Of Monsters & Men have been announced as one of the headliners of Iceland Airwaves 2019. A vastly popular pop/rock band, they were the first Icelandic band to pass 1 billion plays on Spotify, beating stars like Sigur Rós, Björk and Bjarki to this streaming landmark. All of which suggests that they’ll be a mainstream attraction and shift some festival tickets. They’re on sale now—net yours at icelandairwaves.is.
The 2019 LungA festival is set to be a blockbuster, with some top names from the Icelandic scene joining the bill. We’ll know by then (or even as you read this) whether our current cover stars Hatari won Eurovision; either way, they’re a must-see live band. Breakout coldwave band Kælan Mikla join them on the bill alongside our Album of the Year music award winner GDRN, pop starlet BRIET, and DIY revolutionaries bagdad brothers, Goss and Yung Nigo Drippin. Five bands are yet to be announced; tickets are on sale now at lunga.is.
Extreme Chill turns ten this year, and they’re celebrating in style with a four-venue downtown festival September 12-15th. Tangerine Dream will play the anniversary edition at Gamla Bíó, alongside Eraldo Bernocchi (IT), Marcus Fischer (US), Hotel Neon (US) and more. Get tickets at extremechill.org.
The indiest festival of the summer, however, is definitely Hátiðni, run by the exciting post-dreifing arts and music collective, which takes place in Borðeyri July 5-7th. They’ve announced the addition of sideproject, Nornagal, xGADDAVÍRx, Spaðabani, IDK / IDA, and Ʒɛb ənd Iːwa. Get more info at post-dreifing.is.
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