ICELAND AIRWAVES 2007

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FIRST ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR ICELAND AIRWAVES 2007
BLOC PARTY (UK), !!! (US), OF MONTREAL (US), BUCK 65 (CA), MÚM (IS)


Eberg at Gaukurinn :: Iceland Airwaves 2006 by Rich Smith
As previously announced, the ninth annual Iceland Airwaves festival will take place in various venues all over downtown Reykjavík during the week of October 17-21 this year. The five-day festival 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. Among the 34 thus far confirmed acts for Airwaves 2007 are rising international stars Bloc Party (UK), Elephant Six Collective legends Of Montreal (US), !!! (chk, chk, chk) who’ll make the trans-Atlantic trip from their New York hideouts to shake some Scandinavian booty, as will delightfully weird Canadian rapper Buck 65 and Moshi Moshi Records’ Best Fwend (US). And to make up for last year’s regrettable cancellation, Sweden’s Jenny Wilson will try and make it over once more.

Local acts now confirmed and scheduled to perform at Iceland Airwaves 2007 include festival favourites GusGus, who never fail to whip the crowd to a frenzy with they jagged rhythms and intense stage presence. Their latest effort, Forever, has been making waves across the world’s dance floors lately, and a hefty tour schedule for the summer will likely ensure a top performance from Iceland’s favourite electronic act. We are also delighted to announce that Iceland’s OTHER favourite electronic act, múm, will play their first ever Airwaves live-set this fall (the band has thus far limited its Airwaves appearances to DJ-sets). Last year’s surprise hit, Ritalin-infused techno-mongrels Stefán have also confirmed their appearance, as has Ipecac recording artist Mugison (who is now working on a soundtrack for the Walter Salles directed On the Road).

For full listing of the 34 acts now confirmed for Iceland Airwavaves 2007 please visit www.icelandairwaves.com.