The soothing lullabies of Kriki fill the air at Hlemmur Square hotel’s weekly concerts. Kriki often deal with emotional themes in their music, such as heartbreak and regret.
Lily of the Valley plays folk/pop and are influenced by bands like Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons, and Laura Marling.
Futuregrapher, the altogether lovely one-man electronic outfit, is playing a show at Hlemmur Square and you should absolutely go. Musically, his sound is defined by rapid-fire beats with well-timed breaks, dreamy pads, jazzy riffs, and vocal samples. Personally, he’s such a likable guy that when he sought help in crowdfunding his new album, a lot of people just went, “Oh, why not” and gave him some cash. So whether you fancy cool electronic music, or just super nice people, you should definitely check out Futuregrapher.
Indie singer-songwriter Markús Bjarnason is playing Hlemmur Square. Show up and listen to some good Icelandic folk jams.
Goth-punkers Kvöl (“Agony”) perform at Hlemmur Square.
Loji is going to play his indie sound at Hlemmur Square.
Hekla fills Hlemmur with her otherworldly sounds. This is surely a show to attend.
Synth folk-pop professionals Tilbury are playing a show at Hlemmur Square! It’s gonna get weird, in a good way.
Energetic, melodious rock band, For a Minor Reflection comprises of four 23-year-olds from Reykjavík, Iceland. Kjartan Holm (guitar), Guðfinnur Sveinsson (guitar & piano), Elvar Jón Guðmundsson (bass) and Andri Freyr Þorgeirsson (drums). Far from simple to define, their music expands and subverts itself with every song.
Börn is a dark feminist punk band, drawing influences mostly from 80’s goth- and anarcho punk.
Ojba Rasta’s singer/guitarist Teitur Magnússon released his long-awaited solo debut, titled ’27’, last december. We’re talking about a diversely influenced ‘indie pop’ record and you can witness and parttake in its enjoyable laid back’ness Live this Airwaves. You’ll hear simple and catchy songs layered with a psychedelic texture and some sweet melodies thanks to a rich and colorful instrumentation. Drawing from a wide array of sounds and elements, Teitur brings you a fresh slice of Icelandic pop, daring to take you higher!
Bárujárn was founded in 2008 after members met at a industrial showcase for corrugated iron and related suplies in Hafnir city on the wind barren south coast of Iceland. The music was to represent the black sands and waves that is the heart and life of the booming Icelandic surfer culture. Determined to succeed in a world full of tears the band went on to wither in the ashes of their poorly rolled cigarettes through relentless unprofessionalism, constant poverty and petty crime. They released an EP in 2010 commonly mistaken for the crushed remnants of a grilled sandwich due to its luxurious aluminum foil wrapping. This packaging failure resulted in the frequent discarding of the EP to the trash bin at local radio stations and hence no airplay. Theraminist Hekla Magnúsdóttir quit the band in 2011 partly because of an artistic misunderstanding but mostly due to frequent sexist remarks and the general decadence of the remaining members. As of this writing their main accomplishments subsists of a failed make it or break it tour through the neighboring Farao islands, supporting local child star turned hot-shot Brandur Enni and getting to the semi finals in the unofficial battle of the bands. After years of procrastination their debut album was released in 2013. They are currently working on their second and third efforts.
Accumulated experience can be a real forte when it comes to music making and nowhere is this truer than in the case of TRPTYCH, a Reykjavík techno duo that was formed by Daniel Þorsteinsson and Guðni Einarsson this spring. These wise veterans, in respect to the ever emergent Icelandic music scene, build beautifully on their long standing involvement with it and craft a sublime, dark electronica that simply glides within the listener; such is the effortlessness of the execution. TRPTYCH sprang fully formed out of the box, the city’s most prominent electro outfit today by far. Save up your energy, as the slow, pulsating, tightly woven and masterfully detailed soundscape will leave you utterly spellbound. You have been warned!
Dream Wife started out as a fantasy… literally. Icelandic singer Rakel and British musicians Alice and Bella played their first show as part of a performance project at art school in Brighton. Stuck in dreams of 90’s club kid nostalgia they continue on making music, embracing their love for edgy pop. Dream Wife name David Lynch’s women as a big influence; “powerful and seriously fucked up”. They play with the aesthetics of the 1960’s ye-ye girls movement, along with current influences such as Sleigh Bells, Le Tigre and Grimes. Dream Wife ooze with girl power; infecting the crowd with their trademark “poolside pop with a bite.” The music juxtaposes simple pop hooks, beats, cutting riffs and dreamy vocals. As a collaboration with a gang of art school friends the world of Dream Wife is brought to life with vibrant live shows, pastel mania and flying pompoms. Join the gang, let’s dance till dawn.
This group will play some jazz classics as well as some originals. Viktor Blöndal will play drums, Magnús Orri Dagsson will be on guitar and Jakob Gunnarsson on keys.
At only 18, Bjarni and Baldvin know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to jazz. Baldvin, a pianist, has already given out his own collection of original songs and therefore made a name for himself in the jazz scene. We recommend turning an ordinary Monday into a delightful one because these youngsters are something to see.
Logi Marr and Frank Raven are joining forces for the pleasure of your ears at Hlemmur Square !
Jara will be giving a psychedelic gig at Hlemmur Square on January 21.
Indriði will be playing at Hlemmur Square on January 28.
Marteinn performs live at Hlemmur Square.
Wesen (or ₩€$€₦) are duo Júlía Hermannsdóttir and Loji Höskuldsson. They started working together in 2004 under the name We Pained the Walls. After taking a few years off to work on other projects (Sudden Weather Change & Oyama to name just two) they’ve reunited in the last couple of years to once again step outside their comfort zone and make a new album under the new name Wesen. Wesen play catchy experimental electronic pop music and their live performance style is straightforward but striking, making use of both playback and live buildup. Admission is free!
Ásta Fanney is a poet, performer, musician and an artist. Her stuff is quite unique, and tonight she performs experimental sci-fi poetry loungue music. She’s accompanied by artist Sindri Leifs, sculptor Sigurður Ámundi, and DJ Donna.
The official major Secret Solstice 2016 launch party with ARON CAN and HERRA HNETUSMJÖR is happening at Hlemmur Square on Wednesday, the 15th of June from 21:00! This FREE event is the best way to kickstart the Secret Solstice 2016 weekend before we open gates on Thursday. If you head down to the Secret Solstice site between 11AM-7PM to exchange your wristband, you'll receive 10% off food and drinks at this launch event when you show your festival band on your arm! See you all there!
Hlemmur Square is making sure you can get your head straight every day of the festival with a delicious brunch designed to kill hangover! The Hlemmur Square Bar has also made the perfect breakfast cocktails to go a long with the food and festival! Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am to noon. Tunes by solstice artists and possibly a surprise live performance! Remember that ALL wristband holders get 10% discount on all food and drink at Hlemmur Square! Brunch includes - Havarti soufflé with shallots and dill - Homemade breakfast sausage with sage Maple washed bacon - Duckfat sauteéd red potatoes - 3 berries, vanilla skyr and granola Deepfried mushrooms - Porter waffles and vanilla custard Freshly baked cinnabuns with frosting Cocktails: Pink Mimosa - Orange, rasperries, peach and prosecco Beety Mary - Vodka, tequila, beetroots, horseradish, lemon, sriracha, salt & pepper and sugar