Music & Art News Feb 11, 2019

Nordic Music Biz Recognizes Icelandic Talent as Top in the Region!

This year, three Icelandic musicians are honored in Norway’s Music Biz’s 20 under 30 list!

Iceland’s musical prominence continues to rise and dominate industry charts worldwide. Now, three Icelandic music personalities are being recognized for their creativity and dedication to music by Nordic Music Biz! The acclaimed “20 under 30” list recognized Anna Ásthildur Thorsteinsson, Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson and Sigríður “Sigga” Ólafsdóttir as some of this year’s top talent.

The 20 under 30 list recognizes top performing artists, writers, producers, and those that make it all possible behind the scenes. Candidates are chosen based on their growth, influence, artistic development, willingness to continuously push the boundaries, pursue creative ideas, and run unique business models. Most importantly, they are awarded for being an inspiration to others in the music industry and beyond.

Jonas Holst, Creative at Universal Music Publishing Scandinavia and Jenny Hermanson, Managing Director Spotify Nordics, said: “After receiving an even bigger amount of nominees, we finally boiled them down to the final of 20 people we consider being the most successful and inspiring people in the business right now. Not only for being key persons on a professional level in the Nordic music business, but also for standing as incredible role models to their colleagues and for setting new standards.”

Check out the Icelandic talent named to the Nordic Music Biz’s 20 under 30 list below!

Anna Ásthildur Thorsteinsson is the Marketing Manager for Iceland Airwaves, the oldest and largest music festival in Reykjavik, which features the latest and greatest music from around the world. This year, the festival will take place from November 6 – 9. Check out Icelandair’s flight, hotel, and ticket packages to the festival!

Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson is the Label Manager/Radio Director of Les Fréres Stefson / 101derland. Prior to this role, he was a member of Retro Stefson, an Icelandic alternative pop band from Reykjavík! Check out their top tunes here:

Sigríður “Sigga” Ólafsdóttir  is the Festival Director of Sónar Reykjavíkan, an international music festival that creates an incredible experience by combining music with technology. It originally started in Barcelona in 1994 and later came to Reykjavik. Relive the 2018 festival here!

These artists’ inclusion on the 20 under 30 lists is a testament to the popularity of Icelandic artists and the international acclaim they have garnered. Who are your favorite Icelandic artists? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @IcelandNatural!