Day 4 of Iceland Airwaves. A little crazy with the schedule but I managed bounce to and from different venues and at least see all I wanted to see, and I managed to photograph most of it as well.
Started off with Kælan Mikla which was followed by the legendary Dr. Gunni. Then we moved across town to see Mr. Silla perform before crossing back to a very packed dj. flugvél og geimskip set which was followed by Árni². Árni² is Árni Valur and Árni Grétar, both legends in their musical fields here in Iceland and they did not disappoint. Then quickly after that I went to see Kontinuum, but there was no possibility of getting close enough to photograph and after their set I finished the night watching Milkywhale. I may be biased, but I honestly thought the shiny new floor at Iðnó was going to break from all the jumping and mass partying that went on for that gig. At least the floor is well worn in now.
Pics are a bit FM Belfast heavy, but that’s because every second they are playing there is something incredible to try and capture on camera, even their end of show bow. Click here or the picture to see day 3 photos:
Another great day full of music. I wanted to quickly tell you about the tour we took yesterday. I had recommended it as it was something new and so I figured I should go as well, I’m glad I did as it was well worth the time and money, even for someone who has been coming to Iceland regularly for almost a decade and half.
On tour with Ívar is a 3 hour walking tour that begins at Lucky Records. As you wind through the city of Reykjavik you meander down streets and visit places hidden and off the beaten path. You learn not only learn where a lot of famous musicians and artists began, but you get to see where the scene is currently developing. You learn about streets, venues, buildings, new places to go, and old favorites of the city. As a long time visitor here I was surprised that I may change some of my go-to places in order to return to businesses we visited on the tour. I highly recommend the tour to veteran visitors as well as newbies.
Day 2 was a full night, We started off with a small solo set from former kimono front-woman Alison Macneil (Dame Judy Wench) and ventured to Hard Rock cafe for a high energy Tófa set. Then to Gamla bíó for most of the night where we saw Hatari, Grísalappalísa, and For a Minor Reflection. Then we crossed over to Þjóðleikhúsið, the National theatre of Iceland, to catch a few songs from the legendary Megas.
And the festival begins. Reykjavik is once again engulfed in music. You can hear all types of music as you walk down the street. Coffee shops, clothing stores, and restaurants all partake in the off-venue part of Airwaves during the day. Stripped down small sets of not only the Airwaves festival bands, but quite a few other local bands as well.
And at night things were in a full swing, I really enjoy the return to the old feel of airwaves. Running to and from individual venues and stopping by other venues for a quick listen. My schedule last night was only 60% followed, but consisted of Cyber, Benny Crespo’s Gang, Ceasetone, Ruxpin, and Högni.
Photos say a thousand words they say, so for this year’s Airwaves I will just let you look at the pics, and leave the write up for the wrap up. You can follow me on Facebook for photos, comments, random photos, and band information, or you can see all the photos on Flickr: