From Iceland — Airwaves Is Officially On, Daði Freyr To Play

Airwaves Is Officially On, Daði Freyr To Play

Published June 16, 2020

Sam O'Donnell

Iceland Airwaves, the world renowned music festival that puts new and fringe artists in the limelight, is officially set to happen as scheduled. With the opening of the country underway, it is safe to assume that events in the near future will also return to their normal scheduling. Such is the case with Iceland Airwaves, which has happened every year without fail since 1999.

Since COVID-19 shut the country down, there was some question as to whether the music festival would happen. A press release issued this morning has removed all doubt, confirming that Iceland’s newest pop king, Daði Freyr, will be playing at the festival.

Since performing at last years festival, the singer has broken the internet with a combination of catchy tunes, sweet dance moves, an amazing music video, and customised sweaters. His ubiquitous single, ‘Think About Things’, won the hearts of viewers at the Songvakeppninn contest that would select the artist who would represent Iceland in Eurovision this year, and hopefully win. That dream died on the vine when Eurovision 2020 was cancelled.

However, this unprecedented turn of events didn’t stop the single from sweeping the globe, sweeping up a groundswell of admirers worldwide, including notable celebrities Russell Crowe, Jennifer Garner, P!nk, and James Corden. Following petitions to name Daði this year’s default winner of Eurovision, he went on to win Eurostream 2020, the virtual Eurovision finals hosted by top Eurovision experts, but not endorsed by the officials at Eurovision.

Daði Freyr has since composed another single in English, which has similarly dominated radio airwaves and charts worldwide. And no wonder; it’s just as catchy as his first single in English, and features more of his sweet moves. Considering his December tour of Europe is nearly sold out, Airwaves is a great chance to catch the pop icon. See his newest video below.

As ever, those looking for more information or advice should go to the Icelandic Government’s excellent COVID-19 help page.

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