Music & Art Feb 13, 2020

Iceland Airwaves Moves To 2021, With 25 New Acts Announced!

Read on for an update on the Iceland Airwaves music festival

Safety is the priority at Iceland Airwaves. Recently, to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic head on, Icelandic authorities implemented stricter measures around mass gatherings, social distancing, testing and arrival into the country.

The Iceland Airwaves team is committed to doing their part in stopping the spread of the virus. It’s of the utmost importance to ensure the health and safety of festival guests and staff, and that all regulations are followed.

Unfortunately, these new measures make proceeding with this year’s festival impossible. The Iceland Airwaves team reviewed many scenarios: with social distancing; with lower attendance; with less venues. They returned to the same answer: there was no feasible solution to deliver the festival safely for 2020.

With all the above in consideration, Iceland Airwaves will move to 2021, the new dates being: Wednesday November 3 – Saturday November 6, 2021

For 2020 ticket holders, you can simply hold on to your ticket for 2021!  You received your ticket at the best price, they won’t be going down again. 

If you are unable to attend and wish to receive a refund, please forward your ticket to with the request to refund, within 14 days, up until the end of Wednesday, September 9 at 23:50 GMT. Please note, if you request a refund, then re-purchase, it will be at the current price or higher, since the prices won’t go down again.

Those who purchased a travel package with Icelandair, will receive an e-mail from Icelandair Holidays with more information.

The Iceland Airwaves team is truly grateful for interested parties who hold onto their current ticket to support the festival, and the Icelandic music industry, who, like many others, are currently going through a very difficult time.

Their team is pleased to say that the 2020 line-up has moved with the festival to 2021, and additionally, they announced another 25 bands that have been ‘waiting in the wings’.

Internationals include Vancouver’s post-punk groove collective Crack Cloud, Brighton’s Porridge Radio (whose long player Every Bad was recently donned ‘Best New Music’ from Pitchfork), the brand new full band show from Montreal dance doyenne Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu, alternative K-Pop from South Korea’s Balming Tiger and the riotous post modern boy band, the Franco / American Faux Real.

Newly announced local acts include Bríet, HipSumHaps, GDRN and (Iceland via Toronto) Sigrún Stella, all of whom have dominated Icelandic radio this summer. Beloved troubadour Mugison makes a welcome return to the festival, and the introduction of a diverse swathe of bands from the Post-dreifing community, making some of the freshest and exciting underground sounds in Iceland today.

As proud members of the Keychange program, Iceland Airwaves is pleased to announce Keychange artists, Italy’s Any Other, Sweden’s Sara Parkman and Norway’s ISÁK as worthy additions to the 2021 line up, as well as homegrown talent, rapper Cell7.

2020 has been more difficult than ever to support live music. The Iceland Airwaves team hopes that 2021 sees the world in better shape, and us all coming together to celebrate the love of music in Reykjavík.


Any Other – Aragrúi – Ásta – Balming Tiger – Bríet – Cell7 – Crack Cloud – Faux Real – Karina – HipSumHaps – ISÁK  – Kef LAVÍK – KLΞIИ – Logi Pedro – MAMMÚT – Mani Orasson – Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu – Mugsion – Porridge Radio – Salóme Katrín – Sara Parkman – sideproject – Sigrún StellaSkoffín – Supersport! – Svala  – THUMPER – Ultraflex


ADHD – Andavald – Andy Svarthol – Benni Hemm Hemm – Black Pumas – BSÍ – CHLOBOCOP Daði Freyr – Daughters of Reykjavík – dj. flugvel og geimskip Dry Cleaning –  GRÓA – gugusar – Halldór Eldjárn – Júníus Meyvant – K.óla – Kiriyama Family – Krummi – Lynks Afrikka – Metronomy – MSEA – Myrkvi – omotrack – Oyama – Pale Moon – S.hel – sin fang – Sinmara – Sólveig Matthildur – Squid – Tami T

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