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Icelandic Bands of Iceland Airwaves 2018

We’ve had three announcements so far and a lot of really good acts are coming to the 20th anniversary of Iceland Airwaves 2018.  It’s under new management so there are probably surprises coming our way as well.  Either way it’s always a good time to learn about new bands, see bands you really dig, and enjoy Reykjavik and surrounding areas.

Not only do Iceland Airwaves tickets more expensive as we get closer, but your options for housing becomes greatly reduced and expensive the closer it gets to the festival. I highly suggest buying sooner than later for the festival.

You can see my past Airwaves photos here, and my tips for a pleasant Airwaves as well.

Once again I’m doing a loosely sorted cheat sheet for the Icelandic bands playing the festival.  I will update the page as new announcements come through so you may want to bookmark it for future reference. Out of the 122 bands announced so far, 66 are Icelandic. There are veteran bands playing, but there are a lot of new artists as well.  To See the full line-up of all the artists click here.

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.

At the bottom you will also find the Spotify playlist for the entire festival.

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.

Rock / Pop / Singer/Songwriter / Indie / Dance
Agent Fresco Amabadama Ateria Auður
Axel Flóvent BeeBee & the Bluebirds Berndsen Between Mountains
Birgir BRÍET Ceasetone Daði Freyr
Einarindra Hildur Himbrimi Hinemoa
Högni Júníus Meyvant Karitas Kiryama Family
Ljósfari Máni Orrason Mighty Bear Mórókóar
Mr. Silla Munster Ólafur Arnalds Shakes
Snorri Helgason Sóley Svala Sycamore Tree
Sykur Teitur Magnússon Una Stef Valdimar
Var Vio Vök Warmland
Ylja Young Karin
Punk / Metal / Hardcore / Garage Rock / Prog Rock
Future Figment Glerakur Hórmónar Mammút
Pink Street Boys Ring of Gyges Rythmatik
Hip-Hop / Trap / R&B / Rap
AFK Birnir Cyber Floni
GKR Joey Christ JóiPé x Króli
Kött Grá Pje Logi Pedro Sturla Atlas
Úlfur Úlfur Unnsteinn
Electronic / DJ / Atmospheric / Experimental
Andartak Hugar
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Icelandic Bands at Iceland Airwaves

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.

Rock / Singer Songwriter / Jazz / Blues / Reggae
Amabadama Amber Amber Axel Flóvent
Benny Crespo’s Gang CeaseTone DALÍ Dikta
Fufanu Helgi Jons Hinemoa Jónas Sig & Ritvélar framtíðarinnar
Júníus Meyvant Kórus Ljóðfæri Major Pink
Magnús Jóhann Máni Orrason Markús & The Diversion Sessions Moji & the Midnight Sons
Moses Hightower Mr. Silla Myrra Rós Par-Ðar
Pétur Ben Prins Póló Rósa Guðrún Sveinsdóttir Skelkur í bringu
Skrattar Soffía Björg Snorri Helgason Stafrænn Hákon
Stroff Teitur Magnússon Una Stef Valdimar
Ylja
Pop / Rock / Dance / Electro / Disco / Indie
Árstíðir asdfgh AUÐUR AVóKA
Berndsen Boogie Trouble Crystal Breaks Dream Wife
East of my Youth FM Belfast Gangly Glowie
Grúska Babúska Hausar Hildur Himbrimi
JFDR Karó Kiriyama Family Konsolat
Lára Rúnars Milkywhale kreld Lily the kid
múm Of Monsters and Men One week wonder Oyama
Puffin Island Rythmatik RuGL Samaris
Steinar Sóley Sykur Tilbury
Tonik Ensemble Útidúr Vagina Boys Vio
Vök Wesen
DJ’s / Electronic / Atmospheric / Classical / Composers
Ambátt Ayia Bára Gísladóttir Ben Frost
BLKPRTY DJ Yamaho dj. flugvél og geimskip EinarIndra
Futuregrapher Glerakur Halldór Eldjárn Hermigervill
Hugar Iamhelgi Jafet Melge Kosmodod
Kristin Thora Mike Hunt Reptilicus RVK DnB
Sigga Soffía & Jónas Sen Sigrún sxsxsx Tómas Jónsson
Trptych
Hip Hop / Rap / R&B / Soul
Alexander Jarl Aron Can Alvia Islandia B-Ruff
Bróðir BIG Cryptochrome Cyber Emmsjé Gauti
Epic Rain GKR Glacier Mafia Herra Hnetusmjör
Kött Grá Pje Krakk & Spaghettí Landabois Lord Pusswhip
Mælginn Reykjavíkurdætur Rímnaríki Shades of Reykjavik
$igmund Sturla Atlas Þriðja Hæðin Tiny
Úlfur Úlfur Valby Bræður
Heavy Rock / Metal / Hardcore
Auðn Beneath Dimma Dr. Spock
Endless Dark Hatari Kælan Mikla Legend
Mammút Pink Street Boys Singapore Sling SÓLSTAFIR
Tófa

And here is the Spotify playlist, it includes ALL bands playing Iceland Airwaves, not just the Icelandic musicians: