In the vibrant city of Reykjavik, the annual Blúshátíð festival stands out as a beacon of musical artistry, particularly in the genre of blues. Scheduled to begin in early April 2024, the festival promises to be a mesmerizing event, showcasing the best of Icelandic blues talent.
Blúsfélag Reykjavíkur, the Reykjavik Blues Society, established on November 6, 2003, at Kaffi Reykjavík, serves as the festival’s backbone. It was here that Iceland’s leading exponents of blues music first came together, performing to a house full of enthusiasts and lovers of the genre. Since then, the society has played a pivotal role in promoting and advancing blues music in Iceland. It honors individuals who have contributed significantly to the growth of blues music in the country and actively collaborates with other blues societies, particularly in organizing blues festivals.
The highlight of the 2024 festival is a one-night-only concert, set to be a real feast for music lovers. Scheduled for April 13th at Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, this event is not just a concert but a grand celebration of Icelandic blues. The lineup features the country’s finest blues musicians, including the incomparable singers Andrea Gylfadóttir, Ragnheiður Gröndal, and Stefanía Svavarsdóttir. They will perform alongside renowned artists such as Guðmundur Pétursson, Halldór Bragason, Óskar Logi Ágústsson, Nick Jameson, Davíð Þór Jónsson, bassist Róbert Þórhallsson, and drummer Ásgeir Óskarsson.
In addition to these solo performers, the band Bláa höndin, consisting of Jakob Frímann Magnússon, Guðmundur Pétursson, Jón Ólafsson, and Einar Scheving, will also grace the stage. This gathering of artists isn’t just a concert; it’s a deep dive into the soulful world of blues, offering a unique and powerful experience to the audience.
Following the main event at Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, the Blúshátíð Club will keep the festivities going. Here, the celebration continues into the night, with different musicians stirring up a true blues brew. This part of the festival is where magic happens – spontaneous, unrehearsed performances that are often the most memorable parts of such gatherings.
Blúshátíð is more than a concert or a series of performances; it’s a cultural phenomenon that brings together the best of Iceland’s blues scene. It’s a place where veterans and newcomers alike share the stage, united by their love for blues music. This festival is a testament to the thriving music scene in Iceland and the passionate community that keeps the blues alive in the heart of Reykjavik.
For further information, updates, and tickets, enthusiasts are encouraged to visit the festival’s Facebook page and the official website.