Iceland Airwaves Festival: Notes from Bjork Island

(Block Party)

By Jonah Flicker

Photos by Leó Stefánsson

The most immediate thing that separates the Iceland Airwaves Festival from its European and American siblings is its somewhat exotic locale. But there’s so much more that stands out about this five-day extravaganza. The entire city of Reykjavik is taken over by the proceedings, most venues filled to capacity, the streets flooded with drunken natives and foreigners alike until the bars close at six in the morning. The $10 price tag for a beer here doesn’t seem to put a damper on things at all, although many people have the foresight to save some money and begin their road to inebriation at home or in their hotels.


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