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Vocal harmonies and lyrical odes to the spectacular nature and scenery of Iceland

Árstíðir is a familiar face at Castlefest. We are happy to welcome them once again this year.

The Icelandic band Árstíðir landed in the national album charts in 2008, only six months after their debut. In the meantime they've conquered many hearts on the European mainland as well. Árstíðir's music exceeds many genres but could best be described as classical influenced indie folk rock. Whether they are performing in a railway station in Germany, a concert hall in Russia or at home in Reykjavik, their music is always mesmerising. Each band member has his own broad musical background and experience, combined with professional interests varying from law to literature and from engineering to computers. Árstíðir knows how to merge organic acoustic traditions and modern electronic arrangements with complicated simplicity and inimitable expertise.

In 2016 the group collaborated with Anneke van Giersbergen in a impressive theater tour in the Netherlands and at the end of 2017 they joined Sólstafir and Myrkur for an extensive European tour. In 2018 marked the release of their fifth album 'Nivalis', which led to winning the prestigious Independent Music Awards (IMA) in June 2019. In December 2019 Árstíðir celebrated their 10th anniversary with a series of intimate shows where they played both their own work, as well as traditional Icelandic folk songs. During the 2020 pandemic Árstíðir took to the internet and performed a series of streamed concerts, with the high point being the band's annual holiday concert – a tradition dating back to the first year of the band's existence – which turned out to be both a popular as well as a financial success.

In the summer of 2021 Árstíðir will be playing live again at various festivals in Europe, including Castlefest.

7 August 2021
Village stage

8 August 2021
Forest stage


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