Iceland’s foremost musicians band together for ‘Live From Reykjavík’, a new, streaming festival brought to you by the team behind Iceland Airwaves.
Today, Of Monsters and Men, Ólafur Arnalds, Ásgeir, Daði Freyr, Júníus Meyvant and more are announced for two nights of incredible performances across Reykjavík on Friday November 13th and Saturday November 14th 2020.
An incredible assembly of artists come together for this ambitious online event, making it one of the biggest ever celebrations of Icelandic talent for the world to see, and the first major livestream event from the world’s most Northerly capital. The line up reflects the creativity, dynamism and diversity in Iceland’s music scene. ‘Live from Reykjavik’ is a collaboration with Iceland’s public broadcaster RÚV, and will also be broadcasted domestically on TV, radio and online.
“We wanted to find a way to shine a spotlight on the vast talent of the music scene here in Iceland,” says festival director Ísleifur Þórhallsson, “as well as support the larger industry and show some innovation. To have all these artists in Iceland at the same time is a ‘lighting strikes once’ moment, and we wanted to seize it with both hands.”
The festival features both internationally established acts and artists on the rise. Riding high on another success with their new single ‘Visitor’, Of Monsters and Men will perform a dazzling set in one of the most intimate venues they’ve played for many years. Ólafur Arnalds will premiere a special show in support of his upcoming album ‘some kind of piece’ (released this November). Ásgeir, one Iceland’s best loved singer songwriters, will visit music from his latest long player ‘Bury the Moon’ right back to his debut ‘In The Silence’.
Daði Freyr will present his new show, including this year’s global viral smash ‘Think About Things’ (over 50,000,000 streams and counting), alongside BDSM techno provocateurs Hatari, who caught the world’s imagination at Eurovision 2018, and are the subject of a new feature film ‘A Song Called Hate’.
Emilíana Torrini makes a welcome return, joined by friends Tina Dickow, Markéta Irglová, Pétur Ben and Helgi Jonssonperforming each other’s songs in an intimate set. Legendary Icelandic troubadours Júníus Meyvant and Mugison will take the moment to perform some of their most loved tracks alongside premiering new material.
Other acts set to appear include the sax and synth heavy tracks of dream-pop trio Vök, chamber pop group Hjaltalín, the brightest new faces of the Icelandic pop scene Bríet, Auður and GDRN, darkwave breakthrough band Kælan Mikla, longstanding Iceland Airwaves Alumni MAMMÚT, and uprising rap artist Cell7.
Performances will be captured across iconic Airwaves venues such as Iðnó, Gamla Bío, Art Museum Reykjavík and more.
To celebrate this unique moment around the world, the performances will stream from 19:30 GMT, and then across optimised time zones on Nov 13/14* at:
Australasia* (AEDT East Coast Australia) 19:30 start (*Nov 14/15 due to international date line)
UK / Europe (GMT) 19:30 start
East Coast America (EST) 19:30 start
West Coast America (PST) 19:30 start
Ticket options include:
2-day pass for both days (GBP £40 / USD $50 / AUD $70)
1-day pass for Friday or Saturday (GBP £30 / USD $40 / AUD $55)