The Current brings Iceland Airwaves to you

Iceland Airwaves Festival
The Current wants to send you to the Iceland Airwaves festival! (Nate Ryan | MPR)

The Current has been invited back to broadcast at the Iceland Airwaves Festival, a four-day music event featuring hundreds of emerging musical acts from around the world.

Celebrating its 20th year, the festival has welcomed The Current to share the Reykjavik-based events through live broadcast, interviews and studio sessions. The festival runs November 7 through November 10, and you can hear Mark Wheat from Iceland Friday, Nov. 8, 6-10 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 9, 3-7 p.m.

"This will be our second year broadcasting live from Iceland, which still boggles our minds from a technical and aesthetic perspective," said Jim McGuinn, Program Director at The Current. "Iceland Airwaves has become one of the best music discovery destinations annually."

Mark Wheat will broadcast from Skuli Craft Bar in Reykjavik November 8-10 and will also be giving listeners detailed reports about the food, the people, and the culture of this special place. We'll also feature sessions with artists including Aurora, Hildur, Natalie Prass, and more.

Broadcast schedule


All times Central Standard Time.

Friday, 6 - 10 p.m. with Mark Wheat
6:35 p.m. Asgeir
7:35 p.m. Bedouine
8:35 p.m. Aurora
9:35 p.m. DJ Flugvel Og Geinskip

Saturday, 3-7 p.m. with Mark Wheat
3:35 p.m. Reykjavikurdatur
4:35 p.m. Soccer Mommy
5:20 p.m. Interview with Siggi (of The Sugarcubes)
5:35 p.m. Hildur
6:35 p.m. Natalie Prass

"I'm looking forward to returning for this year's Iceland Airwaves Festival," said Wheat. "It's an awesome place to discover new music, in an absolutely unique community that values the celebration of the creative arts."

Jay Gabler, co-host of The Current Music News podcast, will also file daily updates covering some of the big issues and successes of the festival, including stories about gender parity and climate change.

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