Despite raging uncertainty, rampant rumours and lots of mixed messages from all over, it finally seems clear that, yes, Iceland Airwaves will happen again this October and, yes, it will as per usual feature lots of cool musicians, a bunch of mediocre ones and a whole lot of good old-fashioned drunken debauchery. This is of course great news: the Iceland Airwaves festival has provided us with some truly amazing times over the last decade, and the awesome music scene now raging all over the country truly deserves a festival in its honour.
Initial statements from Mr. Destiny, the company behind Iceland Airwaves, indicate that this year’s bash will cut back a bit in the total number of bands featured (they were getting too many, anyway) and focus more extensively on local acts while maintaining a high standard for the international ones that make it over. It’ll take place on October 14-18, so save the dates and book a flight already.
The following acts had been confirmed for Iceland Airwaves 2009 at the time of print:
Micachu And The Shapes, Metronomy,James Yuill,Thecocknbullkid, Casio Kids, Golden Filter, Nina Kinerd & Golden Silvers
Agent Fresco, Mammút, FM Belfast, Jeff Who?, Reykjavík!would, Retro Stefson, Vicky, Cliff Clavin, Sudden Weather Change, Hjaltalín, Gus Gus, Eberg, Dikta, Oculus, Benni Crespo’s Gang, Esja, Ólafur Arnalds, Æla, Bárujárn, Sykur, Me, The Slumbering Napoleon, Miri, Swords of Chaos, Leaves, Dynamo Fog, Langi Seli & Skuggarnir
Locals should note that tickets to Iceland Airwaves 2009 will be priced in Euros, unless you buy them real soon, in which case you’ll get ‘em at last year’s price.