ÍRiS at Iceland Airwaves ’14

There’s this theory that everyone in Iceland is creating something. Everyone is a writer, a musician, an artist, or a yarn-bomber. The theory goes that this is due to Iceland’s long, dark winters with creativity providing both a means of killing time, and keeping the spirits high. Nowhere is this more apparent than at Iceland […]

14 artists for Iceland Airwaves ’14

Iceland Airwaves is nearly upon us. Despite its descent further into the winter months (I’m sure it used to be earlier in October), and the risk of a sulfurous fog overwhelming everything, excitement is building. Yes, the off-venue schedule is going to be crazy, Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips will probably be crazier, and […]


Not actually a bird, but Jón Valur Guðmundsson – a 26-year-old singer/songwriter from Reykjavík, who has taken the moniker ‘bird’ for his new music project. Described as “catchy, lush melancholia, and minimalistic arrangements” this chap definitely shares similarities with Ásgeir, who he has previously worked with. Speaking of work, Jón Valur has also grafted as […]

Bookshop party with a hint of Iceland & Tiny Leaves

A little slice of Reykjavik is about to land in Much Wenlock, Shropshire to celebrate the towns’ award winning bookshop, Wenlock Books, as part of national campaign ‘Books Are My Bag’ to promote independent bookshops. I’ve teamed up with an acclaimed composer (and a friend of mine) to provide a day of music and excitement […]

5 sparkly new Icelandic acts

FURA I love festivals, but I love festivals in Iceland more. Iceland Airwaves is fast approaching, and there is nothing like perusing the schedule, figuring who to see and when, and discovering new artists. Here is a list of five from my list, to add to yours. Some may sound familiar, others are brand new […]

Training Dragons in Iceland

I went to see How To Train Your Dragon 2 yesterday, with one of my girls. Not only had I forgotten that Jonsí had written a song for the soundtrack – Where No One Goes – but I was struck by how much Icelandic imagery featured throughout the film. No doubt influenced by writer/director Dean […]

Books & Badgers

I love bookshops. I think it stems from those years working in a record shop, which I also love, but are even harder to find these days. It’s something to do with the browsing, the choice, the options. It’s about making a discovery. Bookshops often have a more calming air about them, and less greasy […]

Who the hell are Hugar?

Hugar are Bergur Þórisson and Pétur Jónsson, two 20-year-old guys from Seltjarnarnes, just outside Reykjavík, Iceland. Their paths didn’t really cross until Bergur and a funk band he had formed started looking for a guitar player and found Pétur. It wasn’t until early 2012 that they started working on what would become Hugar. Add access […]

Music Review: Low Roar 0

Once just Ryan Katazija and his guitar/laptop, Low Roar have gained a number of band members, a stage presence and following to match. Aided by Mike Lindsay from English folk band Tunng (his influence is heavy throughout 0, no bad thing), Silla presumably borrowed from múm, and various members of Amiina, Low Roar are now […]

New Rökkurró song released!

Rökkurró – one of my favourite Icelandic bands by a long shot – will self-release their new album later this year which will be preceded by the single The Backbone. This single, which follows the superlative-inducing ‘Killing Time’ is also being made available in a limited handmade edition – limited to just 120 copies from […]