DEERHOOF, KHONNOR, TRENTEMöLLER, LONEY, DEAR TO PLAY ICELAND AIRWAVES!
Will join múm, Bloc Party, Chromeo, Of Montreal, !!!, Bonde do Role and more for a glorious five days of music!
Critical darlings Deerhoof (US), Swedish pop-sensation Loney, Dear and indie wunderkind Khonnor (US) are among the latest additions to Iceland Airwaves 2007. Other recent acts include Danish electro sensation Trentemöller, Canadian next-big-things Plants & Animals; not to mention horde of Icelandic performers such as Mínus, Singapore Sling and Ghostigital. All of them will join previously announced attractions that include Bloc Party (UK), !!! (US), of Montréal (US) and Icelandic legends múm and GusGus for a five-day party in downtown Reykjavík during the week of October 19-21.
Iceland Airwaves: A five-day festival, Iceland Airwaves has been steadily growing since its inception and is now widely considered to be among the highlights of the annual music-festival calendar – with hundreds of journalists and music industry people flying in every year from Europe, North America and rest of the world. As per usual, this year’s bash looks to surpass the previous ones in terms of sheer intensity, with an approximated 170 acts competing for the festivalgoers’ attention.
Reykjavík’s proximity to a plethora of geysers, waterfalls and other natural phenomena that are unlike anything found elsewhere in the world helps earn the festival some of its merit, although it’s main attraction has always been the music. Making a point of always showcasing a healthy mixture of local and international talent, the festival often features bands on the brink of it-dom well before they gain international notoriety (cases in point: The Rapture, TV on the Radio, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah). Iceland Airwaves’ location – in the numerous and infamous bars and clubs of 101 – adds a final touch of charm to the world’s northernmost music festival.
The latest additions: Deerhoof’s latest opus, “Friend Opportunity”, was released to great critical acclaim last January, with many a noted publication awarding the trio full marks for their adventurous, yet melodic sonic ventures. They remain a live favourite for the indie set and their legion of devoted fans grows by the day. Those might also fall prey to the irresistible charm of fellow American Khonnor (Connor Kirby-Long), who’s home-grown 2004 début “Handwriting” saw him lauded as a bona fide genius by the NME among others. His reputation certainly precedes him, and with new music in the works his Airwaves performance is highly anticipated.
Comma enthusiast-slash-one man band Loney, Dear’s fourth long-player (and US début), “Loney, Noir”, hit North-American shelves last winter via SubPop. A hefty, still-ongoing world tour followed and will see the lovely Swede sing his “adorable and fragile” songs for new crowds throughout the year.
Iceland Airwaves has always aimed to present the best and brightest of Iceland’s acclaimed music scene, and 2007 will prove no exception. Festival staff are currently in the process of reviewing the 300-strong pile of musician applications for Airwaves 2007, and will leave no stone unturned in the quest to showcase the best things Icelandic music has to offer. <3 Svanhvít!, Esja (featuring members of Airwaves favourites Mínus and Gusgus) and Motion Boys are among the very promising "Airwaves-virgins" selected to play this year, to name but a few. For full listing of the 77 acts now confirmed for Iceland Airwaves 2007 please visit www.icelandairwaves.com
Iceland Airwaves is produced and promoted by Mr Destiny, in collaboration with Icelandair and the Reykjavik City Council.
Festival website: www.icelandairwaves.com
For package deals (flight, festival ticket + optional hotel) visit your nearest Icelandair outlet (www.icelandair.net) or find out more on the Airwaves website.