Iceland Airwaves at Reeperbahn Festival

Samaris, Berndsen and Lay Low are appearing at the Iceland Airwaves Showcase taking place at Hamburg's Reeperbahn festivalon September 19th.

These three top Icelandic acts will hit the stage between 2-4pm at Spielbudenplatz - Reeperbahn 61, 20359 Hamburg as part of this rather special event. Rock 'n' ROLL!

The showcase will give Reeperbahn attendees a glimpse of the excitement to come this November (5th-9th) in Reykjavik! 

Here's a handy description of the Icelandic artists appearing at Reeperbahn this year:


Formed in 2011, Samaris won both the Icelandic Músíktilraunir (past winners include the likes of Of Monsters and Men) and Kraumur Award within months; while their performance at Iceland Airwaves in 2012, attracted the attention of The Line Of Best Fit, Drowned In Sound and One Little Indian - to whom they subsequently signed. 

The UK release in July 2013 of the group’s two Icelandic EPs (as the eponymous Samaris album) sparked widespread interest, with Dazed & Confused proffering an Einar Örn-sponsored feature, and glowing reviews appearing everywhere from NME to the FT. An acclaimed follow-up, Silkidrangar, was released in May of this year.


A man whose love of the 80s is at his very core, David Berndsen is a bearded iconic pop figure in Iceland, famous for his sound and various videos that recreate an era and a distinct moment in time when music (and the costumes and aesthetics) from groups such as Soft Cell, OMD, Yazoo, Visage, the Human League and Ultravox triumphed worldwide. In an effort to revisit that spirit, Berndsen has enlisted the help Hermigervill, one of Iceland’s most notable producers. Together they worked on David’s first album, Lover In The Dark, and more recently on Planet Earth.

Lay Low

Born in Croydon (UK) to a Sri Lankan father and Icelandic mother, Lay Low’s musical abilities stretch as far as her geographical heritage. Starting out as a pianist and bass guitar player - the singer-songwriter jammed on keyboards and synthesizers with alternative rock band, Benny Crespo’s Band, before finding her solo voice in blues folk (plus a little honky tonky bop) and collaborating with producers such as Liam Watson.  

After several projects in Icelandic, Lay Low returns with a brand new English lyric album, Talking About The Weather. Released initially in Iceland in late 2103, the album is set for international release in autumn 2014. Recorded and produced by the singer herself during a period of creative isolation, the new material has been mixed by UK producer and Communion co-founder Ian Grimble.

What fun! Get stuck in and check out the rest of the Reeperbahn action here.

And on the subject of Iceland Airwaves - THE KNIFE have just been confirmed to appear, their first ever show in Iceland, no less. The show will also mark the close of their 'Shaking The Habitual' tour.



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