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Glowie performing at the recent Sónar Reykjavik music festival.

Icelandic artist Glowie signs deal with Columbia

24 Mar Icelandic music newcomer Sara Pétursdóttir, otherwise known as Glowie, has signed a huge contract with Columbia records. This is one of the largest music deals made by an Icelandic artist.

Sacrifice seeks to push boundaries and combines art, music and dance.

Artists Matthew Barney, Ragnar Kjartansson and Gabríela Friðriksdóttir unite for Sacrifice

15 Mar On Thursday the Iceland Dance Company will premiere an ambitious work by choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir and her musician partner Valdimar Jóhannsson. Five separate pieces make up "Sacrifice", a celebration of modern rituals.

Jófríður Ákadóttir in a video for her song Instant Patience.

Icelandic musician to watch for 2017: Jófríður Ákadóttir

15 Mar Björk has named her as her number one inspiration and in January, The Line of Best Fit voted for her as the artists to watch for 2017. Jófríður Ákadóttir, member of Samaris, Gangly and Pascal Pinon, has launched an astounding solo project called JFDR.

Svala and her team answer questions following her win at Iceland's preliminary contest on Rúv last night.

Svala sings Iceland's entry to the Eurovision song contest

12 Mar "I really believed in this song and I knew that I could stand with it however this contest turned out," says Svala Björgvinsdóttir. Her song Paper was voted to be Iceland's entry to the Eurovision song contest in Kiev in May.

From Secret Solstice in 2016.

Chaka Khan joins Prodigy and Foo Fighters at Secret Solstice

1 Mar Secret Solstice have just announced the second phase of the line-up for this June's festival in Reykjavik. Among the highlights are Chaka Khan, Richard Ashcroft and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

Jófríður Ákadóttir will perform at Iceland Airwaves with her solo project JFDR

Fleet Foxes, Billy Bragg, Mammút, JFDR + more acts announced for Iceland Airwaves 2017

23 Feb Iceland Airwaves have just announced that Fleet Foxes will be playing two shows during this year´s festival. The legendary Billy Bragg will also be performing, as well as a diverse list of local and international names including new Bella Union signees Mammút and JFDR (aka Jófríður from Samaris).

Reykjavikurdætur are an acclaimed group of female rappers.

New video from feminist Icelandic rappers Reykjavikurdætur

16 Feb Icelandic female rap group Reykjavikurdætur have released yet another provocative vidoe to a new song called "Kalla mig hvað?" (Call me what?).

White Helmets are volunteers in Syria

Music for Syria

24 Jan „There's not much we can do to stop that conflict, but we can do something to help the victims of it - we can support the rescue teams!” Say organizers of a benefit concert for White Helmets, unarmed volunteers who risk their lives to help in Syria.

Principal violist, Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir,at the ISO.

Dark Music Days in Reykjavik begin today

24 Jan Dark Music Days festival has for decades been one of the main venues for contemporary Icelandic music. For this year's festival, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra teams up with Daníel Bjarnason and its principal violist, Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir, for an exciting and varied programme.

Henrik Baldvin Björnsson, singer and songwriter of Singapore Sling in the new music video to "Riffermania."

Exclusive music video premiere: Iceland's Singapore Sling release "Riffermania"

11 Jan Singapore Sling are releasing their ninth LP, KILL KILL KILL (Songs about Nothing) on Fuzz Club Records next month and the first video from the album is premiered exclusively today on mbl.is and Iceland Monitor.

Arnar Már Ólafsson prefers a shady lifestyle in studios to watching Netflix all year round.

Music: The unbearable emptiness of human existence

6 Jan Electronic music artist Arnar Már Ólafsson has just released a new album under the name Kuldaboli, an album that immediately made it to the Kraumur list of best albums of 2016. He's also joining a tenebrous line up at Gaukurinn in central Reykjavik tonight. Iceland Monitor gave him the third degree.

Fufanu are Erling Bang, Guðlaugur Halldórsson and Hrafnkell Flóki Einarsson.

A fantastic line-up of concerts in Reykjavik tonight

28 Dec Icelandic rock band Fufanu will be playing at Kex Hostel in central Reykjavik tonight and admission is free, and later on tonight you can catch the curious and wonderful Skelkur í bringu featuring Steinunn Harðardóttir aka DJ Flugvél og Geimskip.

Björk Guðmundsdóttir is without a doubt the most famous Icelander in history.

Björk lays into the media

22 Dec Icelandic star Björk lays into the media in a post she wrote on Facebook yesterday regarding women in the music business.

Lead singer JJ Julius Son.

Iceland’s Kaleo named top new Rock artist

12 Dec Kaleo was formed in 2012 and consists of JJ Julius Son (Jökull Júlíusson), Davíð Antonsson, Daníel Ægir Kristjánsson and Rubin Pollock.

View on Iceland: John Grant, Equality and Elves

10 Dec Once you’ve finished browsing Iceland Monitor’s wide selection of news, events and features, you might like to have a look at some other Iceland-related material from around the world that we shall be collecting for you weekly.

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