Taste of Iceland provided a cool cultural exchange in the Twin Cities

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Taste of Iceland show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis
Icelandic band Mammut perform as part of the Reykjavik Calling show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 3, 2019, as part of the Taste of Iceland event in the Twin Cities. (Darin Kamnetz for MPR)

For the past two years, we at The Current have enjoyed sharing the experience of the Iceland Airwaves music festival, broadcasting and creating videos from one of the world's coolest music fests. This year, Iceland Naturally decided to bring the Taste of Iceland to the Twin Cities from May 2 to 5, and The Current helped host this five-day experience of events that welcomed Icelandic cuisine, bartending, film, literature and — of course — music to Minnesota.

We hosted both Kælan Mikla and Mammút in our studios, and we presented a free show at The Fine Line in Minneapolis — along with locals The Bad Man, for another type of music exchange — and we also gave away a trip to one lucky winner (and their lucky friend!) to the Airwaves Festival, which happens November 6 to 9 in Reykjavik.

It was a blast to have a bit of Iceland in our midst, and to introduce two of the country's best bands to Current listeners. To the artists, listeners, and staff who took part in Taste of Iceland 2019, I must say a hearty Takk (Icelandic for "thank you")!

In-Studio Video

See more video and listen to full in-studio interviews with Kælan Mikla and with Mammút

External Links

Iceland Naturally - official site

Kælan Mikla - Bandcamp

Mammút - official site

The Bad Man - official site

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  • Taste of Iceland show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis
    Taste of Iceland in the Twin Cities, a cultural exchange event, spanned May 2 to 5, 2019. (Darin Kamnetz for MPR)
  • Taste of Iceland show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis
    Mammut portrait taken backstage ahead of the Reykjavik Calling show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 3, 2019, as part of the Taste of Iceland event in the Twin Cities. (Darin Kamnetz for MPR)
  • Taste of Iceland show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis
    Kaelan Mikla portrait taken backstage before the Reykjavik Calling show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 3, 2019, as part of the Taste of Iceland event in the Twin Cities. (Darin Kamnetz for MPR)
  • Taste of Iceland show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis
    The Bad Man portrait taken backstage before the Reykjavik Calling show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 3, 2019, as part of the Taste of Iceland event in the Twin Cities. (Darin Kamnetz for MPR)
  • Taste of Iceland show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis
    Music fans dance during the Reykjavik Calling show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 3, 2019, as part of the Taste of Iceland event in the Twin Cities. (Darin Kamnetz for MPR)
  • Taste of Iceland show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis
    Icelandic band Mammut perform during the Reykjavik Calling show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 3, 2019, as part of the Taste of Iceland event in the Twin Cities. (Darin Kamnetz for MPR)
  • Taste of Iceland show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis
    Mammut perform during the Reykjavik Calling show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 3, 2019, as part of the Taste of Iceland event in the Twin Cities. (Darin Kamnetz for MPR)
  • Taste of Iceland show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis
    Mammut perform during the Reykjavik Calling show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 3, 2019, as part of the Taste of Iceland event in the Twin Cities. (Darin Kamnetz for MPR)
  • Taste of Iceland show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis
    The Current's Jade introduces the bands at the Reykjavik Calling show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 3, 2019, as part of the Taste of Iceland event in the Twin Cities. (Darin Kamnetz for MPR)
  • Taste of Iceland show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis
    Iceland's Kaelan Mikla perform during the Reykjavik Calling show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 3, 2019, as part of the Taste of Iceland event in the Twin Cities. (Darin Kamnetz for MPR)
  • Taste of Iceland show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis
    The merchandise table is festooned with an inflatable Icelandair plane at the Reykjavik Calling show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 3, 2019, as part of the Taste of Iceland event in the Twin Cities. (Darin Kamnetz for MPR)
  • Taste of Iceland show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis
    Minneapolis band The Bad Man perform at the Reykjavik Calling show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 3, 2019, as part of the Taste of Iceland event in the Twin Cities. (Darin Kamnetz for MPR)
  • Taste of Iceland show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis
    Minneapolis band The Bad Man perform during the Reykjavik Calling show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 3, 2019, as part of the Taste of Iceland event in the Twin Cities. (Darin Kamnetz for MPR)
  • Taste of Iceland show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis
    Minneapolis band The Bad Man perform during the Reykjavik Calling show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 3, 2019, as part of the Taste of Iceland event in the Twin Cities. (Darin Kamnetz for MPR)