Day 4 of #Airwaves18

Day 20/100 – well it seems my challenge has failed somewhat. I could’ve sworn I posted my day 4 review but as this was empty I guess not and in case you couldn’t tell, post holiday fatigue set in and stayed in. I’ve had a super busy week at work and this weekend had family staying so no real time to blog and now all that excitement is catching up with me and I’m coming down with a cold. But, I’ll try and remember what I enjoyed most about the last day of airwaves.

Clue, it was a lot. We went a bit off-schedule with our planning. This year the festival reduced the off-venue program, whilst the press have said this was for financial reasons, we heard from some locals that apparently it was because the Icelanders themselves apparently don’t buy tickets anymore and just attend off-venue shows – not sure how true that is? I mean they’d still need to book time off work etc to attend shows, another ru mour we heard was that Icelandic bands playing on-venue were limited to one off-venue show, however that ended up not being true, but it certainly was like in the past where bands played multiple shows througout the festival, and it’s not like the off-venue replaces the full festival – most of it shuts down at 7pm. For us the off-venue compliments the offical shows, making it easier to see more people if you see someone at lunchtime friday, that might free up saturday evening to see 1 or 2 other shows for example.
Anyway, we started with an Airwaves favourite – Una Stef, performing at Lucky Records, which turned into a full on dance party, which audience synchonised moves!

Una Stef @ Lucky Records

Una Stef at Lucky Records

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Tap list at RVK Brewing

We made a detour to RVK Brewing, a micro brewery with tap room that was easily a highlight of the trip (much more than Brewdog Reykjavik which was oddly disappointing), the flight of beer was a lot cheaper and in much cuter glasses. They were also playing the new LP from Benny Crespo’s Gang which reminded me to pick up a copy on our way back past Lucky Records, where we also saw a snippet of Godchilla.

We then went for another Airwaves tradition and stopped off at Reykjavik Fish for a lovely fish supper, before heading back to our apartment to drop off our bags – here we were delighted to find the Northern Lights playing out!

Aurora over Reykjavik

Northern Lights over Reykjavik

With this giving us giddy levels of excitement, we then headed to Hurra, as it was a venue we’d not been to, we caught the end of Munster’s set which was alright. We then headed across the road to the Art Museum to see Emmsjé Gauti, an eminent Icelandic rapper performing in the Art Museum, the venue was large and not very crowded when we were there, which meant we could sneak right up to the front for the feel good show (even though we didn’t understand the lyrics). We then went back across the road for Vio, who we saw last year off-venue and were great – really energetic indie rock.

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Dr Spock at Gaukurinn

Promptly followed by Dr Spock who are not indie rock at all, but loud and crazy punk rock, handing out marigold gloves and singing whilst wearing an elephant mask, and omg the crowd loved it and so did we!

After this we headed to our final gig of the the evening, timings being what they were meant we had just missed the end of Ceasetone (thankfully I managed to see them earlier in the week), but not too late for Benny Crespo’s Gang. I had first heard of them a couple of Airwaves back, being a fan of LayLow – I had no idea at the time that she was in a band that were much more rocky than her laidback, soulful music. Another crowd pleaser of a band, this small intimate room at Bryggjan Brugghús was pleasantly full of people dancing and singing. A fantastic end to the festival for us.

(We may have already bought early bird tickets for next years’ festival).

Airwaves 2017 day 1

We started off what will likely be our last airwaves for a couple of years (but never say never right?!) pretty chill. We collected our wristbands from Harpa not long after midday (after a much needed epic sleep) then headed to Bonús and Vínbúðin to stock our kitchen up for the long weekend ahead. 

Our first off venue gig then was Vök at Bryggjan Brughus, a really cool micro brewery where I settled in with an imperial stout as my first beer of the day. 


I’ve been dying to see Vök for a while and was ecstatic as they played most of my favourite songs … although I can’t remember the first song the remaining set list was: Figure, Show me, Ég bið þín, Polar, Before and then they finished with Waterfall ~ so much energy it was an amazing start to airwaves. 

Next up we decided to see where the new off venue described as the Viking brewery was as it was close by. We arrived as Dadi Freyr was starting, which turned out to be one of those surprise way better than expected shows. It turns out we’d seen Dadi before at our first airwaves in 2013 as one part of Retrobot.


It’s also worth pointing out what an awesome venue this is ~ with 10 taps and a flight of any four beers for 1000isk. It would also appear that any large beer is 800isk which beats prices in most bars for airwaves. 

So we stuck around for Úlfur Úlfur, although for the most point I have no idea what they rap about they have cool music vids and were great performers even taking the time to teach the audience how to sear in Icelandic. 

Then it was back to the apartment for some food before the official scheduled acts. We headed to Gamla Bio for Hugar, an ambient neo classical style two piece who combines beautiful visuals of the ocean.

These were followed by Valdimar an eight piece with amazing vocals! 

Also playing on of my favourite songs Syn, I highly recommend going to see these on their other official performance on Sunday night at Gaukurinn.