Retro Stefson Breaks Out In Europe - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Retro Stefson Breaks Out In Europe

Published March 1, 2011

Icelandic band Retro Stefson has signed a record deal with Universal, and will be moving abroad to commence a European tour.
According to a press release, Universal has agreed to publish their album Kimbabwe and distribute it in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and across eastern Europe. In addition, Universal also has exclusive rights to the next two albums the band makes.
The band has also made a 3-year publishing deal with Sony ATV, which will help the band get their music used in movies, television, and other media.
Retro Stefson has newly returned from the Eurosonic music festival where they were apparently well-received. This was also evident after they played two concerts at the by:larm festival in Oslo, where a review of their performance in the festival’s paper reads, “Some bands are so charming and fun that you just want to be with them forever and ever. Icelandic worldpoppers Retro Stefson are SO much fun that it‘s easy to forget that the music is great too. They‘ve even got a song that in a perfect world would have been a smash hit all over the world – „Kimba“ is brilliant, and a tune that Vampire Weekend and El Guincho probably would give their souls to have as their own.”
The new contracts for the band compel them to move to Europe, where they will begin touring with The Go! Team in six German cities. From there, they will tour numerous other concerts and summer festivals across Europe.
In the meantime, the band will be playing at Græni Hatturinn in Akureyri this Thursday. As this may be one of their last concerts in Iceland, a large turn-out is expected. So if you happen to be up north, you should make it a point to check them out.

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