Meet the Aussies heading to Reykjavík for the 20th Iceland Airwaves

Iceland Airwaves will be celebrating its 20th year in November. And some of Australia’s freshest talent have joined the massive line-up to help celebrate.

Four Aussie talents have been announced to join a lineup of more than 220 acts – from 26 countries – for the cardinal Reykjavík event, which recently made news for being the first festival signed up to the Keychange initiative to close the gender gap. Iceland’s own Ásgeir will play his unreleased new album in full, in a church in the middle of the city. Aurora, the 22 year-old Norwegian songstress will also be making a return to Airwaves.

As for Australian acts, three of Australia’s best newcomers will be making the trip for the colossal festival, plus the Sydney-via-Berlin singer-songwriter, Kat Frankie.

Kat Frankie

After graduating with a degree in design, Kat Frankie left Sydney in 2004 to pursue creative outlets in Berlin. Four albums later, the signer is a huge success in Germany. The momentum from her latest album, Bad Behaviour, will see her into Reykjavík.

Haiku Hands

Sydney’s mysterious four-piece Haiku Hands will also make the trip, with dangerous amounts of energy abound. Since the release of their first single ‘Not About You’ last year, the bouncy group have been on our radar, and their follow-up with ‘Jupiter’ was no disappointment. Hot off the heels of supporting Flight Facilities, Haiku Hands will be ones to watch in Reykjavík.


Yeo, the National Live Music Award winner and the Melbourne man behind last year’s contemplative and moody LP Desire Path, is another of Iceland Airwaves’ recruits. The beatmaker and vocalist has an arsenal of beauteous collabs to share with the passionate Icelandic audience when he takes to the stage for the November festival.

Stella Donnelly

And finally, the Perth angel who made big waves at Bigsound last year: Stella Donnelly is playing at Iceland Airwaves 2018. After her singles ‘Mechanical Bull’ and ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ won over hearts Australia-wide, she was tipped to be an international star. Proving music writers right, Stella will be taking her guitar to Iceland to play in the northernmost capital city.

Iceland Airwaves will be taking place from the 7th to the 10th of November this year in Reykjavík. For all of the details, the insanely big lineup, tickets and more, click HERE.

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