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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.
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.
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.
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 engages its audiences in valuing and experiencing art through established
Dark Music Days / Myrkir Músíkdagar Festival 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.
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 Eistnaflug is a music festival held in the town of Neskaupstaður, in east Iceland the second weekend in July, annually since 2005. It is the largest festival of its kind in Iceland, focusing on heavy metal, rock and other indie music.
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 FALK is the name of artists combined interest in what they think is important in some vague way.
figureight Label Founded by master-musician Shahzad Ismaily, figureight’s roster is made up of unique Icelandic and American artists.
Folk Music Festival Festival A five days music event is held annually at the Folk Music Center in Siglufjordur. The main focus is on Icelandic and Scandinavian folk music as well as world music and folk dances.
Gamla Bíó Performance venue 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 Gardabaer Jazz festival has been held annualy since 2006. The festival is free and everyone is welcomed.
Gaukurinn Performance venue 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.
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 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. The lobby, restaurant, lounge and library are designed for socializing in relaxed style.
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 Hljóðverk is recording studio that specializes in music recording and post production
Húrra Performance venue RVK / Reykjavík’s prime live music venue and the place to have a good night out.
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.
Iceland Sync Management Company Iceland Sync is an Iceland and Los Angeles based talent management, concert promotion and publishing company.
Innipúkinn Festival Innipúkinn is an annual music festival taking place in downtown Reykjavik.
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.
Kexpakk Festival KEXPAKK is a concert series at Kex Hostel.
Kirkjubæjarklaustur Chamber Music Festival Festival Organized by The Skaftárhreppur Cultural Committee, this festival gives people a chance to enjoy classical music and the beauty of nature in the same place.
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 Lady Boy Records is an independent record label based in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Lagaffe Tales Label Independent music label for good groove music and artists that have a passion for what they do, based in Reykjavik.
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 A week-long mid-July experimental art festival held every year in East Iceland.
Medialux HQ Studio The company caters to clients within advertising and film production, as well as producing pop music.
Melodica Acoustic Festival Reykjavik Festival The Melodica Festival celebrates local music scenes around the world with the aim to provide in invaluable platform for emerging artists to network and develop new creative relationships.
Mengi Performance venue 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.
Mid-Atlantic Entertainment Management Company MAE runs Mid Atlantic Management, Mid Atlantic Booking, Mid Atlantic Sync and promotes events of all sizes.
Möller Records Label The leading force in Icelandic Electronic music with releases by many of Iceland’s most notable and influential artists.
Neistaflug Festival Neskaupstaður / A family festival which has been held since 1993 annually on the trade show weekend.
Nordic Music Days Festival An annual contemporary classical music festival.
Norðanpaunk Festival
Óperudagar Festival
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.
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.
RAFLOST Festival RAFLOST is a festival of electronic and media arts, bringing together artists of various art forms.
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 Arts Festival is a biennial multidisciplinary festival with a special focus on new commissions and the creative intersection of the arts.
Reykjavík Blues Festival Festival
Reykjavik Cultural Night Festival A festival that takes place all across central Reykjavik. Celebrations take place in streets and squares, museums, businesses and residential gardens.
Reykjavik Folk Festival Festival This festival presents folk music from many different countries with mostly acoustic instruments.
Reykjavík Jazz Festival Festival Modern original jazz including Nordic jazz and avant garde music. The programme includes activities for kids and non-jazzers.
Reykjavik Metalfest Festival An annual celebration of extreme music over a weekend in May in the heart of Reykjavik.
Reykjavík Midsummer Music Festival
Saga Fest Festival
Secret Solstice Festival Midnight sun music festival in Reykjavik.
Sena Live Promoter Sena Live is organising concerts and other events with Icelandic and foreign artists.
SJS Music Label SJS is an indipendant label owned by Samuel J.Samuelsson and has mostly released records by his big band, the SJS bigband.
Skálholt Summer Concerts Festival Skálholt Summer Concerts is Iceland’s oldest summer music festival, founded in 1975. The main emphasis of Skálholt Summer Concerts is on contemporary music and early music performed on period instruments.
Smekkleysa SM/Bad Taste SM Label Smekkleysa is the oldest surviving indie label in iceland, formed by the Sugarcubes and friends back in 1986. I has operated as an incubator and record store for Icelandic music.
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 Studio Syria is a service company in the individual and corporate market, which specializes in servicing some of the creative sectors that have grown the fastest in recent years.
Sundlaugin Studio Studio Sundlaugin is a recording/mixing/post production studio in Reykjavik.
Synthadelia Label Synthadelia Records is an Independent Electronic Music Label located down town in Reykjavik.
The Freezer Performance venue The Freezer in Rif is a professional theatre, artists residency and social hostel. Previously a fish factory, The Freezer now hosts the culture-thirsty guests artists and tourists of Snæfellsnes peninsula.
The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival Festival The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival is a Concert Platform and a Summer Academy for young musicians.
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 Akureyri / The Vaka Folk Arts Festival presents a singular opportunity to enjoy Iceland’s very best folk musicians and dancers along with performers from northern Europe.
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.
X/OZ Label
Þjóðhátíð í eyjum Festival Þjóðhátíð is the biggest festival in Iceland with an average attendance of 16,000. Located in the Westman Islands, it has been an annual holiday since 1874.
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