Sónar Reykjavík – Iceland’s biggest electronic music festival – kicks off this weekend, with a host of Nordic and international artists set to take to the festival’s stages!
Sónar Festival‘s line up consists of a diverse mix of both huge international artists, and up-and-coming musicians from the ever-expanding Nordic music scene such as AV AV AV, Unkwon and Drippin. And of course, it’s the ultimate arena in which to explore the thriving Icelandic electronic scene, resonating around the clubs and stages of the capital.
The latest artist to offer up a Nordic Playlist DJ mix is Icelandic electronic hero Yamaho, who has created an intricate introduction to the Icelandic electronic scene – a must-hear for everyone heading to this year’s edition of Sónar Reykjavík.
Her first live appearance of the year will be taking place at the festival, where she’ll play one of her captivating DJ sets at SonarLab, Thursday at 9pm. The Icelandic musician will also appear next to Ellen Alien, Courtesy and Salka Sól to join a panel discussion on “Women in Music”.
Vök came into our collective consciousness in 2013, when they won Iceland’s prestigious ‘Músíktilraunir’, a battle of the bands where the likes of Of Monsters And Men and Samaris have previously triumphed.
Their sound consists of dreamy electronics and melodic vocals with distant saxophones and clean reverberated guitars, which we captured via live stream at the Oslo edition of the Nordic Playlist Radio Bar in 2015.
Vök will kick off their first European headline tour in February at Sónar Reykjavík, coinciding with the release ‘Waiting’, the first single from their upcoming debut album.
After many years of friendship and professional collaboration, it was only a matter of time before Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen decided to transform their love of experimental minimalism into something more than a shared obsession.
Kiasmos was therefore born out of a passion to define a new sound zone, combining Arnalds’ classical and acoustic work with the synthetic electro-pop of Rasmussen.
The outcome is a unique, organic and very dance floor friendly sound, complex but at ease with itself. After Sónar Reykjavík, the duo are set to play at various festivals all around the world, so make sure to catch them at one of their amazing live shows!