Author: - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Strange Rewards: Cate Le Bon Dropped Out Of Music And Made A Mercury-Nominated Masterpiece

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At the start of the summer, talk of Cate Le Bon’s beautifully formed new LP ‘Reward’ spread like wildfire. Lauded…

Feasting On Summer At Mat Bar

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It’s been en vogue in recent times for Reykjavík restaurants to attach the word “seasonal” to their menu. While in…

The Vegan Food Guide: A Reykjavík ExtraVEGANza

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It wasn’t a million years ago that it was hard to come up with a reliable dinner recommendation for vegans…

The Renegade Mister: Mr. Silla Returns With A Pop Banger

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Mr. Silla’s new single is an unexpected pop banger. A far cry from the largely downtempo and emotional sound of…

DJ Playlist: Yamaho Lines Up Páll Óskar, GusGus And ILO

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Natalie G. Gunnarsdóttir is better known as Yamaho, a respected veteran DJ on the Reykjavík scene. Known for propulsive sets…

The Real Thing: Icelandic Teams Have Their Asses Handed To Them In Europe

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As the domestic Pepsi League chugs along in a state of relative stasis, the top four Icelandic teams of last…

There Is A Smite That Never Goes Out: Icelandic Football Update

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As the 2019-20 pre-season intensifies, the fate of our bold and mighty smiters comes into clearer focus. Of course, their…

Deff Becomes Her: A Shemanic Trance Falls Over Pride

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Deff is a powerful presence in the Reykjavík drag scene. The alter-ego of Neville J. Ingley, Deff delivers energetic, fast…

Icelandic Music News: Innipúkinn Festival Is Go!, MYRKFÆLNI 3 Released & More

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The many-splendored Icelandic music scene continues to grow and evolve apace, like No Face from Spirited Away when it was…

Fish Stew From Heaven: A Plokkfiskur-Induced Trance At Fisherman

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Ah, plokkfiskur, that most reliable of Icelandic comfort foods. Take some delicious hunks of fresh white fish, mash it together…

Multiple Hikers Rescued On Fimmvörðuháls Trail This Week

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For the third time in five days, rescue workers were called to assist a hiker who ran into trouble on…

The Seven Best Icelandic Spas To Soak The Blues Away

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You’ve probably heard about the borderline-magical healing powers of Icelandic spas. Unlike the heavily-chlorinated urban puddles of many mainland European…

DJ Playlist: Z Is An Icelandic DJ Who Listens To The Gods

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Óskar Þór Argrímsson—who performs as Z—is one of Reykjavík’s most eclectic DJs. His sets can contain anything from unfamiliar Eastern…

The Pepsi League: Hey, Why Have Just Two Sets Of Goalposts?

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As the Pepsi League reaches the halfway point of the 2019 season, KR Reykjavík—the black ‘n’ white magpies of Vesturbær—show…

Editorial: Of Monsters And Men—A Gateway Drug To Icelandic Music?

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During the making of this issue, it came as a bit of a surprise to us in the Grapevine office…

Icelandic Football News: Sexy Rúrik Smashes In A Hattrick!

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With just a few weeks remaining until the start of the 2019-20 season, the smiters have returned to their clubs…

The Future Sound Of Iceland: Hermigervill Releases Two Albums In Six Months

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Whether you know it or not, you’ve probably heard the music of Sveinbjörn Thorarensen. A producer, solo artist, master collaborator,…

Making Of An Artist: Smoke, Carbon, And A Love Supreme With Úlfur Hansson

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Úlfur Hansson is a Brooklyn-based solo musician, film composer and sound artist. He has released three albums—2008’s ‘Sweaty Psalms,’ followed…

Animals And Funk: Vínstúkan Tíu Sopar Breathes New Life Into An Old Haunt

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It doesn’t take long to feel at home in Vínstúkan Tíu Sopar. Five minutes after arriving, I find myself perched…

Grapevine Playlist: K.ola, Múm Vs. Kronos Quartet, ADHD, Hjaltalín, Hermigervill

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Live seven lightning bolts striking your prefrontal cortex, here are the latest electrifying phenomena to appear from within the Icelandic…

Hornstrandir: A Westfjords Adventure On The Trail Of The Arctic Fox

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We’re about an hour out of Ísafjörður harbour when the horizon suddenly tilts. As our tiny, crowded passenger boat passes…

The Secret Greenhouse: A Hidden Bathing Paradise At Heydalur

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It’s approaching midnight when we turn down Route 633 towards Heydalur. The rough dirt road traces the coastline of Mjóifjörður…

Music News: Cate Le Bon Comes To Iceland, We Boo As Húrra Closes

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The Hljómahöll museum venue at Keflavík’s Museum of Rock ‘n’ Roll, has announced a concert by Welsh indie star Cate…

Premiere: Mr. Silla Wants To Run Away With You On New Single “Naruto”

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Mr. Silla has unveiled the first single from their forthcoming second solo album ‘Hands On Hands.’ “Naruto (say you’ll run…

Happening Tonight: JFDR, Jaakko Eino Kalevi & Farao

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Three Grapevine favourites join forces tonight for a blockbuster live show at IÐNÓ. Iceland’s own JFDR will perform alongside breakthrough…