Currently happening for the third time (RIGHT NOW, AS YOU READ THIS!), the Keflavík edition of the ever-eclectic, always innovative All Tomorrow’s Parties festival has become a welcome mainstay in Iceland’s live music calendar. Indeed, this year’s line-up is nothing short of stunning, with artists like Iggy Pop, Run The Jewels, Belle & Sebastian, Public Enemy, Swans, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Drive Like Jehu appearing alongside a gourmet selection of local talent (Valgeir Sigurðsson, Oyama, Pink Street Boys and Kiasmos, to name but a few).
Taking place as in previous years at the site of Keflavík’s abandoned former NATO base, the bash also features movie screenings (curated by Mogwai) and lots of fun drinking and socialising. In case you haven’t secured your ticket yet, we offer three reasons why you should dole out for a day pass:
1. The music
So much great music. Including, but not limited to, Mudhoney! Mudhoney! Scope the full line-up on their website.
2. Two-and-a-half-hour sets
If you are a fan of Swans or GY!BE, you’re in for a treat, as the recently unveiled schedule shows that both bands are slated to play for a whopping 150 minutes (perhaps not a bad idea, given how many ten-minute songs there are in each band’s repertoire). Whether you’re more for their earlier material or latest hits, chances are you’ll get a bit of both.
3. It’s practically charity
Since US armed forces left in 2006, Keflavík has suffered some of the highest unemployment rates in the country. There have been other attempts at bringing people to the area, such as through the disastrous Keflavík Music Festival of yesteryear, but nothing has stuck for as long, or been as successful, as ATP. Help reinforce local culture and stimulate the economy while enjoying some great music? What a nice idea!