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Reykjavik Gets Tropical

Published June 2, 2006

Reykjavik Gets Tropical

The saxophonist for Zappa Plays Zappa provided us with one of the most surreal, and possibly precognizant, quotes in the history of the Grapevine: he asked us if Iceland was “quite tropical” like Hawaii. Maybe he was addicted to the science magazine Nature, which just revealed that Greenhouse gasses at one point brought the Arctic to a year-round temperature of 74 degrees Fahrenheit.
We recommend the Zappa Plays Zappa concert on June 9 as another in a long line of must see concerts this summer. But for the more pleasant sign of global warming, we should also recommend Reykjavík’s outdoor festival, the Reykjavík Trópík festival from June 2nd to the 4th.
As Trópík is organized by people who actually live here, there will be a massive tent to block of the Arctic wind and rain that still rises, now and then, and the festival also takes the cue from the king of local festivals, Iceland Airwaves, in that it strongly incorporates local bands with critically acclaimed greats from abroad, among the visitors, Supergrass, ESG and Ladytron, playing with locals like Apparat Organ Quartet, Benni Hemm Hemm and Gus Gus.

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