Author: - The Reykjavik Grapevine

What The Hell Is Post-dreifing? An A-Z Guide To The DIY Music Scene

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The Post-dreifing scene has so much going on, it can be hard to find your bearings. To get you started,…

Oh, Those Summer Smites: No Games, Gylfi’s Wedding, Sexy Rúrik Update

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It’s the summer fallow season, when cottongrass blows through the air, the only sound anyone wants to hear is ice…

The Real Thing: Pepsi League Update—Champions Valur Not Champing

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One of the top stories of this year’s domestic Icelandic football division—named The Pepsi League, because everyone knows that sugary…

Making Of An Artist: MSEA’s Dance Parties And Canadian Spit

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MSEA is a Reykjavík-based Canadian musician making intriguing, textural electronica-and-voice music. Her work often includes collaborative visuals—her first single, ‘Sex…

The Old Bookstore of Flateyri: Eyþór Jóvinsson Rolls Back The Years

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The tiny Westfjords town of Flateyri juts out into the blue sea of Önundarfjörður on a thin spit of land….

Last Words: Why It’s Okay To Talk About Iceland’s Wild Places

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Whether you love it or loathe it, heart it or unfollow it, today’s Iceland is an Instagrammer’s dream. Sure, visitors…

The Real Thing: Icelandic Football News From The Pepsi League

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Ah, Pepsi. It’s not quite The Real Thing, but it’s everywhere anyway. Some people inexplicably prefer it to Coke, but…

Premiere: Jae Tyler Unveils A “Famous” New Single

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Regulars on the Reykjavík music scene will be more than familiar with “Kansas-bred art boy” and self-proclaimed psychedelic-party-pop artist Jae…

An Ocean Of Sound: Anna Þorvaldsdóttir Evokes The Vastness Of Nature

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At first, there’s a loud hissing, like a hard wind whipping up sand from a barren plain. It’s joined by…

Grapevine Playlist: ROKKY, Hildur & Teitur, Sigur Rós, Gyðjan Uxi & More

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Like six hidden people pirouetting out of a weird misty summer moss-scape, here are the latest mythical emergences from the…

Track By Track: Daniel Pioro – Dust (Ft. Valgeir Sigurðsson)

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Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson picked up an award at the International Composer’s Conference in Argentina earlier this year. The piece…

Flowers In Town: Blóm Í Bæ Festival Brings Hveragerði To Life

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The annual Blóm í Bæ festival (“Flowers in Town,” in English) is happening for the eighth time this weekend in…

#IcelandSmites: Turkey Smaught 2-1; Euro 2020 Looking Good

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Iceland’s mighty armada of deadly footballing wildlings visited unholy ruination upon the meek, scampering mice of Turkey yesterday in an…

Iceland’s Festival Season: Flying Balls & Indoor Demons

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Iceland might not be the best country in the world for camping, but that doesn’t stop us from putting on…

Track By Track: AdHd – AdHd7

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AdHd are an acclaimed genre-destroying four-piece group that started in 2008, comprising saxophonist Óskar Guðjónsson, guitar and bass player Ómar…

The Witches Of Búðir: A Magical Shop In Snæfellsnes

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Hotel Búðir juts up from Búðahraun lava field on the southern coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Visible for miles around,…

Making Of An Artist: IDK IDA’s Bees, Beauty And Anarchy In The Bleak North

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Ida Schuften Juhl is IDK IDA, a young producer, performer, artist and organiser who has become a firm favourite at…

Reykjavík Guide: 101 Joints That Have Stood The Test Of Time

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In this fast-moving city, if a shop, bar or restaurant has been around for years or even decades, they must…

#IcelandSmites: Hamrén’s Listing Longship Aims For Euro 2020

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There are no two ways about it: the globe-straddling, battle-hardened, foaming-at-the-mouth, never-say-die berserker glory of the Iceland men’s national football…

Music News: Sigur Rós Celebrate Ágætis Byrjun, Sacred Arts & Kælan Mikla

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‘Ágætis Byrjun,’ the breakthrough album by Sigur Rós, is twenty years old on June 12th. To celebrate, the band are…

Happening In Reykjavík: Weird Kids Run Amok, Bára’s Party, Dream Island

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As the sun continues to grace our pale, disbelieving faces, there are plenty of events going on to make the…

The Westman Islands: Craft Beer, Fine Food, Volcanoes & Puffin Watching

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The Westman Islands are a mountainous archipelago just south of Iceland’s mainland. The most scenic way to get there is…

Reykjavík Events: Can’t Think Just Feel, lowercase nights & More

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The weather has defied the forecasts and turned out to be warm, mild and sunny. Now that the weekend is…

Icelandic Music News: Kælan Mikla Play US, Valgeir Sigurðsson Awarded

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Folks from the Icelandic music scene have been out touring, getting on TV, putting out records, winning awards, and stirring…

Reykjavík Restaurants: Picturesque Dinner Spots

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Being a good restaurant is, of course, about more than just food. There are many things to take into account,…