Three queer artists will come together in a live concert this Saturday Night, 15th of June, at Kiki Queer Bar on Laugavegur. The artists are Bláskjár, which is the stage name of Dísa Hreiðarsdóttir, Bjartmar Þórðarson and Skaði Þórðardóttir and though they all play electronic music their music styles are hugely different.
Gay Iceland got in touch with one of the artists, Bjartmar Þórðarson, and asked him to explain to readers in what sense this concert is a new dimension on the Icelandic queer scene.
“It is going to be different, I can promise you that. The line up is interesting in the sense that these artists come from different corners of the queer community,” Bjartmar says. “We will not perform together, though, the concert consists of three solo sets; Bláskjár will perform her own material at the start, then I will take to the stage and perform some of my material as well as music by others and finally Skaði Þórðardóttir does her stuff. It’s a fusion of material from three very different artists.”
“It is going to be different, I can promise you that.”
Asked to explain the main differenc between the artists that will perform at Kiki Queer Bar Bjartmar says that even though they all perform electronic music they come at it from different angles.
“Bláskjár performs acoustic electronic folk inspired indie music, my music could be categorised as electronic indie pop with trip hop nuances and Skaði plays glam electro punk with gusto, the diva that she is.”
Bjartmar says that this program differs from the programs that usually are dominant on the Icelandic queer scene, which tends to lean towards pop music sprinkled with glamour, as he puts it. All three artists write their own songs and lyrics, but Bjartmar will mix his own stuff with some of his favorites from other artists. These three have never performed on the same stage before and Bjartmar is very excited to be working with those fabulous women.
“We are playing together for the first time and I’m really looking forward to it,” he gushes. “In my opinion this is a very entertaining program and we will add a new dimension to the queer music scene.”
Kiki Queer Bar is not the first place that comes to mind when one is looking for live performances in Reykjavík but Bjartmar says that they are making them selfs prominent in staging live performances on their stage.
“They have staged a lot of drag shows in the past but they are widening their repertoire and adding live concerts to the menu, which is really exciting and a good addition to the queer entertinment scene in Reykjavík.”
The concert starts at nine o´clock Saturday night and Bjartmar is confident that this will be an event nobody wants to miss.
“I think I can promise the audience a very good evenings entertainment, a smashing and fresh program from three queer artists that have made their names on the Icelandic music scene and I really urge people to come and get introduced to this aspect of the music flowering in the queer community here. It will really be worth it.”
You heard the man, readers, get your act together and flock to Kiki Queer Bar on Saturday night and celebrate the diversity of the Icelandic queer music scene in style.