Iceland Airwaves Reveals First Wave

Iceland Airwaves 2024 Announces first wave of artists, including SHYGIRL, BAR ITALIA, CHARLOTTE ADIGÉRY & BOLIS PUPUL, JOY, SAYA GRAY
Iceland Airwaves 2023 Photo: Cat Gundry Beck

Iceland Airwaves announces the first names for its 25th Anniversary edition, taking place November 7th – 9th 2024 in Downtown Reykjavik. Celebrating two and a half decades of bringing Iceland’s creative community together with some of the world’s most cutting edge artists. Leading today’s announcement is South London singer and producer Shygirl, known for her mid-2000s the 2023 Mercury Prize nominee has released solo albums alongside collaborations with the likes of SOPHIE, Arca, and FKA twigs.

“We are incredibly proud to be celebrating not only 25 years of Iceland Airwaves, but 25 years of playing a key part in the careers of some of the world’s most talented artists,” says Ísleifur Þórhallsson, Festival Manager for Iceland Airwaves. “Over the years we have seen many of our Airwaves alumni grow from strength to strength, often developing into some of the industry’s most acclaimed artists. It is an honour to continue to bring new talent to Reykjavik, and share our beloved Icelandic community with the world.”

Also announced today are cult London trio bar italia, formed out of their existing projects – Sam Fenton and Jezmi Fehmi’s Double Virgo, and Nina Cristante’s NINA. Following two albums via Dean Blunt’s label World Music, they moved to Matador to release follow ups Tracey Denim and The Twits, all starring their signature lo-fi, scuzzy, grunge.

Elsewhere, the lineup sees Toronto-based, Japanese-Scottish artist Saya Gray announced for the festival. Recognised for her genre-bending soundscapes, Saya Gray’s 19 MASTERS and QWERTY certified her as a fresh new voice in experimental music.

Celebrating creativity on both a local and worldwide scale, Iceland Airwaves will also offer a global stage to a range of beloved local artists, both honouring and supporting the local community and scenes. One addition from much closer to home is Inspector Spacetime, the Icelandic trio’s whose high energy rendition of noughties disco is irresistibly lovable. Alongside Inspector Spacetime comes Icelandic hip-hop duo, Úlfur Úlfur, who have spent 15 years developing their sound into something that is more than ordinary rap. Further Icelandic additions comes in the form of Klemens Hannigan – a composer, performer, artist, and carpenter based in Reykjavik – mostly known for his work with award-winning multimedia techno performance art project HATARI, where he composes and performs music, along with art direction of the project.

Just Announced (A-Z):

Anish Kumar (UK) | bar italia (UK) | Bolis Pupul (BE) | Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul (BE) | eee gee (DK) | freekind. (SL) | Inspector Spacetime (IS) | Joy (Anonymous) (UK) | K.óla (IS) | Klemens Hannigan (IS) | Loverman (BE) | lúpína (IS) | Magdalena Bay (US) | Mandy, Indiana (UK) | mary in the junkyard (UK) | Migluma (LT) | Múr (IS) | Opus Kink (UK) | Orbit (DE) | Róshildur (IS) | Saya Gray (CA) | Shygirl (UK) | UCHE YARA (AT) | Úlfur Úlfur (IS) | Une Misère (IS) | Vévaki (IS) | virgin orchestra (IS)

order tickets for Iceland Airwaves 2024 HERE

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