Well I just had the most insane time in Iceland at the 2011 Iceland Airwaves festival in Reykjavík. The photographs are all for the 405 so please go there for day-by-day reviews of the festival itself; however here are some photos of the many acts we saw during the craziest 5 days in Iceland I have ever witnessed.
The launch of Plaid’s latest album, ‘Scintilli’ at Shoreditch’s Village Underground was probably one of my more challenging shoots this year. Plaid make all their music from three Apple laptops perched on a console in front of them, and their performance was (apart from the music) all about the visuals projected onto the massive brick wall behind them. So I decided that, rather than getting as close to the stage as possible, I’d stand at the back of the room, back to the wall, and get long shots of the combinations of the projected graphics and the play of the spotlights in the centre of the ceiling. It was a mesmerising experience.
The Line Of Best Fit’s Scandinavian showpiece Ja Ja Ja returned to the London calendar last night with a temporary change of venue. At the Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen were Norwegian Ska group Razika, Finnish sisters LCMDF (‘Le Corps Mince de Françoise’) and, kicking the evening off in style, Icelandic dance trio Sykur, with guest vocalist Agnes Björt Andradóttir.