Iceland Airwaves Day Two (11/6): Marius Ziska, Good Moon Deer, Megas/Grísalappalísa

Day two had a slow start for me. I spent a good deal of the day hanging out at the hotel talking to classmates about the stories we’re all getting ready to produce. Eventually I ventured out and got an excellent burger and some laughs at the Chuck Norris Grill, whose walls were lined with jokes about its name sake.

Wall at Chuck Norris Grill
Wall at Chuck Norris Grill

Shortly after we all ventured over to Paloma for a party held by the festival solely for the the press covering the five day fest. I have to say that this was one of the coolest bars I’ve ever been in. The wall had vaulted barn ceilings and the counter was built to look like an old Nordic ship. Despite the awesome ambiance I ducked out early and headed across the street to catch CeaseTone at Fredrickson, an intimate bar venue that he completely rocked out. When the show ended it was back to work for me, but luckily I didn’t have to venture far as my first show of the night was playing right after CeaseTone at Frederiksen.

Marius Ziska at Frederiksen

Marius Ziska
Marius Ziska

Marius made the intimate venue of Frederiksen feel even more cozy with his warm voice and inviting melodies. The singer frequently switched between singing in English and Faroese. He opened the show with “All the Good I Know” a song he told the audience that he wrote for his young son. His stage presence was amazing – he chatted and joked with the audience between each song as he changed instruments or tuned his guitar. He closed the show out, singing just final tune in Faroese and received a huge round of applause from the crowd.

Good Moon Deer at Harpa Kaldalón

Good moon deer is a relatively new electronic project put together by Guðmundur Ingi Úlfarsson and Ívar Pétur Kjartansson They were scheduled to perform for 30 minutes but rocked the venue out for an extra 10. They opened the show with a 20 minute set and followed it up with two additional 10 minute numbers, all while trippy images were projected on the screen behind them. The venue itself was a sit-down auditorium, but that didn’t stop the audience from dancing along in their seats. While their interaction with the crowd was kept to a minimum, they still walked off stage at the end of the show with whistles and applause from those in attendance.

Megas and Grísalappalísa at Gamla Bío 

Grísalappalísa is a band making waves in the Icelandic music scene. Teamed up with Icelandic poet Megas, their show tonight at Gamla Bío was was absolutely electric. The give and take between the band and the audience was incredible to see, at one point between songs the crowd started chanting “Grísalappalísa,” at which point the band started playing along to the beat and flawlessly transitioned into their next song. Frontman Gunnar Ragnarsson really made the show, though, crowdsurfing several times and he unbuttoned his shirt one button at a time so that by the end of the show he was shirtless. Tonight’s show was definitly not one to miss at this year’s Iceland Airwaves. 

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