The now world-renowned Iceland Airwaves music festival began life back in 1999 in an aircraft hangar at the local Reykjavik airport. 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.
The festival has been compared to America’s innovative CMJ festival and has been described as “A magical festival where anything is possible,” 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.
Iceland’s capital city is not only an ideal location for a music festival but is also encompassed by some of the most stunningly beautiful 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?
Reykjavik is situated near by the world-famous Blue Lagoon, where 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.
The music festival ensures October to be a great time to visit Iceland. More details are available at