As if you really need an excuse to visit one of the most beautiful places on the planet, Sonar are here to bring you let another one by hosting a more intimate version of their juggernaut of an electronic music festival. Hosted in the stunning Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik, a cross between the jagged expressionism of The Lowry and the futuristic sheen of The Sage, Sonar Reykjavik is set to celebrate the more experimental side of electronic music.

While artists may be coming from all over the world to play at Sonar Reykjavik, Reykjavik itself has a vibrant music scene. Seen as more of a community than anything else, many of these artists all know each other outside of music and work together professionally. Think of the pockets of musical communities in London but scaled up to fit an entire city. Here are five of Iceland's best that you should definitely check out at Sonar Reykjavik.

Sónar Reykjavik takes place 12-14th February. For more information, head here.


When you think exciting Icelandic artists that aren't Sigur Rós or Björk, Samaris are usually among those many would think of first. And for good reason. Their stunning mix of icy cold synths and lyrics from old Icelandic poems has won them plenty of critical acclaim, including the renowned Icelandic Músíktilraunir.

Lily The Kid

Consisting of siblings Lilja and Hallur, who worked together as part of Bloodgroup, Lily The Kid specialise in the kind of cold, dreamy electronic music that whisks you away to magical tundras and glaciers. Having only played their first show back in November at Iceland Airwaves, now's a perfect time to catch effortlessly cool and beautiful electronic soundscapes.

Young Karin

We like Young Karin so much that we put them on our very own curated stage at Iceland Airwaves last year. Remember that time Purity Ring showed up on a Danny Brown track? That mix of cool vocals with trap beats that pound your ear drums are Young Karin's bread and butter and they do it oh so well.

Tonik Ensemble

Tonik Ensemble is the work of Anton Kaldal Ágústsson who mixes live instruments - y'know, the old wood or brass ones that were cool way back when - with electronic bleeps and bloops to create some mesmerisingly atmospheric tunes. It's sort of techno and sort of not; something you'd listen to alone in a log cabin that in a sweaty nightclub.

Sin Fang

You may already know Sindri Már Sigfússon from his work as founder of Seabear, the seven-piece Icelandic folk powerhouse. Sin Fang is the place where Sigfússon, described by Rolling Stone as "the Icelandic Beck", can cut loose and try something a bit more out there. You can hear touches of his folk roots, but Sin Fang is definitely his experimental playground.