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First acts announced for Iceland Airwaves 2019

Iceland Airwaves has revealed its first acts for edition 21 of the festival, showcasing local talent alongside international acts

By Anna Grace on 06 Feb 2019

Iceland Airwaves 2019

Hatari at Iceland Airwaves 2018


image © Florian Trykowski

Reykjavik festival Iceland Airwaves has released the first line-up announcement for its 2019 edition, with acts including Mac DeMarco, Whitney and Shame, playing alongside many Icelandic artists.

Iceland Airwaves, the world’s northernmost showcase festival, takes place from 6 to 9 November in downtown Reykjavik.

Icelandic promoter Sena Live acquired the festival last year, pledging to take Airwaves “back to its roots”, focusing on emerging Icelandic talent, rather than big international names.

Icelandic acts confirmed for this year include synth-led pop groups GDRN, Matthildur, Hildur and Vök, and Reykjavik punk trio Hatari – tipped to represent Iceland at May’s Eurovision Song Contest.

“2019 builds on last year’s mission to return to the ‘heart’ of the festival and shine light on the world’s best emerging talent, local stars and interesting artists”

The festival continues to showcase a whole host of international artists, with this year’s line-up featuring Canadian songwriter Mac DeMarco, Chicago country-soul band Whitney, Cardiff-based Boy Azooga and Norwegian pop artists Anna of the North and Amanda Tenfjord.

“Iceland Airwaves is all about discovery,” comments Will Larnach-Jones, head of marketing and operations at the festival.

“2019 builds on last year’s mission – to return to the ‘heart’ of the festival and shine light on the world’s best emerging talent, local stars and interesting artists – all within the warm, electric atmosphere of downtown Reykjavik,” he says.

A signatory to the keychange initiative, the 2018 edition of Airwaves made history as the first major music festival to have more female artists than male on its line-up.

Early bird tickets for Airwaves 2019, costing 14,900 ISK (£95.55), are on sale here. Travel packages from the UK, Europe, United States and Canada are available from Icelandair.

 


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