Iceland Airwaves 2014: Five days of musical paradise

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A scene from The Flaming Lips’ festival-closing set. Image courtesy Life in the Vinyl Lane.

The annual musical paradise that is Iceland Airwaves ended earlier this week and as always Guerrilla Candy pal Vinyl Lane Jeff (from the excellent Life in the Vinyl Lane) was in beautiful Reykjavik to take in all the action.

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Iceland Airwaves 2014’s official program (aka the ticketed portion of the fest) featured more  than 200 artists spread out over five days. Add in the 675 shows at 52 different off-venue locations (aka shows you don’t have to pay for) and you are literally surrounded by amazing live music for almost an entire week. I told you it was musical paradise.

This year’s festival included sets by The Flaming Lips, The War on Drugs, Caribou and other notables but as always is the case with Airwaves, the festival’s shining star was the Icelandic music scene. Check out Jeff’s highlights from the five days of musical bliss that is Airwaves and read all about some of the best Iceland has to offer.

Day 0:  Kicking things off at Lucky Records aka the best record shop in the world

Day 1: Kiasmos at KEX gets KEXP’s broadcast off to a solid start

Day 2: Taking in some original works of vinyl art and enjoying Reykjavíkurdætur,a 13-piece Iceland feminist hip-hop collective 

Day 3: Sykur shows maturity and local heavy metal legends HAM  bring KEXP’s broadcast to a booming end

Days 4 & 5: Hip-hop from Epic Rain, Bloodgroup spin-off Lilly the Kid impresses and The Flaming Lips close the festival down

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Vinyl Lane Jeff

About Vinyl Lane Jeff

Jeff is an Icelandic music aficionado and the author of the music blog Life in the Vinyl Lane.