Traveling to the country of Björk, the Northern Lights, and the unpronounceable volcano that stopped the aerial traffic some years ago is amazing in itself. But if in addition you’re going there to attend a music festival such as Sónar, the feeling gets even better. With a three-day schedule of both international and national artists, this year’s edition of Sónar Reykjavik was full of surprises, new talent discoveries, and positive vibes.
On Thursday, Glowie, an all-pink-everything Icelandic melodic pop star, opened the evening at SonarClub with a rather calm but effective show. People loved her, and she offered her public a good vocal performance and some memorable moments, including a dance with an inflatable flamingo. Later on, at the same stage, Vancouver-born rap queen Tommy Genesis brought in the bad girl allure everyone expected; her attitude while performing was so great, it even became palpable when singing hits such as Angelina and Execute.
But the top highlights of the evening came with Ben Klock and Vatican Shadow. Despite the Red Witch Melisandre (only for GoT fans) states that “the night is dark and full of terrors”, Sónar’s nights are bright (with lasers) and full of techno. The Berghain-resident DJ lit up the SonarLab stage with massive beats, getting very dark at some points (what else could you expect while being at the underground car park?), but keeping it fun, danceable and playful.