Established in 1999, Iceland Airwaves has become one of the premier annual showcases for new music in the world, with Rolling Stone calling it “the hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar.” Taking place November 5-9 this year, the line-up includes bands from Iceland, Europe, the Americas and beyond. Plus, the festival’s intimate venues are all located in downtown Reykjavik, so you can easily hop from one performance to the next.
This year’s line-up includes 124 bands like FM Belfast, Son Luc, Dwabs, DADA and The Knife, just to name a few. Some of our own Reykjavik Calling alum, like Lay Low, Hermigervill and Uni Stefson will also perform this winter. Airwaves performers from previous years include The Shins, The Rapture, TV on The Radio, Florence and the Machine, Hot Chip, Bloc Party and Fatboy Slim, plus Icelandic musicians like Björk, Sigur Rós, FM Belfast, GusGus, múm, Of Monsters and Men and Seabear.
As if the incredible line-up wasn’t enough, the 8,000 attendees will also enjoy the wonders of Iceland during their stay. Reykjavík is quite possibly the perfect festival city – small enough to be welcoming, sophisticated enough to offer cultural, historical and nightlife diversions to rival cities ten times its size. Plus, it’s surrounded by some of the most unique and astonishing natural beauty you’re ever likely to see.
Iceland’s Blue Lagoon gets in on the Iceland Airwaves action, too with its annual Blue Lagoon Chill event from November 6-8. The three-day, off-venue celebration features live performances at LAVA restaurant and surprises in and around the Blue Lagoon each day.
Click here for the full 2014 lineup, here for photos from the 2013 festival and click here to watch a 40-minute Iceland Airwaves “Rockumentary.” If you’ve checked out those links and are itching to attend this year’s festival, you’re in luck! There are still a few tickets left and Icelandair is offering a great Iceland Airwaves travel package. Click here to book your trip to this one-of-a-kind music festival!