Sigur Rós have announced some of the performers who’ll take part in their Christmas time festival, Norður og Niður. The festival will run at Harpa between December 27-30, with performances from Pulp frontman and solo artist Jarvis Cocker, elusive My Bloody Valentine auteur Kevin Shields, acclaimed songstress Julianna Barwick, euphoric electronica star Dan Deacon, and post-rock collective Stars Of The Lid. The festival also promises “art installations, dance pieces, film screenings, spoken word and impromptu happenings.” Tickets are on sale now.
The teenage rap duo JóiP og Króli have been tearing up the Icelandic music scene with their debut album ‘GerviGlingur.’ Just a day after its release, their songs occupied the top eight spots of the Iceland Top 50 list on Spotify—something that has never happened before. Their hits ‘B.O.B.A’ and ‘Taktlaus’ currently have more listens than there are Icelanders in the world. A month ago nobody knew who they were, now they are on everyone’s lips. Definitely two to watch.
Cult Reykjavík label Ladyboy Records have announced two new releases, both on “the reckless, upbeat side of the sonic spectrum.” The first is Rattofer’s ‘Nineteen Eighty Floor,’ to be released on cassette tape in a limited edition of 50, with laser-etched cases. The second is a darkwave 7” by Kuldaboli, entitled ‘Eðlileg Mannvera,’ in an even smaller batch of 25 copies. A release party will be held at Húrra on September 23, with both artists performing live and the label co-founder Harry Knuckles DJing between sets.
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