Listen to Mark Wheat broadcasting live from Iceland Airwaves

The Current's live broadcast from Akureyri, Iceland
The Current's live broadcast from the Gotubarinn nightclub in Akureyri, Iceland, at the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. (Nate Ryan | MPR)

This week, The Current is in Iceland for the annual Iceland Airwaves festival, which gathers thousands of music fans to the island nation, to see hundreds of artists perform.

It's also a historic moment for The Current: our first-ever international live broadcast. Host Mark Wheat is live from the Götubarinn nightclub in Akureyri, Iceland, where he'll interview artists, host live performances, share cultural insights and more.

"Iceland Airwaves has become one of the key discovery festivals in the world annually, launching the careers of artists like Sigur Rós, Of Monsters and Men, Ásgeir, and more, dating back to 1999," Jim McGuinn says. "We are excited to be here for the first time, bringing the sights and sounds of Iceland to Minnesota and the world."

Wheat's guests include established Icelandic artists like Ásgeir, Emilíana Torrini, and Mammút, new (to most of us) acts like Ösp, 200,000 Naglbitars, and JFDR, and interviews with members of Mumford and Sons, Cocteau Twins, and Iceland's legendary Sugarcubes. In addition to the broadcast (schedule below), we'll continue to share videos and photos from the trip.

Iceland Airwaves broadcast schedule


Thursday and Friday, Nov. 2 and 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central Time (-0500 GMT)
Live from the Götubarinn bar in Akureyri, Iceland
All times Central Daylight Time (Minnesota time)

Thursday, Nov. 2
10:30 a.m. 200,000 Naglbítar - interview and performance
11:45 a.m. Ásgeir - interview and performance
12:30 p.m. Hildur - interview and performance
1:30 p.m. Mammút

Friday, Nov. 3
10:15 a.m. JFDR - Interview
10:45 a.m. Ösp - Interview and performance
11:45 p.m. Emilíani Torrini and The Colourist

All are free and open to the public.
Schedule subject to change.

Resources


Iceland Airwaves - official site

Visit Akureyri

Götubarinn - in Icelandic

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14 Photos

  • Mammut performing live on The Current from Iceland Airwaves
    Mammut performing live on The Current as part of the live broadcasts from Iceland Airwaves. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Hildur talking to Mark Wheat at Iceland Airwaves
    Hildur talking to Mark Wheat on The Current's live broadcast from Iceland Airwaves at Gotubarinn in Akureyri, Iceland. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Asgeir performing on The Current, live from Akureyri in Iceland
    Asgeir performing on The Current, live from the Gotubarinn nightclub in Akureyri, Iceland, as part of the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Mark Wheat broadcasts live from Iceland
    Mark Wheat broadcasts live from the Gotubarinn nightclub in Akureyri, Iceland, as part of the 2017 Iceland Airwaves music festival. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Icelandic band 200,000 Naglbitar live on The Current
    Icelandic band 200,000 Naglbitar live on The Current during the live broadcast from Akureyri, Iceland. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Current's live broadcast from Akureyri, Iceland
    The Gotubarinn nightclub in Akureyri, Iceland, the site of The Current's live broadcasts from the Iceland Airwaves music festival. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Current's live broadcast from Akureyri, Iceland
    Set for The Current's live broadcast from the Gotubarinn nightclub in Akureyri, Iceland. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Current goes to Iceland
    Approaching Akureyri (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Current goes to Iceland
    Long view of Akureyri (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Current goes to Iceland
    A view across the water to Akureyri. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The Current goes to Iceland
    Entering Akureyri, Iceland. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Iceland - updates from the road
    The Current's Mark Wheat will be broadcasting live from Akureyri, Iceland, for the Iceland Airwaves music festival. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Iceland Airwaves broadcast schedule for The Current (updated)
    Iceland Airwaves broadcast schedule for The Current (MPR graphic)
  • Iceland - updates from the road
    The Current's Mark Wheat will be broadcasting live from Gotubarinn, a nightclub in Akureyri, Iceland, for the Iceland Airwaves music festival. (Nate Ryan | MPR)

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