Iceland Airwaves Day Five (11/09): Var, ghostigital, Rökkuró (Review)

The lack of sleep started really started to take a toll on the class today, but it seemed to be cured with our surprise excursion to the Blue Lagoon. We spent the morning relaxing in the naturally heated goethermal pool, letting our face be exfoliated by mud masks, got massages in a giant waterfall, relaxing in the saunas, and enjoying the pure beauty of the place.

The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon

After a couple hours of down time at the hotel, we regrouped at Fish and Chips. It was the first time we were all eating together in a place where we could actually enjoy the food and have a conversation where the whole group was involved.

The night continued with Var at Gaukurrinn,  where we went together as a group. More of an ambient-style band, Var’s show wasn’t super memorable, but they provided a nice ease in to another evening full of shows for the group.

After moving downstairs to Húrraghostigital was up next.  The bar was packed, but that didn’t stop the crowd from getting as close to each other as possible and dancing through the entire set. There’s not a better way to describe the type of music they play besides a quote that can be found on their Facebook page: “Poetry and Spoken Word is ok. Melody and Harmony are for TV talent shows, therefore optional.” They didn’t have much instrumentation, and that made it hard to really get into the music.

Rökurró at Gaukurrinn wrapped up both the evening and the Airwaves festival for our class, and of the three bands of the night, Rökkuró was by far the best of the three. The band members have been spread out between Tokyo, London, and Reykjavík for the past three years, and that diversity helped set them apart from some of the other bands at Airwaves. It also helps that their lead singer has a haunting, captivating voice, and caught the audience’s attention pretty well, especially for being one of the last performances of the festival.

Spending the evening with the group at shows we could relax a little bit more at was a great way to wrap up one of the best musical experiences I’ve had in my life so far. There’s been a few instances when I’ve overheard people saying their ‘good-byes’ and ‘see you next years’, and I can’t help but be jealous. Iceland Airwaves is a pretty special event, and I’m so happy I’ve gotten to experience it at least once. Let’s just say I’m glad that day five wasn’t the last of the trip, because if the trip and Airwaves ended in the same day, it would be too many ends to deal with. Here’s to one more day of waking up to this gorgeous, mountainous view.

Mountains by the marina
Mountains by the marina

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