If you enjoyed Airwaves 2011, or missed it due to last-minute planning, you now have plenty of time to get ready for the next one, as tickets for Iceland Airwaves 2012 are now on sale.
Advanced purchase tickets will be made available on their website today. The festival will be held from October 31 to November 4, 2012, and the first artists booked will be announced after the new year. As last year’s tickets sold up and sold out pretty quickly, now may very well be the time to buy one.
In related music news, two Icelandic acts have been nominated for the Nordic Music Prize. In the category of Best Nordic Album 2011, both Gus Gus’ Arabian Horse and Björk’s Biophilia are among the 12 nominees for the prize.
A statement from the jury says: “The jury agrees that it has been a very strong year for Nordic music, even stronger than 2010. The Nordic countries definitely have something in common, and the Nordic music territory is one of the strongest in Europe now, only England can compete. And that is something to be proud of. The output from each country was very even in terms of quality, with a big healthy variety of genres from leftfield punk to avant garde jazz, and also artists from several generations. Established acts and debut artists competing on the same level. And a very strong year for female artists as well, with Lykke Li, Björk, Ane Brun and Anna Järvinen.”
Leaders of the selection process all hail from a different Nordic country. The other nominees are:
Ane Brun – It All Starts With One
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
Rubik – Solar
Malk De Koijn – Toback To The Fromtime
Siinai – Olympic Game
Iceage – New Brigade
Montée – Renditions Of You
Anna Järvinen – Anna Själv Tredje
Goran Kajfes – X/Y
The Field – Looping state of mind