With Sin Fang playing Húrra tonight, this week starts with a bang, and continues strong through the weekend with concerts and other events. See below for a selection of highlights.
Sin Fang / Vaginaboys
Sin Fang, winner of Grapevine’s 2013 ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’, kicks off this short week with a concert at Húrra. This should be cause enough for celebration, but the one-man-act’s supporting band is worthy of attention for more than just its provocative name, Vaginaboys. The boys are playing with mighty powerful forces, jamming 80s style with their own bittersweet r’n’b slow jams. Check ’em out.
-May 26, Húrra at 20:00, 1,500 ISK admission
Helgi Valur Album Release Concert
Singer-songwriter Helgi Valur has been on the scene for a while, yet his fourth and most recent concept album, ‘Notes from the Underground’, may very well be his most wholesome work yet. It was recorded in a mental institution and halfway house in Berlin as he recovered from a mental breakdown, and he says over the phone that it spans his entire cycle of self-destruction and mayhem to resurrection and redemption. “This is the first album I wrote sober, and I feel it is the best work I’ve ever done,” he says, “and in it I managed to draw out all of the elements that make me who I am.” It features a guitar solo, a rap chapter, and lots of good bits in between. His live show is supported by members of Muck, Grísalappalísa and Oyama.
-May 27, Húrra at 21:00, 1,500 ISK admission
Skerðing / Pungsig / Þegiðu
In case you’re completely spent after all the Eurovision pre-parties, parties and after-parties, with the endless costume changes and copious amounts of alcohol they involve, then this event is for you. There will be no theatrics, no confetti explosions, no witty commentators, and no reason to use your noggin—just grab a beer, wear the same outfit you wore yesterday, and allow the young boys of Skerðing, Pungsig and Þegiðu to revitalise you with their brand of punk rock. You deserve it.
-May 29, Gaukurinn at 22:00
Tweed Ride Reykjavik 2015
It’s time to polish your beard, steam your suit, and make sure your bike is in tip-top shape because on May 30 it’s the annual Tweed Ride Reykjavík. Starting from Hallgrímskirkja church, this jolly ride takes participants around the city for a magical excursion with a lot of class. Attendees will be expected to dress with the highest style of a bygone era—think tweed suits and a tasteful mustache. The ride ends with high tea at Kex Hostel, and the bestowal of awards for the best-dressed man, the best-dressed woman, and the most fabulous bike. No word on whether or not there will be a croquet match to follow.
-May 30, starts from Hallgrímskirkja at 14:00, free admission!
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