Live Music

The Icelandic music scene is enormously vibrant and productive, burgeoning well beyond those internationally recognised stars Björk, Sigur Rós, Of Monsters and Men and Asgeir, with numerous bands following in their footsteps, including Vök, Mammút, JFDR and Agent Fresco.

Each November, the Airwaves festival features the best of all the local bands, as well as internationally acclaimed artists, in a five day jamboree of sets played in a multitude of downtown locations, all within minutes of each other.

Grapevine is your indispensable guide to all the live events taking place here every night of the week, at a number of downtown venues, available both as an app and as a free listings magazine. Check it out for the latest news.

Húrra Tryggvagata 22

One of a row of gig venues on Tryggvagata, Húrra is a large bar with an extensive single layer back room that provides a home for live bands and DJ sets too.


Gaukurrin Tryggvagata 22

Right next door lies Gaukurinn, an upstairs bar that combines live music, stand up comedy sets, karaoke nights and more.


MENGI Óðinsgata 2

Best described as an art gallery space, MENGI offers a home for the more left field and avant grade performers on the Reykjavík music scene.

KEX Skúlagata 28


A little way out of the city centre, KEX is a gigantic hostel built out of a former biscuit factory with stunning views across to Mount Esja, which also doubles up as a popular live music venue, particularly during the annual Airwaves festival. A great beer selection combines with an excellent range of burgers too.