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SEATTLE, Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- KEXP in cooperation with Iceland Naturally announced today its return to the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland for a series of live broadcasts at Kex Hostel hosted by DJ's Cheryl Waters and Kevin Cole October 30, 31 and November 1 6am to 2pm PST. This will be the fifth time KEXP has broadcast from the festival as part of its mission to discover and champion new artists and new music. KEXP's past involvement in the festival single handedly brought increased attention to relatively unknown acts such as Of Monsters and Men, Asgeir, and Soley leading to international recognition of these artists and the vibrant music community of Iceland.
"KEXP is on a relentless quest to discover and share the best music being created – whether it's in a Seattle neighborhood like Ravenna or across the globe in Reykjavik," said Kevin Cole, Senior Director of Programming and host of the Afternoon Show on KEXP. "Iceland's music scene is legendary and we're delighted to be able to broadcast from the festival to share some of the best music being created with music lovers worldwide."
KEXP's Iceland Airwaves broadcast will feature live on-air performances from 15 artists playing at this year festival including Emiliana Torrini, Asgeir and John Grant among many others.
In addition to the broadcast, the KEXP team will conduct approximately 15-20 field recording sessions with Icelandic artists throughout Reykjavik. Videos of these exclusive performances will be produced and shared online at KEXP.org later in November 2013.
Expect the unexpected, in addition to featuring the great musicians of Iceland, KEXP has hosted such luminaries as olafur Ragnar Grimsson, the President of Iceland, and Jon Gnarr, the Mayor of Reykjavik, who have previously stopped by the broadcast booth to chat with KEXP listeners and share their love of Icelandic music!
The Iceland Airwaves broadcast is a joint project of KEXP and Iceland Naturally. They're presented by KEXP in partnership with KEX Hostel, the City of Reykjavik, Icelandair, Iceland Airwaves, 66° North, Blue Lagoon, Icelandic Glacial Water, and Reyka Vodka.
KEXP's ICELAND AIRWAVES BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Wed. Oct. 30
06:00AM PST/ 09:00AM EST – Samuel Jon Samuelsson Big Band
08:00AM PST/ 11:00AM EST – Emiliana Torrini
10:00AM PST/ 01:00PM EST – Caveman
11:30AM PST/ 02:30PM EST – Valdimar
01:30PM PST/ 04:30PM EST – Borko
Thurs. Oct. 31
06:00AM PST/ 09:00AM EST – Snorri Helgason
08:00AM PST/ 11:00AM EST – My Bubba
10:00AM PST/ 01:00PM EST – Mono Town
11:30AM PST/ 02:30PM EST – Petur Ben
01:30PM PST/ 04:30PM EST – Boogie Trouble
KEXP is one of the most influential listener-supported music radio stations in the country. More than 200,000 listeners from around the world tune in to the station each week over the air and online. On KEXP's YouTube channel, videos of exclusive in-studio performances garner more than 1.7 million views per week. KEXP produces over 500 live performances each year. For more information, please visit www.kexp.org.
About Iceland Naturally
Iceland Naturally is a cooperative marketing organization that promotes the tourism, services, products and culture of Iceland. It represents the true essence of Iceland, its creativity and spectacular natural wonders. The group is comprised of Icelandair, Icelandic USA, Inc., Islandsbanki, Reyka Vodka, City of Reykjavik, Icelandic Glacial Water, 66° NORTH, Blue Lagoon, Keflavik International Airport (KEF), Landsvirkjun, Visit Iceland and the Government of Iceland. For more information, please visit www.icelandnaturally.com.
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