Iceland Airwaves Announces 40 More Bands, Stéréógúm Is Unable To Resist

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)
Brain Police
Envy of Nona
Cocktail Vomit
The Music Zoo
Póetrix
Dimma
Drep
Future Future
I Adapt
Sólstafir
Perfect Disorder
Royal Fortune
Hellvar
Dýrðin
Ég
Hoffman
Æla
Thundercats
Vilhelm
Múgsefjun
Kalli
Fabúla
The Viking Giant Show
Védís
Kenya
Single Drop
Toggi
Rafhans 021
President Bongo (DJ set)
Foreign Monkeys
Biogen
Atómstöðin
Úlpa
Noise
The Telepathetics
Nilfisk
Weapons

etc?

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.