This year Iceland Airwaves (10/17-10/21) falls smack in the middle of CMJ (10/16-10/20). The latter takes place in our ‘hood, the former on an island in Northwestern Europe … but the Reykjavík festival’s lineup’s strong enough that the pull of indie rock besides black volcanic rock, geysers, puffins, overpriced beer, and Skyr has proven irresistible. Yes, this is gonna be Stereogum’s first year weaving through the Reykjavikian streets and we’re stoked (don’t worry, we’ve uncovered a way to subdivide and plan to do double duty, covering both Airwaves and CMJ). Has anyone attended Iceland Airwaves before? How does it compare to, say, Coachella? Or CMJ for that matter? Takk in advance.
We’d already been psyched about catching Deerhoof, Of Montreal, those festival hounds !!!, Bloc Party (kinda), Best Fwends, Bonde de Role (nobody samples AC/DC and Europe better), Trentemøller, Buck 65, Chromeo, Loney, Dear and Icelandic favs múm, GusGus and Reykjavik! (their exclamation point, not ours). Then, a few minutes ago, we got a tip regarding 40 additional acts including Lali Puna, Tied & Tickled Trio, Ms John Soda, the Teenagers, Foals, Late of the Pier, the Duke Spirit, and what really has us excited, a pile of Icelandic acts, including Jakobínarína, Hafdís Huld, Kimono and…
Shogun (sigurvegarar Músíktilrauna)
Envy of Nona
The Music Zoo
The Viking Giant Show
President Bongo (DJ set)
So many potential discoveries!
No, the Go! Team isn’t playing this time around — that photo’s from last year. We figured we’d post it since we have a copy of Proof Of Youth and plan to prematurely evaluate all over that thing right quick.