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12 Tónar Label 12 Tonar is a small record shop in Reykjavík, and also a record label for Icelandic indie bands.
AK Extreme Festival AK Extreme is a four day snowboard and music festival with events scheduled at Mt. Hlíðarfjall and in downtown Akureyri.
Alda Music Label Alda Music is a label founded in Reykjavik in 2016 by the musicians Sölvi Blöndal and Ólafur Arnalds, along with other music passionate partners.
Aldrei fór ég suður Festival An annual music festival held in Ísafjörður, Iceland, every Easter weekend since 2004. It provides three days of free music, with visitors arriving from Reykjavík and beyond.
Bang Studio Studio
Bar 11 Performance venue At Bar 11, DJs call the tunes every weekend, emphasising old rock’n’ roll classics, chart-toppers and sing-along hits (but only if they rock). The packed dance floor tends to turn into a war zone on weekends.
Bar Ananas Performance venue Iceland´s one and only Beach-Bar in downtown Reykjavík. A club, with an indoor smoking lounge, a tiny dance floor, and a solid line of DJs that all aim to make you bust a move.
Battle of the Bands – Músíktilraunir Festival The Icelandic Music Experiments has been the main venue for young and upcoming bands since 1982. Up to 40 bands participate every year in Harpa concert hall, surrounded by professional staff and friendly atmosphere.
Bedroom Community Label Bedroom Community is a record label/collective formed in 2006. Like-minded, yet diverse individuals from different corners of the globe all creatively orbit around an inconspicuous building and its inhabitants on the outskirts of Reykjavik.
Bláa Kirkjan Performance venue The Seyðisfjörður church is a good concert house, praised by the performers. It houses a fairly new Steinway grand piano and a Frobenius organ with 14-15 stops. It has seats for 300 people. The concert guests are both locals and foreign travellers.
Blánótt Label
Blue Church Summer Concert Series Festival The Blue Church Summer Concert Series is held in the church of Seyðisfjörður on Wednesday nights in July and early August. The aim is to offer a program consisting of different music styles.
Blue North Music Festival Festival
Boston Performance venue A great addition to the Reykjavík bar scene from the makers of the legendary Sirkús, Boston features a roomy bar floor, nice sofas and a stylish interior. DJs at night for dancing, and usually unobtrusive music at other times, make this a local favourite.
Bravó Performance venue This small and cosy bar that hosts DJ, music and poetry nights is a bright light on Laugavegur for terms of chilling, partying and dancing.
Bryggjan Brugghús Performance venue Iceland’s 1st Micro Brewery and bistro located in the trendiest area of Reykjavík harbourside. The bistro offers delicius local foods in a cool atmosphere and world class bevereges brewed on site.
Bræðslan Festival A summer music festival held in Borgarfjordur eystri in the east of Iceland.
Cycle Music and Art Festival Festival Cycle Music and Art Festival is sprung out of the mere interest of creating a platform where experimental music and visual art are given an opportunity to engage in dialogue and experiments. The festival itself becomes the research platform, engaging its audiences in valuing
Dark Music Days / Myrkir Músíkdagar Festival
Dillon Performance venue Over 100 whisky’s, live gigs Thursday to Saturday and the legendary Andrea dj’ing on weekends!
Dimma Label Dimma is an independent music label and publisher of books, mainly focusing on jazz, folk and roots as well as new children’s music and poetry.
Eistnaflug Festival
Extreme Chill Festival Festival Extreme Chill is the first pure electronica festival in Iceland. A four-days music festival where local and foreign musicians of all ages and with diverse backgrounds come together to create music under the inspiration of Icelandic nature.
FALK Records Label
figureight Label Founded by master-musician Shahzad Ismaily, figureight’s roster is made up of unique Icelandic and American artists.
Folk Music Festival Festival
Gamla Bíó Performance venue RVK / Gamla Bío theater is one of the most beautiful buildings in Iceland and is located downtown. It was opened in 1926. Capacity ca. 400 (seated) / ca. 750 (standing)
Garðabær Jazz Festival Festival
Gaukurinn Performance venue RVK / Concerts and events are held every day of the week, the schedule is available on their website and Facebook page. All genres welcome. Capacity 300.
Geimsteinn Label
Greenhouse Studios Studio Greenhouse Studio is a fully-equipped, purpose-built recording facility that is able to cater for a diverse range of music projects.
Græni Hatturinn Performance venue Akureyri / Græni Hatturinn bar in Akureyri offers different kind of drinks and live music. It is located beneath Bláa kannan café on the main street.
Harpa Performance venue RVK / In the centre of Reykjavik, Iceland, Harpa is a venue for various concerts and musical events, international conferences, conventions with accompanying trade shows, as well as meetings.
Hlemmur Square Performance venue RVK / Hlemmur Square opened in Reykjavik in late spring 2013, combining the social experience of a hostel with the amenities of a hotel. We have created an experience that is new to Iceland with affordable yet stylish hostel accommodations as well as luxurious
Hljodriti (Studio Syrland Hafnarfjordur) Studio One of the oldest and most respected recording studios in Iceland is Syrland Hafnarfirdi (also known as Hljodriti), established back in 1975 by a few progressive pioneers.
Hljóðaklettar Label Hljóðaklettar is a boutique record label founded in 2009 by Rúnar Magnusson and Sabrina Joy for the purposes of releasing rare, limited, and collectible music
Hljóðverk Studio
Húrra Performance venue RVK / Reykjavík’s prime live music venue and the place to have a good night out. Capacity 160.
Iceland Airwaves Festival Iceland Airwaves is regarded as the biggest celebration of music in Iceland and boasts an unrivalled line-up of established and up-and-coming artists.
Innipúkinn Festival
JEA Jazz Festival / Elsta jazzhátíð landsins Festival JEA has been an annual event in East Iceland since 1988, making JEA the oldest jazz festival in Iceland.
Kaffibarinn Performance venue RVK / A daytime coffee joint, by night it turns into the hippest party in town. Expect it to be packed to the rafters on weekends. DJs specialise in progressive house and minimal techno. Parties until dawn.
Kex Hostel Performance venue RVK / A social hostel, KEX also serves as a venue for small concerts and other lively happenings, with a healthy mix of music, comedy, pub quiz, karaoke and even a few open mic nights.
KEXPort Festival
Kimi Records Label
Kirkjubæjarklaustur Chamber Music Festival Festival
Kórinn Performance venue Kópavogur / An indoor multipurpose auditorium built in 2007. The auditorium covers 14,457 m2 and has a seating capacity of 2000 spectators. Designed to accommodate concert acoustics and has standing capacity of up to 19,000 visitors.
Lady Boy Records Label
Lagaffe Tales Label
Laugardalshöll Performance venue RVK / Laugardalshöll is an indoor sporting arena located in Reykjavík. The capacity of the arena is 5,500 people. It hosts various sporting events, as well as for other events. It is the largest concert venue in Iceland, with capacity of 11,000 people in
Leikhúskjallarinn Performance venue RVK / Today the theatre has five separate venues: the Main Stage (Stóra svidid, 500 seats), the Black Box (Kassinn, 140 seats), the Small Stage for Children (Kúlan, 80 seats), The Puppet Theatre Attic (Brúduloftid, 70 seats) and The Theatre Cellar (Leikhúskjallarinn, 100-120 seats).
Loft Hostel Performance venue RVK / In the heart of downtown Reykjavik, eco-labelled and beautifully designed. Loft hosts regular music events, movie nights, football tournaments and other social events.
LungA Festival
Medialux HQ Studio
Melodica Acoustic Festival Reykjavik Festival
Mengi Performance venue RVK / Mengi hosts diverse and experimental art events, releases music by some of the nations most ambitious musicians, operates an art store and hosts art exhibitions on a regular basis.
Möller Records Label
Neistaflug Festival
Nordic Music Days Festival
Norðanpaunk Festival
Norður og Niður Festival
Orgelsmiðjan Studio
Paloma Performance venue RVK / A hipster bar that has for some reason been squeezed into a weird Viking-style attic (complete with Viking ship bar), Paloma caters to Iceland’s artists, musicians and their hangers-on.
Pönk á Patró Festival
Prikið Performance venue RVK / A warm café lined with photographs of its senior frequenters on weekdays, a hung-over hangout on weekend afternoons, and during nights it’s filled to the brim with Iceland’s hip hop scene.
Rafarta Records Label
RAFLOST Festival
Rauðasandur Festival Festival
Record Records Label Record Records is an Icelandic independent record label. It started as a pocket-sized distribution company for small up and coming artists based in the great Reykjavík area in 2007.
Reykholt Chamber Music Festival Festival
Reykjavík Arts Festival Festival
Reykjavík Blues Festival Festival
Reykjavik Cultural Night Festival
Reykjavik Folk Festival Festival
Reykjavík Jazz Festival Festival
Reykjavík Midsummer Music Festival
Rokkjötnar Festival
Saga Fest Festival
Secret Solstice Festival
Sena Live Promoter
SJS Music Label
Skálholt Summer Concerts Festival
Sláturtíð Festival
Smekkleysa SM/Bad Taste SM Label
Sónar Reykjavík Festival The Sónar Reykjavik line-up puts the spotlight on the vibrant music scene in Iceland, both established and up-and-coming artists.
Stofan Café Performance venue RVK / A cozy café in the centre of Reykjavík. Specialty coffee, Icelandic beers on tap and in bottles, a variety of wines by the glass, home made cakes, a choice of whiskeys, homemade vegetarian soups, toasted bagels, grilled paninis, and much more.
Stúdentakjallarinn Performance venue RVK / The Student Cellar is located at Háskólatorg on the campus of the University of Iceland. The Icelandic Student Services own and manage the Student Cellar.
Studio Syrland Studio
Sundlaugin Studio Studio
Synthadelia Label
The Freezer Performance venue The Freezer in Rif is a professional theatre, artists residency and social hostel. Previously the space served as a fish factory but after a lot of renovation and relentless work, The Freezer is now prepared to host the culture-thirsty guests artists and tourists of
The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival Festival
Tjarnarbíó Performance venue RVK / Tjarnarbíó is a living center for arts in the heart of Reykjavík, hosting plays, concerts, happenings, exhibitions, conferences and other events.
Unfiled Label Unfiled aims to release hard-to-file music, often with an unpolished edge, where experimental doesn’t mean impenetrable but playful.
Vaka Folk Arts Festival Festival
Vodafone Hall Performance venue RVK / Hlíðarendi is a multi-purpose stadium in Reykjavík. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Valur. The stadium holds 1,524.
X/OZ Label
Zonet Music Label
Þjóðhátíð í eyjum Festival
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