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In Photos: Iceland Airwaves 2015 Asserts Its Musical Domination in the Land of Fire and Ice

Photo by: Alexander Matukhno
by Laura Mason | @masonlazarus Tue November 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM

As always, Reykjavík is on the bleeding edge of Nordic culture and all things cool – and the city knows how to show off that cred during Iceland Airwaves , which occurred last weekend from November 4-8. The festival, which is primarily sponsored by Icelandair, is going through a growth spurt – as is its home city – which meant the roster was bigger and better than ever. Over 100 acts, comprised of both uber hip up-and-coming acts like OBGM, Ariel Pink, Menge, and Bo Ningen, and local acts like Agent Fresco, played across 14 different venues and more than three dozen unofficial-venue sites. Bjork, who has been present at almost every Iceland Airwaves ever, even held a press conference for Gaetum Gardsins (Protect the Park) — a grass-roots movement to protect Iceland's central highlands from industrial development.

Combine this eclectic and cutting-edge musical component with the magic of the land of fire and ice and super stylish attendees, and you've got a hell of festival scene. Below are photos from this year's action.

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Florian Trykowski

Iceland Airwves 2015 Anita Eldjarn 7

Photo by: Anita Eldjarn

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Florian Trykowski

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Alexander Matukhno 1

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Anita Eldjarn

Photo by: Anita Eldjarn

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Florian Trykowski

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Alexander Matukhno 1

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Anita Eldjarn

Photo by: Anita Eldjarn

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Florian Trykowski

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Alexander Matukhno 1

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Alexander Matukhno 1

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Alexander Matukhno 1

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Alexander Matukhno 1

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Florian Trykowski

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Alexander Matukhno 1

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Alexander Matukhno 1

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Alexander Matukhno 1

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Alexander Matukhno 1

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Alexander Matukhno 1

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Alexander Matukhno 1

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Anit Eldjarn 10

Photo by: Anita Eldjarn

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Anit Eldjarn 10

Photo by: Anita Eldjarn

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Anit Eldjarn 10

Photo by: Anita Eldjarn

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Alexander Matukhno 1

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Alexander Matukhno 1

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Anit Eldjarn 10

Photo by: Anita Eldjarn

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Alexander Matukhno 1

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Alexander Matukhno 1

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Anit Eldjarn 10

Photo by: Anita Eldjarn

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Anit Eldjarn 10

Photo by: Anita Eldjarn

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Alexander Matukhno 1

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Alexander Matukhno 1

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Anit Eldjarn 10
Photo by: Anita Eldjarn

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Anit Eldjarn 10

Photo by: Anita Eldjarn

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Erik Luyten

Photo by: Erik Luyten

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Official Alexander Matukhno 1

Iceland Airwaves 2015 Anit Eldjarn 10

Photo by: Anita Eldjarn