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Life During Airwaves: Behind the Scenes with Iceland's Mammút

22 November 2016, 13:25 Photography by Nick Miners
A glimpse into the busiest time of the year for an Icelandic band as Nick Miners profiles the Bella Union-signed Mammuút in photos during this year's Iceland Airwaves in Reykjaviík.
Iceland Airwaves regulars Mammút, a home-grown five piece who have been playing together since 2004, gained a lot of attention (and awards) with their last album, Komdu til Mín, Svarta Systir (Come to Me, Black Sister) and were once again appearing at Iceland Airwaves in to showcase a set of brand new material across several shows. I travelled around with the band for the duration of the festival, taking some behind-the-scenes photos to illustrate what life is like for a band away from the regular festivalgoer’s experience. With a headline show at the Reykjavík Art Museum, a listening party for the upcoming album, a performance streamed live on the internet and a final night performance with PJ Harvey in the enormous Valshöllin hall, it was a busy week for the band.
Bassit Ása discusses the sound with a technician while singer Kata tests her mic.
Kata listens to the album mix at the band's studio.
Ása and Kata collect the set list while drummer Andri gets ready.
Guitarist Arnar talks with Ása and the rest of the band before they go on stage.
The lighting at Reykjavík Art Museum is almost as impressive as the performance
Kata introduces the band's upcoming record at a listening party in Alex Somers' studio.
Industry folk and friends of the band listen to the new record.
Guitarist Alexandra,, prepares for a show at KEX hostel for Seattle-based radio station KEXP.
The hangover cures are out in full for this Saturday morning performance
Kata's hair does its thing, while after the performance, Ása and Andri embrace.
The lighting looks great again, as do the band.
In the enormous Valshöllin, where Mammút open for PJ Harvey, the band chat during the sound check.
Arnar puts some mascara on before they head on stage...
...and Kata applies the finishing touches to her own makeup.
Another fantastic show ensues, with lighting to match the energy on stage.
The view from the back of the hall is equally impressive.
Alexandra Baldursdóttir, Arnar Pétursson, Katrína Mogensen, Ása Dýradóttir, Andri Bjartur Jakobsson.
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