The ICMP & Stiff Promotions present...MishMash! Featuring Hjaltalín, City Reverb, The Ark People and The Half Step Uncles

DATE: Friday 23rd January 2009
DOORS: 7.45pm
VENUE: Luminaire, London
TICKETS: £5 Concessions /£6 advance /£7 door

Hjaltalín are Iceland’s newest export. Having been nominated for five of 2008's Icelandic Music Awards they went on to win Best Songwriter - Högni Egilsson - and The Brightest Hope. Hjaltalín are from Reykjavik, with eight members, it’s difficult to know whether to call them a small orchestra, a mutated and overgrown rock band or something else entirely. Besides the regular guitar, bass and drums, the band also comprises piano, accordion, bassoon, clarinet, cello and a violin, complementing the exquisite lilt of Högni and Sigga's vocals.

The band are currently topping the charts in Iceland with ‘Thu komst vid hjartad í mér’, and their debut album 'Sleepdrunk Seasons', released to great acclaim in Iceland last December, was produced by Benni Hemm Hemm and Gunni Tynes of múm. In Iceland Hjaltalín have played with artist such Jens Lekman, Akron/Family, Danielson, Annuals and Bloc Party.

"Euphoric chamber pop" – NME

"Hjaltalín purvey melodic indie rock with a conspicuous bassoon, cello, three part brass section and usual rhythm section allowing them to alternate between full bloodied rock basslines and the soaring appeal of Sufjan Steven's heraldic approach. Epic promise." - Clash Magazine

On ‘Sleepdrunk Seasons’: "What makes Hjaltalin ooze with potential, and more importantly, sound nothing like any of their revered countrymen at all is their unflinching knack at being able to craft both winsome pop tunes alongside audaciously experimental arrangements with seemingly effortless ease." – Drowned in Sound


Earlier this year the band released ‘Everything Will Be Alright’ a Limited Edition 7". The single, which enjoyed key specialist play lead to City Reverb being booked up all summer at festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival, Green Man Festival and Camp Bestival which they’ve been transfixing every audience they play to ever since they hit the road.

"It is a wide ranging and eclectic album which deserves to be listened to as a whole to fully take in the range of atmospheres and to let the stories unfold. Musically the album is as rich and diverse as the city that inspired it" - MUSIC WEEK


"Ark People are an artful and skilled bunch. The arrangement of all of their songs is something to marvel at. While listening one doesn't easily stray to other things going on around them. The compelling instrumentals are the first thing that draws you in. They catch you from the first moment you start listening and keep you. They seem to always have the perfect mix of instrumental tempo along with lyrics. Everything complements everything else so perfectly. Their music above all else is unique, after listening you'll remember it. You will be able to name them as the artist every time their songs comes across your path. Ark People are classic, and hopefully will be around for a long long time." - Sadie, Drop Magazine


Fronted by Kat Yr Oskarsdottir, a 27 year old singer who is Iceland born and bred! Currently studying at the ICMP she has been singing her whole life. Kat’s band features ICMP students Hugh (bass), Ed (drums), Jonas (Guitar), Nathan (Guitar), Tara (Backing vocals) and Katherine (backing vocals).

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