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Iceland Airwaves Day Five (11/9): Ghostigital

Nothing feels better after a long week of work than soaking in hot tub, so it was a great surprise to learn that we were spending the morning at the Blue Lagoon. It’s strange to think that even when it’s forty degrees outside, the naturally heated water at the lagoon is steaming and warm enough for people to actually sit outside in the water. But in the water, the air temperature isn’t even noticed. Although walking back and forth from the locker room was unpleasantly cold.

Since Sunday night was the last day of Airwaves, we decided to check some shows at Húrra and Gaukurinn. Of the four shows we caught last night, only one really stuck out to me. So far, most of the bands I’ve seen have been soft rock or singer-songwriters who play in small and more intimate shows. I never would have thought I’d like an electric band like Ghostigital but they were a pleasant surprise. Unlike a lot of electronic bands I’ve heard in the past, there was enough creativity in the songs to make them distinguishable from each other. The visual aspect of the show was great too with the light shows and dancing.

The week has come to an end and our time in Iceland is wrapping up. Monday will be spent putting together our final radio documentary. We have all been working hard on getting our individual pieces together and I am looking forward to seeing everything we’ve done this semester come together.

Iceland Airwaves Day Five (11/09): VAR, ghostigital, Rökkurró (review)

Catching the last two thirds of VAR on the final night of Airwaves, the newly formed Icelandic rockers paced their way through some of their self titled material. Myrra’s lead vocals seemingly expanded the intimate Gaukurinn. Each song expanded slowly from soft ambient tones into rolling vocals mixed in with cascading percussion.  Continue reading Iceland Airwaves Day Five (11/09): VAR, ghostigital, Rökkurró (review)

Iceland Airwaves Day Five (11/9): Var (REVIEW)

The class relaxing at the Blue Lagoon.
The class relaxing at the Blue Lagoon.

Today was a magical day in Iceland. The class was able to go visit the Blue Lagoon, which is essentially a spa and hot spring. This lagoon was surrounded by lava fields that stretched far and wide. The lagoon itself was, as evident by it’s name, very blue. When we were swimming in it we were all looking for those warm/hot pockets of water. When they were found, the class as a whole just let out a sigh of relief and comfort. While at the Blue Lagoon we also all put on a mud mask, which dried on our faces and made us all shiver a bit because it was windy. We ended our time at the Blue Lagoon by going under a massage waterfall and sauna.

Later that evening after everyone took a much needed nap, we headed out into the city to enjoy the last night of Airwaves. The first show we hit was for VAR, who played at Gaukurinn. This Icelandic band can be described as being dreamlike and eerie with their sounds and overall they provided a great atmosphere within  the venue.

As the night continued on we all hopped from venue to venue just hanging out and listening to whatever was playing. It was a great night and I’m sad that Airwaves is over, but it only just made me want to come back for another one sometime in my, hopefully, near future!