For some reason it felt like we didn’t see a lot of bands today – maybe we didn’t compared to last year, the off venue venues seem to be packed to the rafters (well everywhere except lucky records). And it’s not just that they’re packed, but that airwaves goers this year seem to struggle with actually entering a venue preferring to crowd the entrance as if they may need to bolt at any second – incredibly annoying. But still we ended up in Dillon to see the first – Wago a rocky band from Germany who were easy on the ears.
After Wago, IsKrystal played but they weren’t really my thing so we left and tried Bunk Bar a couple of doors down. Bunk is one of those off venue venues that is packed mostly with people congregating around the door way. It’s also a hostel with the bar also serving as the reception area which meant that as well as all the people watching the bands, buying food & drink there were confused people trying to check in. we actually heard 2 bands here (we couldn’t see anything until a barman pointed out they had a screen in the basement bar where you could watch). The first band Milkhouse I really couldn’t tell you much about, sorry they didn’t stick in my mind but Una Stef and her band were fantastic, she has a great soulful voice and in between her own tracks loves to throw in a cover of the Destiny’s Child track – Survivor.
Wednesday evening saw the first of the official airwaves program and we headed to Harpa to check out Benny Crespo’s Gang which featured Laylow on vocals – a different more rocky vibe than her solo stuff and we both enjoyed the set. We then nipped in and caught the end of Kippi Kaninus who was on before Asgeir, pleasant enough band but again didn’t make any real impression on me – maybe because I was pretty tired by this point / geared up to see Asgeir play somewhere ever so slightly bigger than the deaf institute in Manchester. He didn’t disappoint – although like last time he didn’t interact with the crowd much but filled the air with a quiet awe.