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March 2014

Reykjavik, the capital of festivals

Music festivals are held throughout the year in Iceland. Photos © Office de tourisme d'Islande Photo 3: Imagine Peace Tower Photo 5: Of Monsters and Men, Tonleikar

Reykjavik may well be the capital of a volcanic island placed in the middle of the Atlantic, but it is only a little over 3 hours flight from Europe and five hours from the East Coast of the United States. This midway position between the two continents makes Iceland a place of choice for those looking for a really exotic cultural breath of fresh air. Music, all music, is particularly well represented on this territory that is responsible for the birth of Bjork and many other groups recognized across the globe (Sigur Ros, Of Monsters and Men…). The Reykjavik Blues Festival is one of the biggest “jam sessions” of the northern hemisphere every year in March. The Reykjavik Folk Festival enlivens the streets of the city in its wake. Jazz also has its own festival in August when the nights have almost totally disappeared. And more underground musical currents are also represented with the Dark Music Festival (contemporary Icelandic music) in January and The Icelandic Music Experiments (revealing young talents) in March. Not to mention Iceland Airwaves, from October to December, which has become one of the most international music festivals and attracts enthusiasts worldwide. In short, they really like music in Reykjavik!
www.icelandairwaves.com
www.reykjavikjazz.is
www.musiktilraunir.is
www.folkfestival.is
www.darkmusicdays.is
www.blues.is

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