Celebrate Music Through The Airwaves Festival
Iceland celebrates music through the Airwaves festival which has been held in Reykjavik every year since 1999. The Icceland airwaves festival starts by the end of October and runs until the early days of November. It is usually celebrated for 5 days – from Wednesday until Sunday. The festival includes a variety of Icelandic artists as well as international artists. As early as now, there have been announcements about the artists who will be joining the festival. Some of the international artists who will be joining the next festival are AlunaGeorge (UK), Mariam The Believer (SE), On An On (US), Robert Foster, (AU), Stealing Sheep (UK), and Synthpop outfit DIANA (CA). In addition to this, Icelandic artists like Mammut, Muck, In the Company of Men, Oyama, Sin Fang, Reptillcus, and Hjatalin are only some of those who will be performing at the festival.
The Iceland Airwaves festival was first celebrated in 1999 in an airport hangar. Today, it is a 4 day celebration in different pubs, discotheques, coffee shops and concert halls found in the city of Reyjavik. Unlike other music festivals where the bands play in a stage and people far from the stage can only see them in big screens, the Airwaves festival’s artists play their music in different places to allow people to choose where to go and see them play live in person, it creates a more intimate atmosphere. This does not only happen during the night time but also during day time in coffee bars, hotels and even bookstores. No wonder the Rolling Stones magazine called it “the hippest long weekend on the annual music-festival calendar”.
This year, 2013, the festival will start on October 30 and end on November 3. Those who wish to attend the festival can get their tickets on the Iceland Airwaves website.
Tourists can also get package deals, which include air fare and hotel rooms, during this time of year. You better get hold of tickets as early as possible because they run out fast.
If you’re on a budget, read about camping in Iceland, where you can also read about an excellent camping option in Reykjavík. The only thing that might get in your way would be the weather gods. The very good winter alternative would be the new trendy hostels in town.