For the second year, KEXP returns to Reykjavik to bring you more new bands from the land of fire and ice! On October 31st through November 2nd, tune in to KEXP from 6am-2pm PST daily as we broadcast from KEX Hostel, featuring 15 exclusive live performances in a truly unique lineup — all thanks to the country of Iceland, Iceland Naturally and the 2012 Iceland Airwaves Music Festival.
New music discovery is at the core of KEXP’s mission and for years we’ve maintained that the small Iceland has more than its fair share of insanely talented musicians and artists just waiting to be heard by the rest of the world. While bands like The Sugarcubes, Björk and Sigur Rós have broken into the mainstream, many other bands like Sóley, Sin Fang, FM Belfast and GusGus have yet to achieve the fanbase they deserve. In part due to our own efforts in the past, the now wildly popular Of Monsters and Men is reaching millions of listeners and touring all over! But there are almost countless other bands bands in Iceland equally as good, and in all genres possible — rap, rock, electronica, rockabilly, orchestral, metal, you name it, even yacht rock! — and you’ll hear just a sampling during our broadcast. Plus, we’ll be scouring the city to find more new band for you to here.
Check out the lineup for our broadcast here. You’ll find some names you recognize, some you don’t, and a few NW bands to boot!
Wednesday, October 31st
06:00AM PST/ 13:00 GMT – Sóley
08:00AM PST/ 15:00 GMT – Blouse
10:00AM PST/ 17:00 GMT – Tilbury
11:30AM PST/ 18:30 GMT – Mr. Silla
01:30PM PST/ 20:30 GMT – FM Belfast
Thursday, November 1st
06:00AM PST/ 13:00 GMT – Ólafur Arnalds
08:00AM PST/ 15:00 GMT – Apparat Organ Quartet
10:00AM PST/ 17:00 GMT – Hjálmar
11:30AM PST/ 18:30 GMT – Shabazz Palaces/THEESatisfaction
01:30PM PST/ 20:30 GMT – Exitmusic
Friday, November 2nd
06:00AM PST/ 13:00 GMT – Ojba Rasta
08:00AM PST/ 15:00 GMT – Ghostigital
10:00AM PST/ 17:00 GMT – Sólstafir
11:30AM PST/ 18:30 GMT – Úlfur Úlfur
01:30PM PST/ 20:30 GMT – Sin Fang
If you happen to be attending Iceland Airwaves or in the city of Reykjavik, drop by as these performances and the broadcast at KEX are free and open to the public, though space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.