The latest list of Icelandic acts to perform at Eurosonic 2015
has been unveiled. A clutch of truly diverse Icelandic artists – ranging from electronica to pop to Viking metal – will be at the heart of the Iceland Erupts campaign for Eurosonic Noorderslag. PLUS the final Icelandic act, which was kept from us at last week's press conference, has now been revealed. Read on to find out the confirmed artistes!
As you will no doubt be aware, Iceland is the focus country at the 29th edition of Eurosonic Noorderslag – the European music platform which takes place in Groningen between January 14th-17th 2015. Eurosonic Noorderslag is Europe’s most important live music showcase and conference – attracting more than 3,200 delegates and industry experts who gather to discover and book new artists for future festivals and tours.
So let's find out who has joined the bill, shall we? Yes, we shall!
Joining previously announced acts Low Roar, Kaleo, Kiasmos
, Júníus Meyvant
, Rökkurró, Samaris, Sóley
, Sigtryggur Baldursson, MD of Iceland Music Export, confirmed that Árstíðir, dj. flugvél og geimskip
, Fufanu, M-Band
, Óbó, Skálmöld, Sólstafir, Tonik Ensemble, Ylja
and Young Karin
will also be showcasing at Eurosonic Noorderslag.
And the final act to be added to the bill is…. Mammút
We were also assured there is still one act to be revealed… stay tuned as this announcement will be made in the coming weeks!
Baldursson said at the announcement:
“Eurosonic Noorderslag provides a unique opportunity for Iceland to tell the remarkable story of our recent musical past and, in the shape of these 18 artists, to present an idea of where we’re heading in the future. These are exciting times and the diversity of this new wave of Icelandic acts will, I hope, resonate with those travelling to Groningen. We feel confident that our music community is ready to open a new chapter and reach new international audiences.”
Overseas performances by Icelandic artists more than doubled between 2012 and 2013, and Iceland’s status as Eurosonic Noorderslag’s focus country will reflect its international ambitions with a programme of activities including:
• a pop-up market and store, presenting Icelandic innovation, and showcasing the country’s best music, food and technology alongside screenings of films and documentaries
• broadcasts from national radio station RUV/RAS2
• a reception at Stadsschouwburg
• a series of thought-provoking panels and presentations including focusses on Iceland’s recent musical history, and the economic impact of Iceland Airwaves and ‘cultural tourism’
Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, Minister of Industry & Commerce said: “We’re incredibly proud that we have been invited to be the focus country at Eurosonic Noorderslag 2015, and I believe this recognises how important music is to the global perception of Iceland. We look forward to showcasing these 18 hugely talented acts, and also showing how our music community is steadily expanding with managers, labels, festivals and other professionals taking the next generation forward.”
Peter Smidt, creative director Eurosonic Noorderslag added:
“For many years Eurosonic Noorderslag festival and conference presents the best and most promising new acts from all over Europe. With this strong breed of new acts from Iceland I am sure all our delegates, audience and press will be thrilled and will discover the next wave of treasures from this remarkable and richly talented island.”
Iceland Music Export’s Iceland Erupts at Eurosonic Noorderslag is supported by Icelandair, Reykjavik City, Promote Iceland, STEF and the Ministry of Education, Science & Culture, the Ministry of Industries & Innovation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Finally, if you're in Iceland this week, don't miss the marvellous Mammút at Húrra
in Downtown Reykjavik!