Glowie

Glowie

Glowie’s meteoric rise up Iceland’s top charts should not come as a surprise to anyone who’s been following the local scene. At just nineteen, Glowie, real name Sara Pétursdóttir, has already attracted a loyal following with her catchy beats and sunny disposition. Now that she’s in the spotlight, the question is how an international crowd will find her (oh, who are we kidding, they’ll love her).

Where in Iceland are you from?

“I was born and raised in Reykjavík.”

When did you start making music?

“I grew up around music but I started practicing my singing when I was 9 years old. I´m a dancer too, I started dancing when I was 7 years old mostly ballet. Music is my life, I love performing.”

Why should we come see you at Airwaves?

“You should come see me because you won´t only hear good music but you will see a person give her all into her performance and enjoying doing what she loves. And she’d like you to come and enjoy the great music with her.”

Who else should we check out?

“I think you should go see GKR, I really have faith in his music.”

Catch Glowie on Wednesday 2 November at Harpa Norðurljós (23:20), on Thursday 3 November at Petersen Suite (18.30), on Friday 4 November at The Laundromat Cafe (18:00), Nasa (20:20), and, on Saturday 5 November at Verbúð 11 Lobster & Stuff (16:00) Bryggjan Brugghús (18:00) and American Bar (19:00).

JFDR

JFDR

While Jófríður Ákadóttir is no stranger to Airwaves, having performed with Samaris and Pascal Pinon on numerous occasions, this is the first time she plays her solo material. Expect dreamy minimal pop with gentle and cyclical guitar plucking, and vocals sung so softly they sound like whispers.

Where in Iceland are you from?

“Reykjavík.”

When did you start making music?

“When I was 11 my twin sister and I made two albums in GarageBand as the group 'We and the computer'. We later started the band Pascal Pinon.”

Describe your sound

“Honest.”

Why should we come see you at Airwaves?

“The music contains a lot of secrets.”

Who else should we check out?

“Múm & kronos quartet”

Where should we go during the day to nurse our Airwaves hangover?

“Vitabar is a solid cure.”

Catch JFDR on Thursday 3 November at Reykjavík Art Museum (20.10) and Saturday 5 November at Loft Hostel (15:30).

Krakk & Spaghettí

Krakk & Spaghettí

While much of Iceland’s modern hip-hop glamour has been fuelled by poets and thugs that take themselves seriously, there’s an undercurrent of silliness and absurdity running through the new generation, which describes Krakk & Spaghettí perfectly. Filled with youthful energy and a willingness to colour outside the lines, this trio knows how to have fun on the stage.

Where in Iceland are you from?

“We all live in Reykjavík right now but one of our rappers originated from Egilsstaðir in the east.”

When did you start making music?

“We started about two years ago when we participated in a competition about who could write and perform the worst song. We ended up in second place, so after that we thought we weren’t all that bad, so we began making more music which led us to where we are now.”

Describe your sound

“Our sounds mostly consist of simple beats made from something we think is funny; we combine that with some raps and singing. If we had to describe in one word it would be Krúttrapp (‘cuterap’).”

Why should we come see you at Airwaves?

“If you come see us we can guarantee you that you will have fun. If you don’t like us, we will give you a high five as recompense. We promise!”

Who else should we check out?

“To start with you should check out our father figure, Kött Grá Pje. Múm is also really nice, and Reykjavíkurdætur, Shades of Reykjavík and GKR always have good shows. Then it’s always really fun to stumble in on the show of see some band you have never heard of.”

Where should we go during the day to nurse our Airwaves hangover?

“To nurse your hangover you should totally go to Mandi. You should ask for a vegan falafel, extra spicy :)”

Catch them on Thursday 3 November at Icewear Þingholtsstræti (19.00), on Saturday 5 November at BarAnanas (16.45), Valshöllin Upstairs (20,20), and on Sunday 6 November at Quest - Hair, Beer & Whisky Saloon (12.00).

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