November 2015

Top 30 Bands Not to Miss at Iceland Airwaves ’15

Iceland Airwaves goes November 4-8 and I made my own list of bands to check out:

You’ll find that this is a list mixing Icelandic bands and international acts. I’ve only seen a handful but spent a few days listening to all that I could find through Spotify and Grape Vine. While working CityFolk I ran into the bass player from Of Monsters and Men in line for the smoothie bar (of all places) and he told me to not try to see everything during the festival, so let’s see how that works out! 

  1. Father John Misty (US- this man has more rock star swagger than 98% of the bands I see in a year)
  2. Milkwhale
  3. Just Another Snake Cult- weird, psych stuff
  4. Operators (saw their first show at Silver Dollar, holla, ex-Wolf Parade!)
  5. BRNS (BE)
  6. Dream Wife (UK)- super Blondie-like
  7. Hjaltalin
  8. Hide Your Kids
  9. Fufano
  10. Reykjavikurdaetur (20 + female Icelandic feminist rap collective)
  11. Junius Meyvant
  12. Mispyrming
  13. Vok ** super stoked
  14. Agent Fresco (Iceland’s current OMAM)
  15. French for Rabbits (NZ)
  16. Dad Rocks (DK)
  17. Tuff Love – fuzz music
  18. LoneLady (UK)- really excited to see this pop-diva
  19. John Grant and Icelandic Symphony Orchestra
  20. LA Priest (UK)
  21. Bo Ningen (JP)
  22. Tanya Tagac (CA)- playing on my birthday!
  23. Verite (UK)
  24. Chastity Belt (US)- still the best promotional photo I’ve seen in a long time.
  25. FM Belfast- supposed to be an amazing dance party
  26. Ariel Pink (US) – caught a ridiculously entertaining show at Time Fest in TO in the summer where the singer flashed his balls to everyone around him. Here’s hoping he wears pants on stage.
  27. Weaves (CA)- Toronto-pride!
  28. Beach House (US)
  29. OBGMs (CA)- saw them at Osheaga and subsequently the only mosh pit at Osheaga
  30. Lord Pusswhip

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @urockred and Instagram @urockred while there! #airwaves15

I’m also super excited to see the off-venue shows KEXP Seattle is doing at the KEX Hostel.

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YouRockRed at Iceland Airwaves15!

Instead of going to Iceland Airwaves last year I decided to be responsible and put down first and last on my home in Toronto. Fast-forward to last Saturday and I’ve been all over Iceland by the time you read this, renting cars to traverse glaciers, jumping into the Blue Lagoon, drinking some delicious Icelandic beer, checking out viking lore, looking for Bjork and getting friendly with the local hotspots.

Reykjavik is smaller than Kingston, Ontario, and a place I never thought I’d get to. After living both in Europe and North America, Iceland is still an island of its own that only when I was playing “spin-the-globe” with my sister in grade school did I ever think I’d land on. Now I couldn’t be more excited to visit this magical country. I’m also going to be attending the Nonference as I’m there as industry, so come say hi!

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @urockred and Instagram @urockred while there! #airwaves15

Example of weird and wonderful Icelandic music I’ll be rocking out to… Stay tuned for a list tomorrow of the top 30 bands you can’t miss!!