Dates, Details, Music Lineup Plus Tickets & Travel Information
Iceland Airwaves returns to Reykjavik and is set to take place Nov. 3-6, 2021.
There will be more than 200 acts from around the globe performing during the four-day event. The festival started in 1999 as a small concert in an old Icelandic airport hanger. It brings together a multinational audience to celebrate music, culture and the Icelandic lifestyle.
Here is the link to get tickets. Plus, check out Icelandair’s travel packages from US destinations here. Packages with departures beginning Nov. 1 are available starting at $604 per person for air and festival pass. Hotel-inclusive packages are also available during the booking process.
The Lineup For Iceland Airwaves 2021
The UK’s biggest breakthrough artist of the year, Arlo Parks, is a headliner. Having soothed millions with her captivating and poetic debut album ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’, the 3 time Brit 2020 nominee is being justifiably described as the “voice of a generation”.
Fans of twisted indie trip-hop sounds will want to catch one of the UK’s hottest new acts, the FKA Twigs and Gorillaz-approved duo Sad Night Dynamite. Across the Atlantic, Chicago’s mutli-talent vocalist, songwriter and producer KeiyaA is on an undeniable rise with her woozy electro soul, whilst Bartees Strange’s debut ‘Live Forever’ is an electrifying mix of opera, emo and hardcore.
As always, Iceland Airwaves also shines light on the freshest Icelandic talent. Newcomers this year include Laufey (who just took out ‘Best Jazz / Blues Newcomer’ at the 2021 Icelandic Music Awards), post-classical pianist Eydís Evensen, the emo-pop-hip-hop of Ouse, and local hard rock extravaganza Power Paladin. There’s also the return of synth-punk risers Kælan Mikla, indie pop troubadour Axel Flóvent and dream pop trio Vök.
With anticipation for this year’s event at an all time high – many buzz-worthy acts confirmed today will be performing live for the first time since 2019, including Luxembourg’s Francis of Delirium and Tuys, the heady clash of post punk and hip-hop of London’s Wu-Lu, Ireland’s pop prodigy Smoothboi Ezra, and rising rap star, and winner of the 2020 RTÉ Choice Music Prize for Album of The Year, Denise Chaila.
Reykjavík also welcomes the likes of America’s hottest act Black Pumas and Canada’s Crack Cloud and Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu. The UK’s Metronomy, Squid, Dry Cleaning, Lynks and Porridge Radio will perform alongside Iceland’s Eurovision sensation Daði Freyr and long-standing Airwaves favourites Sin Fang, Mugison, Mammút and Bríet, who swept last week’s Iceland Music Awards, taking out Pop Album of the Year, Lyricist of the Year, and Female Singer of the Year.