When you think of Icelandic Festivals, music is the first thing that comes to mind. There is an array of music festivals and events taking place throughout the year. Many artists and musicians that have come out of the Icelandic music scene over the years are now recognized on a global scale such as Björk, Sigur Rós and Of Monsters and Men.
The ultimate sounds at AirwavesA lot of Iceland’s music festivals take place in the country’s capital city of Reykjavik, the largest of which is Iceland Airwaves. Established in an airport hangar in 1999, it has since become an annual event of international and local music and culture. It is well known for showcasing new talents, and attracting festival-goers and industry officials from all over the globe. The unique Iceland festival offers an introduction to Reykjavik’s vibrant music scene over many genres, and a city of great nightlife. Iceland Airwaves is growing from strength to strength and is a huge event on the European festival calendar.
The backdrop toall of this is some of the world’s most sought after scenery. After a few days of music and parties, many of Iceland’s natural wonders await just a short drive from Reykjavik. You will find yourself within easy reach of the Golden Circle, national parks, the Blue Lagoon and the stunning waterfalls of Gullfoss.
Techtonics, Jazz and the Reykjavik BluesAnother highlight on Iceland’s festival’s calendar is Techtonics. Presented by Iceland Symphony Orchestra, it takes place in April each year and is held in the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center in the East Harbor area of Reykjavik. The venue comes to life with concerts featuring over 150 classical musicians including composers, chamber and orchestra music, soloists and choirs and much more.
There are various alternative Iceland music festivals that take place throughout the year in Reykjavik, including Reykjavik Blues Festival, Reykjavik Jazz Festival and other contemporary events.