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Listen to the playlist for the Reykjanes peninsula, picked by ATP music festival's manager

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  • Tómas Young is the manager of ATP Iceland. He put together the ultimate playlist for Keflavík and the Reykjanes peninsula. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

Tómas Young, manages the music festival All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland which begins this evening when artists such as HAM, Spiritualized, Kurt Vile and Mogwai take the stage in the old army base in Ásbrú , South Iceland.


For those attending the festival or visiting Keflavík, Tómas recommends a visit to Rokkheimur Rúnars Júlíussonar, a museum dedicated to local rock legend Rúnar Júlíusson and located on Skólavegur 12 in Keflavík. 
“After the concert grab a pizza at Langbest. By far the best pizza on the whole of Iceland,” he says. 

Here’s his playlist for Keflavík and the Reykjanes Peninsula.  

  1. Bláu augun þín by Hljómar. The local band Hljómar was the Icelandic equivalence to The Beatles.

  2. Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin. “We come from the land of the ice and snow where the midnight sun glows and hot springs flow.” 

  3. Borgin by Hjálmar. A great song by Hjálmar, the first Icelandic reggae band to gain popularity.

  4. Jubilee Street by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. A fantastic, powerful and very memorable performance by the band during ATP 2013 makes me think of Keflavík. Towards the end of this song Cave fell of stage but returned in one piece soon after and the crowd went nuts.

  5. Undraland (Wonderland) by Valdimar. A great track by local band Valdimar. The lyrics might as well have been written about Reykjanes.

  6. Tangerine Girl by Trúbrot. A great track by local heroes Trúbrot. The song’s from the album Lifun - one of my all-time favourite records!

  7. Wandering Star by Portishead. The band will perform at ATP this summer. I’ve listened to this countless times on Reykjanesbraut Highway on my way to Keflavík.

  8. Léttur í lundu by Pónik og Einar. The song’s about going to a dance in Stapi, a famous club back in the 60’s. The lyrics say: “It’s fun to come to Keflavík, the nights there aren’t like anything else!” 

  9. Keflavíkurnætur (Keflavik Nights) by Rúnar Júlíusson and Jóhann Helgason. Two local heroes got together and wrote this ode to Keflavik.

  10. Gott er að gefa (It’s Good to Give) by Rúnar Júlíusson. Rúnar is a local legend who played with the bands Hljómar & Trúbrot. He was also a great solo musician. I had the honour of knowing him for several years before he died in 2008 and he released the only record I’ve ever been a part of on his label back in 2002. 


All Tomorrows Parties' Tómas Young's soundtrack for Reykjanes peninsula by Icelandmag on Mixcloud



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