From Iceland — The Art of Having Fun

The Art of Having Fun

Published August 1, 2008

Photo by
Jói Kjartans

LungA is a weeklong art festival for youngsters, held in the small but picturesque town of Seyðisfjörður in the East Fjords. I arrived for the final party with not much more than a handful of films and a toothbrush in my pocket. The highlights for me were the electronic bands FM Belfast, Kasper Bjørke and Trentemøller. FM Belfast are releasing their first album this fall and their set was extremely enjoyable.
    After FM Belfast I was taken to my friends’ headquarters, Hafsíld, which is an abandoned herring factory far away from any real valuables and sleeping children. When I arrived the group had somehow managed to make it decent and cover the walls and windows with freshly made artwork. Every now and then you could also experience happenings that oddly enough all contained nudity.
    Around midnight it was time to see Kasper Bjørke and Trentemøller play in the town’s sports hall. The crowd mainly consisted of youngsters attending the festival and then a handful of 101 Reykjavík rats who were maybe looking for a nice change from Kaffibarinn, myself included. Kasper Bjørke’s set was very good but Trentemøller stole the show and left virtually no one untouched, let alone dry. After the party some brave guests went for a swim in the freezing fjord but at that point my luck and films had run out.  

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