Pollapönk Going To Eurovision - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Pollapönk Going To Eurovision

Published January 18, 2014

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Icelanders have decided which band should go to Denmark to represent their country in the qualifications round of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

Pollapönk (lit. “puddle punk”), and their song “Enga fordóma” (“No prejudice”), will soon be on their way to Denmark to represent Iceland in the competition. Vísir confirms that they will sing the song in English, with text written by John Grant.

It should also be noted that one of the two backing vocalists for the band is Bright Future MP Óttarr Proppé. Whilst it is unclear if he will be able to compete in Denmark, on account of his legislative duties, his participation would be the first time that an Icelandic member of parliament has competed in Eurovision.

Pollapönk was created by Heiðar Örn Kristjánsson and Haraldur Freyr Gíslason of the Icelandic post-punk band Botnleðja, who founded Pollapönk for the purpose of creating a music group that children and adults alike could enjoy. Haraldur’s brother, Arnar Þór Gíslason, and musician Guðni Finnsson joined up in 2007 to complete the quartet.

Below you can see a video of Pollapönk performing the song they hope will represent Iceland in the finals:


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