Here it is, the 2016 Iceland Airwaves Icelandic musicians page. I’ve loosely sorted them into categories in the hope that you can quickly reference bands to dig as you explore the many possibilities this year. On top of the 210 bands performing this year, Bedroom Community will be celebrating their 10th anniversary as a musician collective in Iceland and I would highly recommend you check that out. And Airwords is back, the poetry/literature/music event that began in 2013. All part of Airwaves and all worth checking out. Also, you can check out my Tips to get the most out of Iceland Airwaves.
143 of the 210 bands are Icelandic this year and they span the deck in style and genre. This year, I split them into five categories:
- Rock / Singer Songwriter / Jazz / Blues / Reggae
- Pop / Rock / Dance / Electro / Disco / Indie
- DJ’s / Electronic / Atmospheric / Classical / Composers
- Heavy Rock / Metal / Hardcore
- Hip Hop / Rap / R&B Soul
Diversity and genre bending are two things Icelanders are rather good at which makes defining bands a bit difficult, so if you feel a band belongs in a different spot please comment below and I will check it out.
|DJ’s / Electronic / Atmospheric / Classical / Composers|
|Ambátt||Ayia||Bára Gísladóttir||Ben Frost|
|BLKPRTY||DJ Yamaho||dj. flugvél og geimskip||EinarIndra|
|Kristin Thora||Mike Hunt||Reptilicus||RVK DnB|
|Sigga Soffía & Jónas Sen||Sigrún||sxsxsx||Tómas Jónsson|
|Heavy Rock / Metal / Hardcore|
|Endless Dark||Hatari||Kælan Mikla||Legend|
|Mammút||Pink Street Boys||Singapore Sling||SÓLSTAFIR|
And here is the Spotify playlist, it includes ALL bands playing Iceland Airwaves, not just the Icelandic musicians:
hi, nice (and necessary, if very difficult as stated!) genrification! as on of the members of cryptochrome, may i suggest we be additionally (if possible) be put into the hiphop section? as all of our songs are rap-based.
thanks, and see you there!
Hi, thanks for the input and the nice words. I’ve moved you to Hiphop. Looking forward to the festival -RB
thanks, likewise looking forward!
Ah this is great thank you – I was only thinking the other day (when trying to decide the best way to listen to as many bands as possible to whittle down who to see), wouldn’t it be great if you could sort by genre
I have now added the Spotify playlist for Airwaves, it is all the bands, not just Icelandic ones, but makes for great listening. And thanks!
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