Overseas bands & fantasy festivals...
In the last post I said that I like the foreign bands at Airwaves to be ones that are popular and cool but that I don't like - so I get more chance (and more space) to see the bands I do like. Well that made me think of 2 things. Firstly, how many fabulous non-Icelandic bands I have seen over the years at Airwaves, and secondly what sort of overseas bands would I really love to appear of the Airwaves website as confirmed 2009 artists.
So Mr Airwaves, (or should that be Mr Destiny?), some non-Icelandic bands that I would love to see this year, and that are mostly reasonably possible. But, you know, you could still call Prince - he might fancy it.
The Blizzards - (right) Fast-rising Irish guitar pop band, awesome debut album coming soon, one of those you can book now and be very pleased with come October. They remind me of Jeff Who? Judge for yourself...
White Collar Weapons - long-time iceblah faves, now getting some UK radio play.
Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer - (down and right) I admit I *might* be related to this one. But live entertainment (and that is the right word) don't get much better. Done Glastonbury, off to the Edinburgh Festival. The BBC said "pure genius"
Phoenix - too big already? They just sound right for Airwaves. Certainly very cool. Adorable new album this year.
Passion Pit - Get us dancing. Even me. The Neo Tokyo remix of Sleepyhead is one of the best things heard all year...
Fight Like Apes - Great singles like 'Tie Me Up With Jackets', fine album, great live - easy choice.
Teitur - Easy - do the Faroes even count as overseas?
Fanfarlo - Huge credit for (1) album initially priced at $1, still only $5.99 (2) and it's really good.
Lily Allen - swoon (right).
Alaska In Winter - What's that? You already have? Good work. Love that one about speedboats.
So, the bad news is that while I've been putting this list together applications for overseas bands for this year has closed. I'll choose to ignore that and dream on anyway. Still, the promoters would surely wish to act on this beautifully curated list. Or not.
And to part two - my ten personal favourite non-Icelanders seen at Airwaves festivals past...
Jose Gonzales in 12 Tonar
The Perceptionists in Gaukur
We Are Scientists in Gaukur
Tilly & The Wall (left) in 12 Tonar and Art Museum
Patrick Watson in Gaukur
The Teenagers in Nasa
Bloc Party in The Art Museum
Boys In A Band pretty much everywhere
Matias Tellez in Organ
Great memories, and I surprised myself slightly by leaving out so much great stuff; The Bravery & Keane back in 2004, AuRevoir Simone & Architecture In Helsinki the following year and Metric & Amanda Blank in 2006 etc etc. And I thought I was all about the Icelanders.
So, in a rare appeal to the massive readership of this blog, please send in your non-Icelandic Airwaves highlights to me as a comment to this post...