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Volcanic Eruptions

Árstíðir leapt onto the international arena in 2010 as clouds of ash from the Eyljafjallajökull volcano spread across Europe making Iceland the talk of the day. Having spawned two #1 hit singles in Iceland, the eclectic trio formed two years earlier in Reykjavík now embarked on a relentless touring excursion spanning Siberia to San Diego, Zagreb to Svalbard, while at the same time going viral with an 800 year old hymn performed impromptu at a train station and gathering a cult like following by devoted fans that has crowdfunded half of the band's 8 album strong discography.

The bedrock of Árstíðir's music is the chemistry between members, Daníel, Gunnar & Ragnar and their shared passion for vocal harmonies. At the core the songs are pop music with gripping choruses, robed in suave and sometimes surprising arrangements. Never afraid to experiment the band has collaborated with the likes of Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm as well as creating two collaborative albums with Iceland's premier songwriting legend Magnús Þór Sigmundsson & their loved touring partner of yore Anneke Van Giersbergen.

An indie band in both music and modus operandi, the three Icelanders have built their status as one of Iceland’s most proactive bands through relentless touring and years of hard work, and is slowly earning the admiration and respect of the music industry. In 2019 a panel consisting of Tow Waits, Robert Smith (The Cure) and Beth Gibbons (Portishead) crowned the band's album Nivalis 'Indie album of the year' at the Independent Music Awards. The bands new album BLIK, due to be released on September 15 this year, constitutes their most commercial production to date with songs commanding the listeners to finish their Gin & Tonic and brave the dance floor.

We've loved their performances in the past and are looking forward to seeing them return to our stage!

6 August 2023
Forest stage


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