Press applications are now open.


Submissions are now open for press and photo passes for Iceland Airwaves 2021.


Media passes give you:

  • Front of line access to shows (subject to venue capacity)
  • Access to photo pit for accompanying photographer (provided there is consent from performers, subject to capacity)
  • Access to the Airwaves Pro conference
  • Access to PR team for media requests / interviews

Media passes are limited, and successful applications are  granted according to:

  • The proposed media coverage
  • Quality of the publication
  • Evidence of previous work
  • Circulation numbers

Application does not necessarily guarantee a press pass.


Approved applications will be emailed a special link to purchase a four day press or photo pass.

Photo usage

  • All our photos are hosted on the Iceland Airwaves Flickr.
  • You are free to use them for articles and posts relating to Iceland Airwaves as long as the photographer is correctly credited.
  • All other uses are prohibited without the express permission of festival management.
  • You cannot modify the photos (except cropping) without permission.
  • Photos are not to be used for any commercial purposes whatsoever.

Photo & Video Policy

  • Photos and videos are permitted at the festival for personal use, but any publication, whether it be online or offline, requires a media/photo pass.
  • SLR or DSLR cameras are not permitted in official venues without a photo pass.
  • Photo passes are obtained by applying for them before October 5th through our application portal.
  • Publication of photos taken is limited to the purposes outlined in the application. Photo, video and audio policies will vary from artist to artist.
  • You are not allowed to audio or video stream or otherwise transmit any performance longer than one minute without prior written consent.
  • Audio feeds from the board will not be provided without prior written consent.


  • “A truly wonderful outlier in the festival scene”
    – The Independent (UK)
  • “There’s always a new and beautiful world to experience”
    – Consequence of Sound (US)
  • “The hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar”
    – Rollingstone (US)
  • “Unbelievable zest for music and celebration”
    – Pitchfork (US)
  • “Iceland Airwaves teaches you that..there is a beautiful new world beyond.”
    – Consequence of Sound (US)
  • “Hosted in Reykjavík, hundreds of bands, thousands of music fans. Iceland Airwaves, the best festival the world!”
    – The Line of Best Fit (UK)

Contact us

The PR contacts for 2021 are:

UK/EU – Zeitgeist PR – email here | North America – Pitch Perfect PR – email here | Iceland – Iceland Airwaves email here

Please do not email the PR teams about your online application status. You will be contacted automatically if approved.

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