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EFMF 2015

Aug 30/2015

What started in an airplane hanger has now become something of an annual pilgrimage for music lovers seeking one of most diverse festivals in the world. Iceland Airwaves 2015 served up an array of both established and emerging hip-hop, rock, indie and electronic music. Even larger than last year, the festivities were stretched over five days, November 4th-8th with over 240 acts appearing in over 50 official/unofficial-venue sites across the long weekend. From hostels and record stores to the Reykjavík Art Museum, the majority of public spaces were transformed into a stage. The opening night was something of an Icelandic showcase, as Reykjavíkurdaetur (translation Reykjavík’s Daughter) unleashed it’s 13 piece all girl hip-hop collective earning rousing responses with an explosive set at NASA. Dressed in nude body suit’s the girls took turns passing the mics to trade verses and deliver hard choruses shouted in Icelandic. Much kike SXSW, bands take the opportunity to play several shows over the course of the festival. Milkywhale (formed by choreographer Melkorka Sigríður Magnúsdóttir and musician Árni Hlöðversson of FM Belfast) had a string of sets including the festival’s opening at the very packed Laundromat Cafe. The post-pop duo are Iceland’s equivalent of a slightly


We’ve all seen the bumper stickers – the line of rainbow coloured, collared bears dancing along the back of some asthmatic old car on its way to a festival. Beyond the bears, we’ve delighted in the genius ice cream flavour that is “Cherry Garcia,” or thought that wearing a wreath of red roses would be the perfect accessory to a rock show. The almost cult-like status of The Grateful Dead is so prevalent, so omnipresent, so engrained into our society that many people don’t even realize what the tie-dyed, trippy references harken back to. Which is a shame. Their music was innovative and spoke for a generation of young souls who couldn’t explain what escape they needed until they heard it booming out of a speaker during an acid trip. The idea of the Grateful Dead has somewhat taken over the music of the Grateful Dead for subsequent generations. Director Mike Fleiss has successfully managed to bring it back to the music with his new documentary The Other One. He lets the story of the band be told first-hand through the oft-overshadowed Bob Weir (lead singer, rhythm guitarist and writer) as well as 30 years worth of archive and interviews.


Uzo Aduba

Arguably one of the biggest breakout stars of the hugely popular Netflix original series, Orange is the New Black, Emmy award-winning Uzo Aduba has become a favourite among fans and critics alike for her portrayal as Suzanne, a.k.a. “Crazy Eyes”. Georgie had the pleasure of speaking with Aduba about the lessons she’s learned from being on the show and the freedom that comes with playing Suzanne. G—Season three of Orange is the New Black is starting soon, how are you feeling about that? Excited, nervous? UA—I always get nervous — I’m that actor. And I can’t ever not be nervous. I get nervous no matter what, whether I have a play or a show to premiere. My cast mates will tell you that I’m definitely not the one you want to talk to before a release. [Laughs] G—What makes you so nervous? Are you worried about how it will be received? UA— All of it! I mean, I think it’s that and also it’s how my investment manifests itself. But yeah, I do get nervous. I want the work to be good—for everyone. G—I’m sure it will be, judging by some of the previews I’ve seen. Speaking of which, in