Iceland Airwaves has revealed the first bands for its long-awaited return later this year.
The Reykjavík-based festival has not taken place since 2019, with both its planned 2020 and 2021 editions cancelled as a result of the pandemic. Instead, a ‘Live From Reykjavík’ livestream has taken place in both years.
Now, it’s been confirmed that Iceland Airwaves will finally return from November 2-5 this year, with the likes of Amyl & the Sniffers, Arlo Parks, Crack Cloud, Metronomy and local heroes Daughters of Reykjavík all confirmed to play the event.
You can check out the event’s latest line-up in full below.
Reviewing last year’s livestream, Rolling Stone UK wrote: “When Iceland Airwaves organisers announced its cancellation earlier this year, it meant that festival goers were denied the chance to experience one of Europe’s most unique musical events for the second year in a row.
Traditionally held in early November, it’s a chance for music fans across the globe to descend on Reykjavik for performances from a mixture of top Icelandic and international talent, while also soaking up the delights of one of Europe’s most magical cities.”
Our review added: “All considered, Live From Reykjavik is a resounding triumph in snatching victory from the jaws of covid-induced defeat. The festival will be back in its full glory next year, all being well, but this was a more than satisfactory alternative for those yearning for their much needed Reykja-fix.”
The 2021 event saw performances from the likes of 2021 welcomed John Grant, Ásgeir, Laufey, GDRN, Daughters of Reykjavík, BSÍ and others.