Iceland Airwaves share second wave of artists for this year’s 25th anniversary edition

Author Hernan Osuna - 22.5.2024

Iceland Airwaves has announced 22 new acts for its 2024 line-up. The festival, which takes place November 7-9 in Downtown Reykjavik, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Grab your tickets here.

The new additions include The Vaccines, Overmono, LYNKS, English Teacher, Personal Trainer, MRCY, Lambrini Girls, Alice Longyu Gao, cumgirl8 and more.

We are incredibly proud to be celebrating not only 25 years of Iceland Airwaves, but 25 years of playing a key part in the careers of some of the world’s most talented artists,” says Ísleifur Þórhallsson, Festival Manager for Iceland Airwaves. “Over the years, we have seen many of our Airwaves alumni grow from strength to strength, often developing into some of the industry’s most acclaimed artists. It is an honour to continue to bring new talent to Reykjavik and share our beloved Icelandic community with the world.”

Some of Iceland’s most notable talents include Decca-signed pianist Gabríel Ólafs, rising pop star and actress Elín Hall, and Bear the Ant – a new venture from Bjorn Oli Hardarson with Kaleo drummer David Antonsson.

Other acts announced today include GDRN, Hildur, Monobloc, Pétur Ben, Sofi Paez, Sóley, Teitur Magnússon, Villano Antillano and Wu-Lu.

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Iceland Airwaves 2024 lineup:

Alice Longyu Gao (China) | Anish Kumar (UK) | bar italia (UK) | Bear the Ant (IS) | Benefits (UK) | Bolis Pupul (BE) | Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul (BE) | CMGl8 (US) | eee gee (DK) | Elín Hall (IS) | English Teacher (UK) | freekind. (SL) | Gabríel Ólafs (IS) | GDRN (IS) | Hildur (IS) | Lambrini Girls (UK) | Inspector Spacetime (IS) | Joy (Anonymous) (UK) | K.óla (IS) | Klemens Hannigan (IS) | Loverman (BE) | lúpína (IS) | Lynks (UK) | Magdalena Bay (US) | Mandy, Indiana (UK) | mary in the junkyard (UK) | Migluma (LT) | Monobloc (US) | MRCY (UK) | Múr (IS) | Opus Kink (UK) | Orbit (DE) | Overmono (DJ) (UK) | Personal Trainer (NL) | Pétur Ben (IS) | Róshildur (IS) | Saya Gray (CA) | Shygirl (UK) | Sofi Paez (CR) | Sóley (IS) | Teitur Magnússon (IS) | The Vaccines (UK) | UCHE YARA (AT) | Úlfur Úlfur (IS) | Une Misère (IS) | Vévaki (IS) | Villano Antillano (PR) | virgin orchestra (IS) | Wu-Lu (UK).

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About the festival:

Iceland Airwaves Festival is the world’s most northerly music showcase and industry festival, situated halfway between North America and Europe. Iceland Airwaves brings together the country’s brightest emerging musical talent and forward-thinking international acts.

Each November for three days and nights, downtown Reykjavík comes alive, filled non-stop with music, with performances hosted everywhere from tiny record stores and art museums, to cool bars and stately churches, to nightclubs and large scale venues.

For two decades Airwaves has shone a spotlight on new talent, with early appearances from the likes of Mac DeMarco, James Blake, Sufjan Stevens, Young Fathers, Sigrid, Dan Deacon, Florence and The Machine, Hot Chip, Caribou, Dirty Projectors, Zola Jesus, Micachu and others, along with many local luminaries such as GusGus, múm, Singapore Sling, FM Belfast, Of Monsters and Men, Ásgeir, sóley, Sin Fang, Kaleo, Mugison and Vök, all of whom have gone on to great success.

Across the years, established acts such as Björk, The Flaming Lips, The Knife, Kraftwerk, Sigur Rós, John Grant, Mumford & Sons, and Fleet Foxes have chosen to join music fans and delegates from over 50 countries for a truly dynamic three days of music and festivities.

Iceland Airwaves is also an invaluable opportunity to connect with musicians, agents, journalists, promoters and managers from around the world, to build new relationships whilst celebrating some of the world’s latest musical discoveries and game-changers.

Launched in 1999 as a one-off event in an airplane hangar, Airwaves has since become Iceland’s longest-established festival and best recognised music brand, and an integral part of Reykjavík’s yearly cultural calendar.

Iceland Airwaves is now promoted and produced by the concert company Sena, with support by Iceland’s national airline and founding sponsor, Icelandair, and in cooperation with the City of Reykjavík.

Since 2020 the team behind Iceland Airwaves has expanded its musical scope by organizing standalone concerts, including Björk Orkestral, in Harpa and online, and a livestream festival called Live from Reykjavík. These new projects further support the Icelandic music industry and create opportunities for audiences to enjoy and discover Icelandic music.