With less than two months left before the big festival, Iceland Airwaves have announced the final list of artists performing at the festival. Unlike past years, Iceland Airwaves will be in two cities this year, Reykjavik and Akureyri giving festival goers a chance to see more of the island, and from the looks of it, bringing more Icelandic bands from all over together to play.
187 bands have been announced so far of which 142 are Icelandic. I make this page as a quick reference and it’s a good thing to bookmark while you’re at the festival. There will be times where your plans may not come to fruition and you can look at the app, find a band you’ve never heard of for plan B, and use the quick reference here to see if you dig it.
With Icelandic bands it can always be hard to categorize their music styles as one of the greatest things about them is their ability to snag and grab their favorite things from all over the musical spectrum and make it work for them. So these lists are just general nods in the direction you may be looking for, for example, the Dance table, they sit right on the edge of electronic and dance pop/rock and beats. But I tried to focus on the prominence of a lead singer and the beats of the bulk of their songs in deciding which side to place them.
I’ve also made a table of just Möller Records and Thule Records artists as they have quite the strong presence this year. Both of these record labels have continually brought amazing electronic acts out of the Icelandic woodwork for years and I’m really stoked to visit their stage and get my fill of their collective music.
Categorizing some bands can be extremely difficult as they run borders are freely through genres, so if you feel a band needs to be moved into a different category let me know and I’ll change it.
|Electronic / DJ / Atmospheric / experimental|
|Chevron||DJ Snorri Ástráðs||Frank Murder||Good Moon Deer|
|Veteran Electronic Record Labels: Möller & Thule Records|
|Án (M)||Andartak (M)||Bistro Boy (M)||Cold (T)|
|Futuregrapher (M)||Gunnar Jónsson Collider (M)||NonniMal (T)||Octal Industries (T)|
|Ohm (T)||Subliminal (M)||Thor (T)||Vector (T)|
|Dance / electronic / pop / rock|
|Punk / Metal / Hardcore / Garage Rock / Prog Rock|
|Dr. Gunni||For a Minor Reflection||Fræbbblarnir||Gróa|
|Kontinuum||Korter í flog||Mammút||Phlegm|
|Pink Street Boys||ROHT||Skelkur í bringu||Tappi Tíkarrass|
|Tófa||Une Misère||We Made God|
|Composers / atmospheric|
|Bára Gísladóttir||GlerAkur||Gyða Valtýsdóttir||Halldór Eldjárn|