Well we are now almost there. Airwaves starts in under 3 weeks and apparently several people are getting pretty excited about it. And i must admit that i´m finally getting round to looking forward seeing some of the bands who’ll be playing.
So to help us along, airwaves have FINALLY released the playing schedule (which may change according to fires, earthquakes, terrorist pandas, etc, etc)
(click on the pic below to view the whole schedule…)
The first thing i noticed is that there is a more coherent take on the scheduling. Gone are night taken up with 4 boring signer songwriters followed by a synth band, followed by a metal punk number. It actually looks like they’ve put a lot of thought into this one. Each venue seems to have its own theme. Risið for example looks to be hosting all the quieter acoustic acts and apotekið has the techno and dubstep bods, while Cafe Amsterdam has the more noisy indie rock style bands. So you’re more likely to avoid certain places depending upon your tastes.
Second is that Saturday night is going to be a fair bit of a slog, thanks to all the bands they’ve booked. Apart from the Art museum, every venue will be hosting acts past 3am (and a little later in the case of Apotekið). But at least they’ve avoided the shambles that was Jacobsen on Saturday last year by having the last act appear at 5am!!!
There are a few events that have caught my eye and look to be promising. Let’s have a closer inspection…
Now one thing that you could accuse Airwaves of is that they don’t take a lot of major risks aesthetic wise in their line up Selection. And the last thing an Airwaves devotee wants is to have their music boundaries challenged! that’s why this night is especially interesting. While there is no Runar Magússon or Gjöll (although you can see them the night before!), this is a great line up for scratchy punk, tape loop ambient dub, Industrial noise and sizzling retro zombie synths. Pay special attention to the Trio of Reptilicus, Evil Madness and Hunk Of A Man