• Björk Announced for La Route Du Rock 2015

    La Route Du Rock, the annual music festival in St. Malo, France, has announced the Icelandic musical polymath Björk as the first headliner of the its 25th anniversary edition.

    The event is much-loved by French and English festival-goers alike, offering lovingly-curated lineups in which no two bands overlap, and every act gets a headliner-length set. The festival takes place on beach and castle stages in and around the picturesque seaside town of St. Malo. A true jewel of Brittany's "emerald coast", the walled city, sea-swimming and nearby oyster farms are a year-round attraction in their own right.

    Previous years have seen top international bands like The National, The Flaming Lips, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Portishead, Massive Attack, Aphex Twin, The Cure and many more headline the Fort de Saint-Père stage, which it houses within a huge 17th Centurt fort. But the festival is also famous for spotting new bands early - it's a fantastic place to find fresh talents. Deerhunter, Mac Demarco, Ought, Perfect Pussy, Parquet Courts, Fuck Buttons, Jaaco Gardner, Lower Dens, Alt-J, and countless others had shows at La Route Du Rock early on in their career.

    The festival's adventurous programming, combined with top-notch hospitality and excellent staging, makes it a firm favourite amongst artists as well as fans. La Route Du Rock is one of the "best kept secrets" of the European festival circuit, and 2015 is shaping up to be another vintage year.

    More lineup announcements coming soon - combined festival and ferry tickets are on sale now for only £155.

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    UK packages now on sale - £155 for  ferry journey & festival:

  • Sandra Kolstad Announces London Show.

    Fluttering electro meets with the acoustic elements like a human and an extraterrestrial meeting for the first time... wonderful." - The Line of Best Fit

    Sandra Kolstad has announced a London show at The Lexington to support the UK release of her fabulous third album, "Zero Gravity State of Mind."

    Kolstad is a charismatic, must-see performer who has toured widely and played many top festivals and events in Europe and the US. See details of her first London show of 2015, staged with The Line Of Best Fit, here.

    - New album "Zero Gravity State Of Mind" Out on March 3rd
    - One-off London show announced March 5th
    - "My Yellow Heart" played out by Lauren Laverne & Mary Ann Hobbs on BBC 6music
    - Stunning Iceland-shot video hits 8k plays since release

    "The Norwegian queen of electronic pop music"
    - Ja Ja Ja

    "Kolstad blends light and dark like the very best Scandinavian pop
    songstresses can...
    she's set our pulses racing."
    DIY Magazine

    "A Norse-Berlin dance phenomenon"

    - RCRD-LBL

  • Sandra Kolstad's My Yellow Heart Hits BBC 6 Music.

    Sandra Kolstad's My Yellow Heart has hit the airwaves in the UK via BBC 6 Music plays from Lauren Laverne and Mary Ann Hobbs.

    The stunning video premiered in the UK on The Line Of Best Fit, and was singled out by Hobbs as an eye catching and magical way to hear the track.

    The album, Zero Gravity State Of Mind, comes out on March 3rd via Red Eye Transit.

    Your free mp3 today comes via @sandrakolstad in Norway! HOORAY! It's awesome.

    — BBC Radio 6 Music (@BBC6Music) February 16, 2015

  • M-Band: "a truly captivating world"

    “A diverse collection of eight tracks which spans influences such as skippy 2-step, avant techno and glorious mechanical soul… rippling, billowing techno with a humane heart, and the visuals match the hypnotic, hallucinogenic music.” - Clash Magazine

    "Like Wild Beasts’ Hayden Thorpe swooning over a Planet Mu skitter, the record darts between stout kick drums, glitchy shuffles, murky trip-hop and widescreen ambience, at once balmy and chilling, generous and vulnerable." - Crack Magazine

    "The slowly unfurling techno-with-soul is reminiscent of the kind of illuminating noise that Caribou puts out. "All Is Love" wields a strong, meaty pulse that you can shake your thang to, but it's also got a warm emotional core." - The Line of Best Fit

    "The "M-Band" modus operandi is ethereal and beautiful, but also jarring and unexpected... more like the feeling of the unheimlich than epiphany, more uncanny than numinous." - The Quietus

    "[M-Band] glows with sincere illustrations of wistful desire - intense, conscious, and full of nurture... willing to take a listener in with open arms and float to a warm haven." - no fear of pop

    "A striking, absorbing, rich and wonderfully dense creation which mirrors the the night in all of its beguiling beauty. The rush and hush, the burning heart of it all... a truly captivating world" - Gold Flake Paint

    "A cardinal masterpiece of contemporary music... an audio Sistine Chapel." - Joyzine

    "The coordinates of the musical universe of Hörður Már Bjarnason are faith, hope and love... eight tracks in which he dances playfully through space and time, interweaving his almost weightless tenor vocals with bass gravity." - Spex

    "A hypnotic sound, gleaned from various corners of contemporary electronica, with songs built from minimal clicking rhythms, washes and whispers of ambient sound, haunting melodies, swells and crescendos" - Ja Ja Ja Music

    "An artist who strives to maintain human elements alongside his intricately woven electronic backdrops... Bjarnason’s distinctive vocals lend a tender edge to his work." - Nordic Playlist

    Astoundingly talented Icelandic producer and vocalist M-Band has proven a hit with early-adopting European music publications following the release of his debut album, "Haust".

    Picked as one of 19 Icelandic bands - from a long list of hundreds - M-Band will represent Iceland at the 2015 Eurosonic festival.

    Contact johnATprojektaDOTco for more information.

  • Projekta & Nordic By Nature Present: M-Band, Faun Racket, Just Another Snake Cult in London

    Projekta & Nordic by Nature present:

    M-Band (IS)
    Faun Racket (EE)
    Just Another Snake Cult (IS)

    27/11/2014 / 7pm - free entry / Facebook Event

    A showcase of three suprememly talented emerging bands from Iceland and Estonia, for one night only at the brand new venue from the ppl behind The Old Blue Last and Birthdays - The Stillery.

    M-Band (IS)
    ”Washes and whispers of ambient sound... haunting melodies... hypnotic” - Ja Ja Ja Music

    Faun Racket (EE)
    “hypnotic and disconcerting... demented, theatrical dance music.” - The Quietus
    “Think late-era Bowie meets late-era Scott Walker, delivered by mid-era Gary Numan... terribly dark, yet beaming somehow, plastically iridescent.” - Drowned In Sound

    Just Another Snake Cult (IS)
    “Mixes Brian Wilson with Ariel Pink.. truly compelling, and original enough to blow minds & capture hearts” - TLOBF

    With support from Iceland music export & Tallinn Music Week.

  • Projekta at Airwaves.

    Projekta will have five bands playing at Iceland Airwaves this Nov 5th-9th - Bastardgeist (US), Just Another Snake Cult (IS), M-Band (IS), Mat Riviere (UK) and Oyama (IS).

    We are also doing some supplementary press work on Jóhann Jóhansson's presentation of The Miner's Hymns, performed at Harpa with the Reykjavík Symphony Orchestra.

    See a full schedule of performances, many of which are "off venue" and do not require a festival wristband, here - including a Projekta warm-up party at Bar 11, and a wind-down party at iconic Reykjavík party bar Kaffibarinn.

  • Dad Rocks: UK Tour, Album Reviews

    To celebrate the release of his new album "Year Of The Flesh", Dad Rocks! embarks on a UK tour this week. The record has been picking up some wonderful reviews in the UK's music media:

    "Sumptuous" - NME
    - Crack
    "Energetic & uplifting"
    - DIY
    "A sonic treat" - TLOBF
    "Beautiful" - Ja Ja Ja
    "Glorious" - The 405

    Catch him on the road in the following cities:

    Oct 16th: London - The Lexington -
    Oct 17th: Newport - Le Pub -
    Oct 18th: Leicester - The Firebug -
    Oct 19th: Machester - A Carefully Planned Festival -
    Oct 20th: Glasgow - The Broadcast -
    Oct 22nd: Leeds - The Holy Trinity Church -
    Oct 23rd: Norwich - Norwich Arts Centre -
    Oct 24th: Brighton - Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar -
    Oct 25th: Dortmund - Sissykingkong -


  • M-Band Announces Berlin Music Week Shows

    "A hypnotic sound, gleaned from various corners of contemporary electronica, with songs built from minimal clicking rhythms, washes and whispers of ambient sound, haunting melodies, swells and crescendos" - Ja Ja Ja Music

    "An artist who strives to maintain human elements alongside his intricately woven electronic backdrops... Bjarnason’s distinctive vocals lend a tender edge to his work." - Nordic Playlist

    Emerging Icelandic 'nu-electronica' star M-Band has announced two shows at Berlin Music Week. M-Band is Hörður Már Bjarnason, also a sometime member of Tonik and Nolo, who is spreading his wings as a solo artist with this release.

    After relocating to Berlin this summer and gaining an increasing amount of attention for his haunting live shows and mesmerizing studio work, M-Band is gathering momentum as 2014 goes on.

    Projekta Music and Nordic By Nature have received a 1m ISK grant to help promote M-Band in the UK and Germany, and to develop awareness with industry, media and audiences alike.

    His debut album, Haust, comes out this November in the UK and Germany, with further gig announcements in both countries to follow.

    Berlin Music Week dates

    Thurs 04/09 / 16:00 / First We Take Berlin Showcase
    Venue: Neue Heimat, Revaler Strasse 99

    Fri 05/09 / 16:00 / Our Berlin Music Week
    Venue: Oberhafenkantine Berlin, Am Flutgraben 2

    Iceland AIrwaves 2014

    November 5th-9th - Venue / Slot TBC

  • Projekta Receive 1m ISK Grant From Iceland Music Export

    Projekta Music has received a 1m ISK (€6,515) grant from the Iceland Music Export to promote three highly promising artists from the Reykjavík scene: Just Another Snake Cult, M-Band and Tilbury.

    Partnering with Berlin-based management and publicity house Nordic By Nature for the German aspect, Projekta will guide albums by the three bands to a late-2014 release in the UK and GSA territories, also carrying out a publicity campaign, and working in a consulting manager role, establishing relationships with showcase festivals, labels, agents and publishers.

    These three bands have caught the wind in their sails recently due to their creative, exciting and accomplished sounds, both in the studio and onstage. Projekta has been in ongoing conversation with all three for several months, finally applying for the grant to work on their behalf.

    Taken together, they give a strong representation of Reykjavík's diverse and thriving scene. Tilbury’s intelligent and purposeful indie-pop, M-Band’s on-point nu-electronica, and Just Another Snake Cult’s imaginative psych-surf sound are rich with potential for overseas development.

    We’ve put together a playlist of tracks by the three bands here for people to listen or blog, and we look forward to bringing their talents to the ears of critics and audiences alike over the coming months.

    Contact John for further information, booking enquiries, downloads and review copies, and check out band pages for our press roster here.

  • Slottsfjell 2014: "A three-day festival that has bordered on fantasy"

    "A three-day festival that has bordered on fantasy... a heavenly sanctuary." - Drowned In Sound

    "Stunning... a festival that completely delivers on its promise" - CLASH

    "It's like Glastonbury Tor's tougher brother and the views are breathtaking... I wake up covered in footprints with no clear idea of what went down, apart from me. On the bus to the airport the next day, I start to well up, like a child at the end of a birthday party. I'm going to miss the beautiful scenery, the unfailingly friendly Norwegians and their enthusiastic, deranged bands. We board the plane, already pining for the fjords." - The Quietus

    "The added bonus with an event like Slottsfjell, aside from the great line-up and wonderful people, is that it will truly double up as a holiday. Why not swap dancing in mud with morning swims in the fjord? Norway and Slottsfjell will change your life!" - Amazing Radio

    Also included in The Guardian Festival Guide.


  • ATP Iceland Announces Slowdive, Shellac, Low, Liars, Mogwai, Loop & More

    Mogwai, Slowdive, Shellac, Low, Devendra Banhart (solo),
    Liars, Loop, I Break Horses, Pharmakon and Ben Frost to play alongside Portishead, Interpol, Swans, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Forest Swords & Fuck Buttons.

    HAM, Sin Fang, Pascal Pinon and Fufanu join Samaris, Sóley, Low Roar, Mammút & more to complete Icelandic lineup

    All Tomorrow’s Parties today announces the lineup for their 2014 Icelandic Takeover, which includes a Neil Young & Crazy Horse show at Laugardalshöllin on July 7th, and the second ever ATP Iceland Festival, to be held at the former NATO base Ásbrú in Keflavík near the nation’s capital, from July 10-12th.

    First up are Steve Albini’s brutal alt-rock outfit Shellac, playing Iceland for the first time since 1999. They're joined on the bill by US slowcore legends Low. LIARS’ latest record sets them up for incendiary set at ATP Iceland, and the dreamy sound of Slowdive will be a big draw for many. Alt-folk star Devendra Banhart will also enter the spotlight for a solo outing, and seminal Scottish post-rock outfit Mogwai will bring their evergreen epic noise to the festival.

    On the home team are Ben Frost, the Iceland-based Australian whose acclaimed new album A U R O R A is due to drop soon. Young Icelandic twins Pascal Pinon join the bill alongside their Morr Music labelmate Sin Fang, as do classic Icelandic rock band HAM, and Fufanu (formerly Captain Fufanu).

    These bands join an already stellar lineup, with Portishead, Interpol, Swans, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Fuck Buttons, Eaux, Forest Swords, Samaris, Low Roar, For A Minor Reflection, Sóley and Mammút already announced.

    ATP founder Barry Hogan: "We are over the moon to announce some of our favourite bands playing Iceland for the very first time. It's only our second year, but we've everyone from ATP royalty like Mogwai and Shellac to bands who've heavily influenced us like Loop and Low. We love Iceland and we can’t wait to get back once again to share this stellar lineup and unique setting with you."

    On Portishead & Interpol: "Portishead have a rich history and close relationship with us, which started with them curating ATP back in 2007 after a long live-hiatus and being the first ever curators for the I'll Be Your Mirror series. Interpol on the other hand, while being long-time ATP favourites, have never played the event, and it's an exciting prospect that the eagerly awaited second Icelandic ATP will be their first."

    With the lineup of music now complete, there are still some exciting announcements to come, including the curator/s of the ever-popular cinema schedule, and the details of the food & drink element of the festival that brings so much happiness to attendees each year as they devour some Icelandic food between bands.

    Festival tickets that include on-site accommodation quickly sold out, so the festival has secured extra accommodation on-site at Ásbrú to reflect the demand. Located only a short walk from the venues, these tickets are available as 2-berth and 4-berth on Combination tickets with access to the Neil Young & Crazy Horse show are also available.

    The Full Icelandic Takeover Lineup:

    7th July:
    Neil Young & Crazy Horse @ Laugardalshöllin, Reykjavík


    10th-12th July:
    ATP Iceland @ Ásbrú, Keflavík

    Portishead, Interpol, Mogwai, Slowdive, Shellac

    LIARS, Devendra Banhart (solo), Kurt Vile and Violators

    Swans, LOOP, Low, Fuck Buttons, Forest Swords

    HAM, Singapore Sling, Ben Frost, Hebronix, Haxan Cloak, Pharmakon

    Eaux, Sin Fang, Náttfari, Pascal Pinon, Kria Brekkan, Fufanu, I Break Horses

    For A Minor Reflection, Sóley, Samaris, Low Roar, Mammút

    Tickets & Info:


    ATP Iceland Page:

    Neil Young @ Laugardalshöllin:

    ATP Iceland 2014 Event:

  • ATP Iceland Join Projekta's Publicity Roster

    We're super-happy to announce Projekta will be working with All Tomorrow's Parties, on both ATP Iceland 2014 and the accompanying Neil Young & Crazy Horse show ay Laugurdalshöllin on July 7th.

    The first ATP Iceland last year was a spectacular success, and included am incendiary headline show by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Nick Cave said of the event "this is my favourite festival, in my favourite country," and his enthusiasm was apparent when he hit the stage; Jim Jarmusch and Tilda Swinton also made local headlines as they got involved with Icelandic bands, food and culture at the festival.

    Confirmed so far for the 2014 festival are Portishead, Swans, Interpol, Kurt Vile, Fuck Buttons, Forest Swords, Haxan Cloak and Icelandic acts like Samaris, Low Roar, For a Minor Reflection and Mammut. The full lineup announcement is coming soon.

    Follow ATP Iceland on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

  • AK/DK Announce Album, Parties and UK Tour

    Brighton's best & brightest AK/DK have announced some live shows around their forthcoming debut album, Synth + Drums + Noise + Space.

    They're a band famous for the raucous spontaneity of their stage performances, captured on this thrilling LP via a live recording process that featured minimal studio editing. AK/DK are a must-see for fans of joyful, high-energy acts like Battles and Dan Deacon, with whom AK/DK are often positively compared.

    John Kennedy is one of many AK/DK converts, naming them in Xfm's Ones To Watch for 2014.

    17th - The Old Blue Last – London (w/ Napoleon IIIrd & Hypnotized) // Facebook Event
    18th - The Green Door Store – Brighton (w/ Hypnotized) // Facebook Event

    6th – The Haunt – Brighton (w/ Fujiya & Miyagi)
    10th – XOYO – London (w/ Fujiya & Miyagi)
    11th – Thekla – Bristol (w/ Fujiya & Miyagi)
    13th – Deaf Institute – Manchester (w/ Fujiya & Miyagi)

  • Electric Litany Album Release Gig in London

    "A canvas of orchestral indie krautrock... an entrancing opportunity to delve into their dark and sinister world" - The Line Of Best Fit
    "Reminiscent of (early) Editors or even Bauhaus, there's a beauty to their melancholy, a redemptive edge to their sorrow." - Clash
    "Think of some hectic, politically-charged combination of Placebo, Joy Division, Interpol, Titus Andronicus and White Lies... smashing, bass-heavy indie."  - Killing Moon

    05/03/14 @ Jamboree, Cable St, London / 19:30 / £5 / Facebook Event

    Electric Litany's grand, ambitious and bleak rock sound has been drawing some impressive admirers recently.

    The English/Greek four piece have been billed as having the potential to be "the new Radiohead" by producer Alan Parsons, who worked on their new album, Enduring Days You Will Overcome, and Bella Union boss Simon Raymonde gave them a first UK radio play on his Amazing Radio show last week. Their sound is both bleak and romantic; at once retro-futurist and forward-thinking.

    Clash premiered their latest video, noting "there's a beauty to their melancholy", and The Line Of Best Fit were equally full of praise, called the video "an entrancing opportunity to delve into their dark and sinister world". The BBC also reported on the cutting edge technology used to record the new album.

    Read a full press release on the album and the band's history here and get a flavour of their sound via their latest video, below.

    Limited guest list is available: send requests to by 4pm on March 5th 2014.