Iceland Airwaves 2007

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The Iceland Airwaves festival is known for its intimacy and party spirit. Since the first show held in 1999, which was planned to be a one-off event in an airplane hanger, Iceland Airwaves has become one of the premier showcases for new music – Icelandic and otherwise – in the world. The ninth annual Iceland Airwaves festival will take place in various venues all over downtown Reykjavík during the week of October 17-21, 2007. This year’s bash will feature approximately 170 artists.

There are many international stars already confirmed, including: Bloc Party (UK), !!! (US), Buck 65 (CAN), of Montreal (US), Chromeo (CA) and múm (ICE). Local acts scheduled to perform at Iceland Airwaves 2007 include festival favourites GusGus, as well as Iceland’s OTHER favourite electronic act, múm.

Iceland Airwaves 2007 will take place at 7 main concert venues in the center of Reykjavik - all in walking distance from another - with capacities ranging from 200 to 1,000. Then there is the 'off-venue program', taking place during the whole festival, from afternoon into the night, in selected record shops, bars, galleries and even a church. There one can catch a blend of bands and DJs, local acts and some of the festival stars doing surprise gigs.

Iceland Airwaves is looking for artists from all over the world to play at this year's festival. All types of music are booked, especially Alternative, Pop, Dance/Techno, Hip-Hop, etc. Typically, about 50 artists out of 170 are booked from outside of Iceland and Europe. New York bands Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Bravery and The Rapture all played their FIRST international shows at Iceland Airwaves and there are many other success stories just like those.

5,000 festival passes are sold each year with an additional 2,000 – 3,000 people purchasing day passes. That means that 7,000 – 8,000 people attend the festival per day! Also, since Iceland Airwaves is a showcase festival, it attracts hundreds of journalists and music industry professionals from around the world , especially from the US, UK, Scandinavia, Germany and France.

Performance fee and travel budget are determined on a case-by-case basis.