Iceland Airwaves 2013 Review - Part 1

© Gavin Cassidy

© Gavin Cassidy

I am back from a wonderful week in Reykjavik (and tying to recover from a big fat cold).   

It was a week of music wonderland - the music I heard during Iceland Airwaves made me laugh, cry, dance and joyous. For the first time I disconnected myself from the rest of the world and just focused on Reykjavik and Iceland Airwaves. 

I even managed to see the Northern Lights on the first night of the festival, hung out with a couple of friends from Dubai, chatted with some of the acts and their families and enjoyed a bit of celebrity spotting - the one and only Bjork (who was also hanging out at the festival like the rest of us). 

It was one of the best weeks I've had for a long, long time. I fell in love with Reykjavik even more and can't wait to go back. 

Here's the first of several reviews of Iceland Airwaves 2013. I will start with some of my favourite songs from the festival. The 20 songs added below include most of the acts I saw, in the order I saw them. Sit back and enjoy, the playlist is approximately an hour and a half long.

The photo above was taken at Harlem, one of the festival venues. Basically, all roads led to Harlem during the festival, I ended there every night and found it befitting to share this photo taken on the last night. 

Please stay tuned for more updates, but for now, hope you enjoy the music I shared. They all hold personal memories that I will never, ever forget.  

I leave you with one last song by Sykur. It's an ode to Reykjavik.  

"Reykjavík þú vekur mig" (Reykjavik, you wake me up*). You really do.

* I relied on Google Translate. If I'm wrong and you are fluent in Icelandic, please let me know what is the correct translation.