Congratulations: it’s payday today! What better way to celebrate than with a weekend out on the town? From this year’s edition of the Reykjavík Arts Festival to kick ass concerts, here’s a fresh Weekend Edit to help you choose amongst the most interesting events held in Reykjavík until Sunday evening.
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Reykjavík Arts Festival
Friday 1st to Sunday 17th — All over town
Reykjavík Arts Festival is here once more to take over the city with openings, exhibitions, music, and all flavours of interdisciplinary performance. Are you ready? Grab a copy of the Grapevine anywhere in town and check out our picks, from Daniel Lismore‘s exhibit and the art performance Peppermint to Bill Murray’s cello concert and a cool block party. JR
Journey To Home
Opens on Sunday 3rd — Wind & Weather Window Gallery
This exhibit is moving—no, literally moving. With a traveling gallery, the nomadic window searches for home. What is home? Can it be plotted and mapped? HJC
Strell Ytzia Blossom: A Utopian Drag Show
June 7th — 21:00 — Gaukurinn
Whether you’re new or not to the flourishing drag scene of Iceland, you need some Strell Ytzia in your life. Join her on Thursday night for the culmination of years of performances. This Utopian Drag show will take you on a journey of wonder and liberation intertwined with songs, lip-syncs and poetry delivered by some of Iceland’s beloved divas, including butch disaster comedy queen Jackie Moon and goth heartbreaking powerhouse Hans. But wait—there’s more! All profits will go to publishing ‘Estranged,’ a new magazine striving to be a welcoming platform for all kinds of experiences and for all those who have felt estranged from society at some point in their life. This issue goes deep into the Icelandic drag scene, so if you like the show, open your pockets so you can read more about it. AD
Sing Fang, Sóley & Örvar Smárason
Friday 1st — Tjarnarbíó — 21:00 — 2,900 ISK
After warming up with tours of Germany and China, Iceland’s premier indie supergroup bring their three-way collaboration home. In the old cinema by the pond Tjarnarbíó, you’ll be treated to a twenty-minute solo set from each of the musicians before they join together to play songs from their 2017 ‘Team Dreams’ LP. Entry is 2,900 ISK, and gets you four concerts for the price of one; take some friends to realise your squad goals and team dreams all at once.
Friday 1st — 21:00 — Húrra — 4,500ISK
We know what you’re thinking: how could a piece of pork perform on a stage? Ha! The joke’s on you: it’s actually a band! HAM have been around since the late 80s and are widely considered one of Iceland’s best rock bands. Their singer used to be Iceland’s former minister of health. It’s going to be legendary. PW
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