Author: Hannah Jane Cohen - The Reykjavik Grapevine

He Was Number One: Stefán Karl Stefánsson, Iceland’s Meme King

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On August 21st, Icelandic actor Stefán Karl Stefánsson passed away after a two year fight with bile duct cancer. While…

Logi 2.0: Iceland’s Music Mogul, Born Again

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Logi Pedro Stefánsson’s studio, 101derland, is under renovation. Furniture is piled up in the corners. Loose electrical cords snake across…

Fancies: Sunna Björk Ívarsdóttir

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Fancies is a Grapevine series where we highlight an individual with supreme style. Our latest subject is Sunna Björk Ívarsdóttir (24), who…

Airwaves Debutantes: What’s New And Who’s Who At Airwaves 2018 #1

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Iceland Airwaves built its reputation as a destination festival not by booking loads of big names, but because it’s the…

Grapevine Playlist: ROKKY, RONNY, GusGus, Berndsen, Fufanu & More

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Like thirty seven orcas breaching in unison under the swirling aurora at the exact moment that geysir goes off, here…

Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson: The Voice Of Iceland

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If you were to make a list of pivotal players in the Icelandic music scene, the name Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson, also…

Life In Pictures: Roller Derby Smashes Down In Reykjavík

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On September 15th, Reykjavík’s resident Valkyries, the Ragnrök roller derby team, took on the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers from Texas in…

Track By Track: ‘Influence Of Buildings On Musical Tone’ By Þráinn Hjálmarsson

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Composer Þráinn Hjálmarsson’s debut effort, ‘Influence Of Buildings On Musical Tone’, is one of cultivated emotion. Containing five recent chamber works,…

Perfect Day: Saga Ýr Nazari

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Saga Ýr Nazari burst onto the music scene just one month ago with her debut effort ‘Don’t Gotta Be Real’….

You Wish This Was Your Birthday: Gleðileg Jón 2018 Has Arrived

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“It started out as a joke on a group chat on Facebook in July 2016,” says Jón Már Ásbjörnsson, the…

What Have We Won?: Overwatch Us Shine!

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There are two sentences which strike disappointment into the heart of all parents. “I really think my mixtape is gonna…

Fancies: Geiri & Gugga

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Fancies is a Grapevine series where we highlight an individual with supreme style. Our latest subjects are Sigurgeir J. Aðalsteinsson…

Street Art 101: The Best Reykjavík Murals

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Street art might have, well, varying degrees of legality in Reykjavík, but the scene is so bright and lively that…

Grapevine Playlist: aYia, SiGRÚN, GYDA, Emilíana Torrini, Júníus Meyvant, PORT & More

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Like the beautiful geysir exploding hot, stinky earth water all over a group of damp, blissed-out lookers-on, here are the…

Music News: Power-Goth Trio Kælan Mikla, Disco Hunk Berndsen, Hvalur Festival

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Two popular Icelandic bands of different stripes have announced notable album releases for late 2018. The first is Kælan Mikla,…

Stjórnin: A Legacy of Pop Hits

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Stjórnin took Icelandic pop and turned it upside down, creating some of Iceland’s best known dance hits and party songs…

New In Town: Miami, Session, Le Kock 2.0, Skelfiskmarkaðurinn & More

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Reykjavík is a fast-changing city—if you don’t stop and smell the clams and IPA once in a while, you could…

Gunned Down Horses On Their First Icelandic Show, Greenhouse Studios, And Israeli Musical Identity

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Fresh off of opening for Deep Purple on their Russian tour, Israeli band Gunned Down Horses has arrived in Iceland….

Word Of The Issue: Dömubindi

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So you have a gymnastics session and you’re wearing all white. Obviously, you need something to catch all of the…

What Have We Won?: The Smiter Of The Score Sheet [Checkmate, World]

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Chess is not for wimps. Tactical plays, shocking openings, endgame calculations, referential moves—chess is to drama what football is to…

Go Fish: Reykjavík’s Best Seafood Restaurants

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Iceland is famous for its fresh, delicious seafood. But with a fish restaurant on every street corner, where should you…

War Of The Nerds: Grab Your Flogger And Latex, Weirdos

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The BDSM community has oft been misunderstood. Those not associated probably just think of badly written love interests like Christian…

Coffee, Kitties And Sweaty Dancefloors: Unnur María Máney Bergsveinsdóttir’s Perfect Day In Reykjavík

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Unnur María Máney Bergsveinsdóttir is the indisputable circus queen of Iceland. During the day, she spends her time hoop-dancing and…

Making Of An Artist: The Importance Of Silence And Curiosity With Baldvin Snær Hlynsson

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Pianist Baldvin Snær Hlynsson deftly mixes folk and jazz into an empyreal melange of minimalism, drama, and beauty. After releasing…

Fancies: Birna Björk Hölludóttir

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Fancies is a Grapevine series where we highlight an individual with supreme style. Our latest subject is Birna Björk Hölludóttir (23),…