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: