Músíktilraunir 2023: Celebrating music and innovation Music lovers and musicians reserve the next evening! Tonight started one of the main musical events of the year Músíktilraunir. This year the festival will be held in Harpa’s North Light Hall, the four preliminary nights will be on March 25 – 28 and the final night will be April 1.
Up to 40 of the most exciting and innovative bands in the country will take the stage and perform original music. Music experiments are a hotbed of musical experiments and rhythm observations where everything is allowed. All guests should be able to find something to their liking, but on offer is heavy metal, rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, indie and experimental electronic music to name a few.
For those who are not familiar with Músíktirraunir, it is an annual music competition that seeks to provide young musicians with a platform and opportunity to be in the spotlight, make connections with each other and have the chance to win great prizes. The competition has been going on since 1982 and it has acted as a springboard for the careers of some of the most successful musicians in Iceland, examples of which include Of Monsters and Men, Vök, Agent Fresco and Samaris.
Music experiments aren’t just opportunities to hear amazing music; they are also an opportunity to celebrate innovation and the grassroots in Icelandic music life. The competition is judged by music experts who are looking for individuals who will leave their mark and fingerprint on the future of the music scene by having the guts and talent to create something truly unique. For the competing bands, this is an opportunity to perform on a recognized and respected platform and possibly launch their musical career.
Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir from Of Monsters and Men, the former Músíktilraun winning band, said in her interview with The National Geographic that “…They (Músíktilraunir) have everything. You’ll see someone play heavy metal, then someone take the stage with a glockenspiel, then someone go electro. What I think is super cool is that they give young bands the drive to create music, go on stage and perform”. Nanna’s words are a good testimony of what can happen at this great event.
Tickets for Músíktilrraun are available now and are selling fast. Don’t miss this great opportunity to see some incredibly exciting bands. Whether you have long been a loyal regular and fan of the Icelandic grassroots music scene or are simply looking for something new and exciting to discover, we guarantee that you will see and hear something brand new at this musical highlight of the year.
More information and ticket purchase can be found on the event’s website www.musiktilraunir.is. Follow us on social media for updates and behind-the-scenes insights.