Iceland Airwaves

Stories, interviews and video from The Current's expedition to Akureyri and Reykjavik, Iceland for the Iceland Airwaves festival.

Jim McGuinn sums up Team Current's Iceland Airwaves experience


Iceland Airwaves retrospective

Having spent several days exploring Iceland and its music scene during the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival, The Current's Program Director Jim McGuinn sums up his time there. 'At times in Iceland, when looking at fantastic mountains, lava fields, or northern lights, it feels like you are on another planet or on the moon, isolated from the rest of the world and able to foster your own reality,' McGuinn writes. 'That reality manifests itself in the creative music and culture.' See McGuinn's summary along with many photos by Nate Ryan.

Mark Wheat shares his thoughts on Iceland Airwaves


Mark Wheat sums up Iceland Airwaves

Following several days of musical and cultural discovery at Iceland Airwaves, Mark Wheat shares his thoughts as he reflects on his experiences in Akureyri and Reykjavik. See what Mark has to say, and browse a roundup of performance videos from our live broadcasts from Iceland.

Watch Emiliana Torrini and The Colorist perform at Iceland Airwaves


Emiliana Torrini and the Colorist perform on The Current

The Current enjoyed two fantastic days of live performances and interviews from the Gotubarinn pub in Akureyri, Iceland, as part of the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Watch Emiliana Torrini and The Colorist perform their song, 'Thinking Out Loud,' recorded as it was broadcast live to The Current's listeners.

Listen to Mark Wheat broadcasting live from Iceland Airwaves


The Current live from Iceland

It's day two of The Current's first-ever international live broadcasts. On Friday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Central Time), join host Mark Wheat as he broadcasts live from Akureyri, Iceland, for the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Mark will have interviews, live performances and a few cultural insights as well.

Watch Asgeir performing at Iceland Airwaves


Asgeir performing on The Current, live from Akureyri in Iceland

The Current enjoyed a fantastic day of live performances and interviews from the Gotubarinn pub in Akureyri, Iceland, as part of the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Watch Asgeir perform his song, 'Stardust,' recorded as it was broadcast live to The Current's listeners. Be sure to join Mark Wheat on Friday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central Time for more from the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival.

Watch Mammut perform at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival


Mammut performing

The Current enjoyed a fantastic day of live performances and interviews from the Gotubarinn pub in Akureyri, Iceland, as part of the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Watch Icelandic band Mammut perform their spellbinding a cappella song, 'Bye Bye,' recorded as it was broadcast live to The Current's listeners. Be sure to join Mark Wheat on Friday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central Time for more from the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival.

Listen to Mark Wheat broadcasting live from Iceland Airwaves


The Current's live broadcast from Akureyri, Iceland

This week, we're excited to share with you a historic moment for The Current: our first-ever international live broadcast. On Thursday and Friday, Nov. 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Central Time), join host Mark Wheat as he broadcasts live from Akureyri, Iceland, for the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival.