REYKJAVIK NIGHTS - ICELAND AIRWAVES PREVIEW PARTY SPECIAL
As with all good debuts, a sequel is never far behind, and following the acclaimed sell-out event in June at The Luminaire we are pleased to announce the line-up for the second Reykjavik Nights on Wednesday 26th September.
With reviews such as "an awesome evening which definitely won a few converts" (musicOMH.com) and "massively entertaining performances, who can blame them for wanting to over indulge on a Sunday" (Reykjavik Grapevine) we had to think long and hard, with the help of a few glasses of icy vodka and our favourite Sugercubes album, about how to better the first Reykjavik Nights. But you know what, thank Thor, we think we've done it with the help of Iceland's current # 1 indie pop songstress - Hafdis Huld - and the world famous Iceland Airwaves festival.
Over a round of schnapps with the nice people from the Iceland Airwaves festival, we decided to make the next Reykjavik Nights the official preview party for Iceland Airwaves 2007 (to be held on the 19 - 21 October in Reykjavik) All the musicians playing will be show-casing their festival sets weeks before anyone else in the world gets to see them and we have lots of free Reyka vodka to make this very exciting night go with even more than a bang than June's mini indoor firework display (courtesy of Trabant)
Headlining will be 27-year-old Hafdis Huld: she's been produced (in a musical sense) by the same genius-level knob twiddlers and writers as the Arctic Monkeys and Sneaker Pimps and she's also played with Icelandic dance legends GusGus, achieving a career high of being No.1 in Mexico in the process. Add this musical pedigree to the fact that she has a voice that's cuter than kittens and songs that stick in your head for longer than most New Years Eve celebrations, and it's not surprising that her debut UK album Dirty Paper Cup attracted reviews such as "deliciously skewed pop" (The Guardian), "an irresistible album" (The Fly) and "sublime - charismatic story telling pop of the highest quality" (Clash magazine) Naturally, her live performances are a melee of glitter, fairies and pink flying-V ukuleles.
Supporting will be the multi Iceland Music Award-nominated Jan Mayen, a four piece guitar band who drift so closely over the twin fences of rock and pop that they might just catch their trousers whilst trying to get a leg over, and the Motion Boys, Reykjavik's newest cult electro outfit who've blown critics and audiences away with their debut single despite having just two boys in the band - Biggi and Arni +1. Their live set up involves a who's who of Icelandic music with members of Trabant and Minus helping to recreate the Motion Boys magnificent studio sound.
As well as three exciting new Icelandic bands and musicians, Reykjavik Nights is also pleased to announce that Reyka Vodka and Icelandair will be sponsoring the event. Reyka is Iceland's vodka of choice and, seeing as they're a generous bunch who want to spread their love of the finest pure spirits far and wide, they're offering a free sample of their wares to every person who turns up. Hafdis Huld is also partial to the odd vodka herself and she's teamed up with Reyka to make a series of very amusing online video clips featuring naughty puffins and everything you ever wanted know about vodka from Iceland, watch them on www.reyka.com. Sadly, we can't quite offer a free flight to Iceland to everybody as well but, thanks to Icelandair, we will be offering everyone a chance to win flights to our spiritual home, Reykjavik, and tickets to Iceland Airwaves festival - we think that's a pretty amazing prize.
The British Navy turned down our request to send a submarine to pick up Hafdis Huld, Jan Mayen and the Motion Boys but those kind people at Icelandair have offered the next best thing - their very own plane to make sure they get to London on time. Icelandair are the best way to get to Reykjavik and back and they're a major sponsor of the Iceland Airwaves festival, without them trips to our favourite country would be duller and a lot more difficult!