In October 1986, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds visited Iceland. The visit has long since entered the annals of Icelandic rock n’ roll history, not for the musical performance per se, as much as for the circulating rumours of how the singer’s then-perilous heroin addiction was dealt with in a country where non-prescription-based opiates are not easily available.
Not one to let the past stand in the way of the future, Cave has since returned to Iceland twice performing solo to sold-out concert crowds in 2002. Lately, the Aussie has been involved in Icelandic theatre productions, writing the score for the production of Georg Büchner’s play, Woyzeck, for the Icelandic theatre group Vesturport. Cave also wrote his own play for the group.
Cave will again return to Iceland this September, this time along with members of the Bad Seeds. He will attend the opening of his film The Proposition, which will mark the close of the Iceland International Film Festival on September 15th. Cave will conclude his visit by performing at yet another sold-out venue on the 16th. SBB
Nick Cave, Laugardalshöll, 16 September 2006