Iceland’s October music festival Iceland Airwaves is in its eleventh year and still going strong, attracting thousands of people to the island each year to experience some of the finest music around in the heart of downtown Reykjavik.
Back in 1999, the first ever Iceland Airwaves festival was held in an aircraft hangar at the local airport in Reykjavik. The music festival originally started as a talent showcase intended for foreign record company executives – but since then has grown and blossomed, interweaving itself into Reykjavik’s cultural life whilst also earning itself a permanent place on Iceland’s yearly calendar.
Iceland Airwaves has been defined as “A killer line-up of interesting bands in beautiful surroundings,” hosting not only Icelandic talent but also some of the world’s finest artists. Fat Boy Slim, Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, We Are Scientists, Biffy Clyro and many more have all made the journey in order to share the stage with Iceland’s local and elite talent, including Sigur Ros, Mum, Gus Gus, Quarashi, Hjaltalin and (again) many, many more.
Thousands of people flock for the Iceland music festival every year, as it is not only the ideal way to be exposed to some of the most magnificent music around but also to encounter the natural beauty the country has to exhibit. Reykjavik not only reveals itself as a perfect festival city but is also surrounded by some of the most beautiful and unique natural landscapes in the world. After experiencing Reykjavik’s legendary nightlife and the fully packed schedule at the Iceland Airwaves festival, why not take a short bus ride out into the countryside and see another type of rock: all the best that the volcanic island has to offer?
Iceland’s capital city is just a short car journey away from geysers, waterfalls, lava fields, glaciers and, of course, the world-famous Blue Lagoon, where Iceland Airwaves in fact hosts its ‘Hangover Party’ for all those people who want to relax in the geothermal pool while enjoying chilled out music performed live by DJs and bands.