Iceland Airwaves 2009 will go ahead
Iceland | 05 February 2009
Iceland Airwaves is set to go ahead this year despite the country's current economic crisis, organisers have vowed.
Bosses insist that the festival is set to take place around Reykjavik from 14-18 October this year, even though the event's offices have closed and the official website is down.
Airwaves chiefs have also conceded that some artists are yet to be paid for their appearances at the 2008 festival.
Speaking about the situation to Music Week, festival director Steini Stephensen said: "The office has been closed to cut down costs as the situation in Iceland is such that we will not be very active this year."
In regards to the band payments the festival chief commented: "For the last four months it has been impossible to get foreign currency in Iceland so we still have part of payment to make to eight of the 45 artists that performed at the festival [last year].
"We are hoping to solve this in the next weeks. All this has to do with the situation in Iceland and it is unfortunate, but will be solved."
Music Week believes that there are at least two UK bands that haven't received their payments yet.
Biffy Clyro, White Lies and Crystal Castles all played the festival in 2008.