If you’re reading this and have any interest in Icelandic music, do everything in your power to see this. Between March 25 and April 2, the youngest generation of Icelandic musicians are going to strut their stuff at the annual Icelandic Music Experiments 2011. Essentially, a teen battle of the bands, it started as a simple ‘keep-kids-away-from-drugs’ sort of thing in 1982, but has since evolved into a breeding ground for future greatness, as victors and finalists (all of which have to be under 25, according to the contest rules) very often become respected bands and musicians later, if not immediately following participation; Músíktilraunir has produced acts such as Maus, Botnleðja, Stjörnukisi, Mínus, XXX Rottweiler, Mammút, Jakobínarína and Agent Fresco, and that’s just counting actual contest winners. The applications are pretty much first-come-first-serve, so viewers can expect a totally random and absolutely fascinating sample of a whole generation of musicians in the first stages of their development. It’s a must-see, and has been for years.
Semi-Finals @ Tjarnarbíó, Tjarnargata 12, 101 Reykjavík, March 25-28, 19:00 each night – 1000 ISK
Finals @ Íslenska Óperan, Ingólfstræti 2a, 101 Reykjavík, April 2, 16:00 – 1500 ISK