5 Things We are Excited For @ Sónar Reykjavík 2017

Who said the winter has to be boring? Iceland has so many amazing festivals happening this winter that, quite frankly, there are no excuses for the winter blues. Melancholy avoiding distractions come in in the form of  Oration Festival, Dark Music Days and, of course, the big one Sónar Reykjavík! We are super excited about this years edition, so…

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Týždeň :: Norway & Iceland Meet Slovakia

What is it like to be an 'outsider'? Good question... Týždeň Magazine decided to create a documentary and festival around the concept of being an outsider, and we're super happy to be working with them. The festival "Norway and Iceland Meet Slovakia – Art Festival Without Borders" will take place from 22 to 24 February 2017 in Bratislava’s KC Dunaj…

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Dark Music Days Festival 2017

Dark Music Days is an annual festival of contemporary and new music which takes place during the darkest period of the Icelandic winter at the concert hall Harpa in downtown Reykjavík. The festival was founded in 1980 by the Iceland Composers Society as a platform for Icelandic composers to present their work. Today the festival is a platform…

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New JFDR Video :: Airborne

JFDR is poised to take the world by a very quiet but powerful storm this year. Having fronted some of the most successful Icelandic bands in recent history (Samaris, GANGLY, Pascal Pinon), Jófriður has turned her attention to a solo project known as JFDR. Björk recently name checked her as one of her inspirations, no less. JFDR’s debut…

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Farewell Retro Stefson 2006-2016

Retro Stefson, a baby band that grew up into a fully grown up adult band have decided to take an indefinite hiatus after an amazing 10 years making music together. Although it's terribly sad to say goodbye, they are leaving us with a sweet parting gift; a whole new EP, no less called 'Scandinavian Pain' The band are…

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Kraumur Winners :: Alvia Islandia, Amiina, GKR, Gyða Valtýsdóttir, Kælan mikla & Páll Ivan

It's award season so lets celebrate the winners of the Kraumur Awards! Out of the 25 nominated artists, the six winners are as follows: Alvia Islandia - Bubblegum Bitch Amiina - Fantomas GKR - GKR Gyða Valtýsdóttir - Epicycle Kælan mikla - Kælan mikla Páll Ivan frá Eiðum – This is my shit Congratulations! Get your ears around…

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Jóhann Jóhannsson ‘Arrival’ Score Nominated For Golden Globes!

Jóhann Jóhannsson's menacingly beautiful score for the 'Arrival' movie has been nominated for 'Best Score' at this years Golden Globe Awards. For “Arrival,” Iceland-born, Berlin-based Johann Johannsson used the film’s theme of communication between humans and extraterrestrial visitors as his starting point, with much of the music based on unusual vocal sounds. For “Passengers,” set on a spaceship…

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Kaleo :: #3 On Year-End Billboard Alternative Chart

Local boys done well, blues/rock band Kaleo keep making headlines. Their song ‘Way Down We Go’ ranks third on the year-end Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Not since 2012 have new rock artists earned such a high position on the chart, but that year, Gotye’s ‘Somebody that I Used to Know’ landed in first place. According to Billboard, Kaleo’s…

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Secret Solstice First Announce for 2017 Festival

The fourth edition of acts performing at Secret Solstice has been revealed! Taking place in Reykjavík over the weekend of 16th-18th of June 2017. Rock heavyweights Foo Fighters are back after performing in Iceland over 14 years ago. UK electronic legends The Prodigy, as well as Richard Ashcroft, formerly of The Verve are also playing. Iceland’s own pool of…

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Icelandic Christmas songs!

Seasons greetings to you men, women, heathens and lovers alike! Because it's Christmas, we have created a Spotify Christmas songs list, just because, that seems like the thing to do this time of year, right? The list will keep you entertained, making you feel suitably Christmassy without resorting to Slade, for the gazillionth time! Iceland is currently in…

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