Iceland Airwaves 2008: Day one blog

Day one: planes and plans

Iceland Airwaves 2008: Day one blog

Ben H. Murray on 15 October 2008

So, Iceland tonight. We land at about 22.30 which gives us about 75 mins to pick up our luggage, find the car, drive from Keflavik to Reykjavik and get down to the front of NASA (a big club in central Reykjavik) with a beer to see Biffy Clyro play the opening Iceland Airwaves/Kerrang night. They're on-stage at 23.45. I doubt they'll start at exactly at that time but, then again, I doubt our flight will be running to schedule - so it'll be a close thing.

After Biffy Clyro, Reykjavik is our oyster - it may turn into an all night damn-the-recession party or it could fizzle out as people wisely save their energy for the four day-long party to follow. Bands such as Vampire Weekend, Crystal Castles, Fuck Buttons (who I've just interviewed for The Reykjavik Grapevine - they can't wait to get over there), These New Puritans, Young Knives, Florence and The Machine and Robots In Disguise are all playing over the next few days at assorted venues in the capital's central 101 district. I'm also really looking forward to seeing local bands FM Belfast, Atomstation, GusGus (who can forget their sunny Jazz Stage set at Glastonbury last year?), Ghostigital, Dr Spock and Hjaltalin.

Dr Spock, a band who are indescribably brilliant in many ways, almost represented Iceland at Eurovision this year. Their entry made our attempts look absolutely pathetic (not hard).

Anyway, my camouflage thermal underwear (essential kit for a winter trip to Iceland) is now out of the washing machine and I need to pack. Find out if we made it to see a wee bit of Biffy or if we were still on the tarmac in London at midnight in tomorrow's update.

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