Author: John Pearson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Ask An Expert: What Would NATO Expect Of Iceland In Wartime?

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The Grapevine asked Baldur Þórhallsson, Professor of Political Science and Research Director of the Centre for Small State Studies at…

No Stairway To Heaven: Jamming With Reykjavík’s Best Musical Instrument Shops

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The heart of Reykjavík has a musical beat. In a city teeming with venues and gigs, pretty much anyone you…

Grapevine New Music Picks: BSÍ Video Premiere, Ólafur Arnalds and MIMRA

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This week we get a sneak peek at the striking new video from BSÍ which comes out tomorrow, some pure…

Grapevine Picks: Magnús and Skúli — Alicja Kwade at i8 — Salóme Katrín, ZAAR and RAKEL

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The Grapevine brings you the pick of what’s going on in town this week. We’ve got album launch gigs to…

Grapevine New Music Picks: Una Torfa, Bríet and Filous with Daði Freyr

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Three new pieces of music from the frozen north for your international earholes. This week, a brand new singer-songwriter, a…

Grapevine Picks: GusGus, International Cinema and an Immersive Experience

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The Grapevine brings you the pick of what’s up in town this week. We’ve got an amazing light and sound…

Grapevine New Music Picks: Vök, Supersport! and Eydís Evensen

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New sounds for your ears, spanning electro-alternative, pleasantly shambling indie and delicate neo-classical. All these little beauties—and so many more…

Grapevine Picks: Seismic Scenes, Mountain Music And Dirty Drag

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Here’s your Friday fix of fun stuff to do over the next few days. We’ve got an exhibition by new…

New Facets To The Melting Diamond: Benni Hemm Hemm’s Composed Improvisations

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When asked to tell us about his new album, Benni Hemm Hemm, (Benedikt Hermann Hermannsson, to his mum), couldn’t have…

Music Raised To The Power Of Three: Salóme Katrín, ZAAR and RAKEL

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“It’s a grapefruit, actually,” Rakel Sigurðardóttir gently points out as we discuss a papier-mâché sculpture of a citrus fruit. To…

Grapevine Picks: Sóley, Slurry, Benni and Burlesque

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Here’s your weekly fix of Grapevine goodies from Reykjavík’s events scene. In fact, since the pandemic restrictions have melted away,…

The Quiet Music Men: Hugar Create Chilled Classics

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Musical duo Hugar have been a creative partnership for 10 years now, a fact that seems to take the individuals…

An Icelandic Noise: Dance Music, Wild Sounds And Gentle Folk

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What does Iceland sound like? Perhaps it’s an odd question to ask about a big chunk of rock in the…

A Cathedral Of Ice: Langjökull’s Newest Natural Glacial Cave

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You’ll probably never need to consider quite how heavy a snowmobile is until you roll one over on a glacier,…

The Cold Light Of Night: Kælan Mikla Have A Dark New Universe To Share

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The mercurial Kælan Mikla defy description in many ways. Although it might appear that many of the band’s motifs and…

Dancing Between The Cracks: Hvíla Sprungur Explores Our Personal Crevasses

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Iceland’s glaciers are a rich source of symbolism. We observe these majestic ice caps melt and recede as a stark…

Renaissance Man: Magnús Jóhann

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Magnús Jóhann is a tad late for his Grapevine interview. Not rockstar late, you understand, although given his emergent position…

Grapevine Grassroots: Live Track And Interview With Inspector Spacetime

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The next emerging act to feature in our look back at the Live From Reykjavík festival is Inspector Spacetime. The…

Video Of The Year: Máni Sigfússon for Kælan Mikla’s “Hvítir Sandar”

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Kælan Mikla are a band with a very particular visual aesthetic, and it came as no surprise to the awards…

Reykjavík Grapevine Music Awards: Shout Out To Minningar

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Every year, the Grapevine Music Awards give a shout out to someone who has made the musical world a better…

Artist Of The Year: Inspector Spacetime

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Inspector Spacetime materialise unexpectedly in the middle of the Grapevine Awards party, and tumble out of their time-travelling British phone…

Grapevine Grassroots: Live Track And Interview With Laufey

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Reykjavík native Laufey has been charming YouTube audiences ever since she started posting home videos of her solo musical performances…

Grapevine Walking Tours: New Dates Released

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When you visit Reykjavík, come and meet Pollý and the Grapevine crew! New dates for our Walking Tour Of Reykjavík…

Christmas Beyond The Stratosphere: A Concert For Theremin and Hulda

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Seven days before Christmas, Reykjavík musician Hekla Magnúsdóttir will team up with multimedia artist Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir to perform a…

Eivør’s Cross-Cultural Global Roots

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“It’s nice here, isn’t it?” offers Faroese musician Eivør Pálsdóttir as she settles into an office chair. “I miss it…