Best of Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2012, Day 1

Photos of the Icelandic band Ojba Rasta performing live for Iceland Airwaves Music Festival at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland. October 31, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

I traveled back to the Land of Fire and Ice to shoot my second Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. With about 230 performances spread out over five nights, this year’s Airwaves was the largest and longest it’s been in its 13-year history. I ran around downtown Reykjavik covering the madness the best that I could. Here are some highlights from day one including Blouse, Kiriyama Family, Mammut, Ojba Rasta, Porquesi, and Tilbury.

Photos of the Icelandic band Ojba Rasta performing live for Iceland Airwaves Music Festival at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland. October 31, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Photos of the Icelandic band Kiriyama Family performing live for Iceland Airwaves Music Festival at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland. October 31, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Photos of the band Blouse performing live for Iceland Airwaves Music Festival at KEX Hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland. October 31, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Photos of the band Blouse performing live for Iceland Airwaves Music Festival at KEX Hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland. October 31, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Photos of the Icelandic band Mammut performing live for Iceland Airwaves Music Festival at Reykjavik Art Museum in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 2, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Photos of the Icelandic band Mammut performing live for Iceland Airwaves Music Festival at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland. October 31, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Photos of the Icelandic band Porquesi performing live for Iceland Airwaves Music Festival at Dillon in Reykjavik, Iceland. October 31, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Photos of the Icelandic band Tilbury performing live for Iceland Airwaves Music Festival at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland. October 31, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Photos of Sun Voyager (Solfar) sculpture during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 7, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Photos of Hallgrimskirkja church during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 7, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Photos of downtown Reykjavik view from top of Hallgrimskirkja church during Iceland Airwaves Music Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. November 7, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

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Stay tuned for more ‘Best of Iceland Airwaves’ posts plus full sets from select artists!

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