-venue Schedule now LIVE

Here at Iceland Airwaves – we like to do things a little different. Skipping lunch for a family sized packet of Sport Lakkris, burning the candle in the middle as well as both ends, generally going for it (or as we say here in the IA office: Berjast!).

KEXP Reveal Full KEX Lineup

Last year saw KEXP celebrate 10 incredible years of live sessions from Iceland Airwaves. The sessions have reached listeners and viewers all over the world, with more than 60,000,000 views of the sessions on YouTube alone.

Airwaves Plus upgrade is back!

After selling out the Airwaves Plus allocation two weeks ago, we’ve managed to shuffle some things around, shave some bears, sharpen some pencils and eat a whole bag of rotten shark, and we’ve managed to squeeze out an extra (but very limited) allocation of Airwaves Plus upgrades.

M for Montreal at Airwaves

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.

Official lineup schedule announced + App is live!

The days are shorter, the nights are colder, and in Reykjavik this means one thing: ICELAND AIRWAVES IS COMING!

Day by Day Lineup Revealed, Chai + Emmsjé Gauti + more added to lineup

With just one month to go, it’s time to get well and truly excited.

AWAL & Icelandair Bring You ‘A World Artists Love’ Showcase

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. 

Keychange launches open call

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

Airwaves Plus sold out

The upgrade is no longer available for purchase.

Official and on venues announced.

From churches to concert halls – venues for Iceland Airwaves 2019 have been announced.

Final announcement is here.

Booka Shade, Hjaltalín, sir Was, Pétur Ben, Madame Gandhi, Self Esteem, Daði Freyr, Bushar Murad, Nina Las Vegas & more.

Price Hike & Final Announcement

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.

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.


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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