The Bræðslan festival, which takes place annually in a fish factory in the remote East Iceland town of Bakkagerði in Borgarfjörður Eystri, has announced its 2018 lineup. Home to just 100 people, the festival sees visitors descend from all over Iceland; this year, they’ll see shows by hip young gunslingers Stjórnin, emotional rock band Agent Fresco, rock-rapper Emmsjé Gauti, Eurovision almost-was Daði Freyr, Westfjord folk-pop teens Between Mountains, and rock ‘n’ roll quintet Atomstation. Tickets are on sale now priced 9,300 ISK—check braedslan.is for more info. JR
A new cultural event appeared on the horizon this spring when an open call was issued to take part in the inaugural Reykjavík Fringe Festival. The idea first came in late 2016 during a conversation between organisers Jón Magnús Arnarsson, Nanna Gunnars and Sindri Þór Sigríðarson, who immediately set about creating the event. You can see the fruits of their labours between 4th-8th of July, when the festival—which promises elements of music, multimedia performance, comedy, art and more—will take place in downtown Reykjavík. Check out rvkfringe.is for more information. JR
12 Tónar, a legendary record shop and label on Skólavörðustigur in downtown Reykjavik, will be celebrating the twentieth anniversary of its opening this year with a fundraising campaign and anniversary event. 12 Tónar is reaching out to friends and followers to support the store in its future endeavours by offering exclusive merchandise, first-time vinyl releases of rare Icelandic classics, and “super rare items” from 12 Tónar’s exclusive private collection. The date of the event will be announced once the fundraising goal has been reached. JW
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