UMPHREY’S MCGEE PRESENTS RÖCKJAVIK
Umphrey’s McGee presents RÖCKJAVIK, a three-night residency in March 2020 that will see them take over the stunning Eldborg Hall within the Harpa Conference Center in Reykjavik, Iceland during peak Northern Lights viewing season. Featuring six sets of Umphrey’s McGee, plus hand-picked support acts in one of Europe’s most celebrated venues, Röckjavik will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience in one of the world’s most exciting and beautiful countries. Take a long weekend and enjoy all that Umphrey’s McGee, Reykjavik and Iceland have to offer throughout the days and well into the long Icelandic nights!
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Röckjavik is SOLD OUT!
Thank you! See you under the Northern Lights!
It’s time to check one off the bucket list. Umphrey’s McGee is heading to Iceland! Join us for Röckjavik on March 20th, 21st, and 22nd 2020, as we settle in to the capital city of Reykjavik in the Nordic island country. We’ll have the distinct pleasure of performing at the Eldborg Hall in Harpa Conference Center, a world-class concert hall with state of the art acoustics, housed within an award-winning glass architectural marvel on the waterfront.
Make the most of this trip of a lifetime with our umVIP program, which guarantees seating in the first seven rows, a meet-and-greet with the band on Saturday, March 21st OR Sunday, March 22nd (exact date and time to be determined shortly) including an open bar with traditional Icelandic canapes inside a beautiful private event space within Harpa. The package also includes an autographed concert poster by renowned artist Chuck Sperry, an exclusive merch item, mp3 downloads of all three shows and more. Word on the street is that the meet-and-greet space has some ivory keys in-house, which may prove difficult to keep some band members away from during the hour-long reception.
Take advantage of our umVIP Travel option, which includes all of the above, plus accommodations at the Radisson Blu 1919, a 4-star hotel located in the heart of Reykjavik, just a 5-minute walk to Harpa, with free high-speed wifi, that includes a daily complimentary breakfast buffet with fresh juices, fruits, and a wide variety of international and local options to help you start the day anew.
Röckjavik takes place during peak aurora borealis viewing season, so we’ve extended our hotel block and encourage guests to travel out before or after the shows to take advantage of all that the gorgeous Iceland countryside has to offer in and around the capital city. Take advantage of three, four, or five night hotel reservations to make the most of your trip. Iceland is consistently ranked amongst the most desirable places in the world to visit, and with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, glaciers, ice fields, and fjords galore, it’s easy to see why.
We hope if there’s one thing you plan on putting on your 2020 calendar right now, this is it. A ticket pre-sale and umVIP on sale will take place Wednesday, May 29th at 10am CT, with a public on sale, Friday, May 31st at 10am CT.
HARPA Conference Center
Harpa is one of Reykjavik‘s greatest and most distinguished landmarks. It is a cultural and social centre in the heart of the city and features stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the North Atlantic Ocean. Harpa is an enchanting destination for intrigued travelers and its grand-scale award-winning architecture has attracted 10 million guests since its opening, May 4, 2011.
Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre offers the best facilities for concerts and conferences in Northern Europe. Harpa was chosen one of the best concert halls of the new millennium by the prestigious music magazine Gramophone magazine and was chosen the best performance venue in 2011 by Travel & Leisure magazine.
Each year, multiple music festivals are held regularly in the building including Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik Midsummer Music, Dark Music Days, Reykjavik Arts Festival, Reykjavik Jazz Festival, Sónar Reykjavík and Tectonics. Harpa is the home of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera.
Among the international artists and musical icons that Harpa has presented are Kraftwerk, Pat Metheny, Bjork, Patti Smith, Herbie Hancock, Snarky Puppy, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Sigur Ros, Neutral Milk Hotel, Mac DeMarco, Yo La Tengo and Elvis Costello among others.
As the largest hall in Harpa, Eldborg has hosted a dazzling range of concerts and events, including some of the biggest names in world music.
Eldborg has been designed as a world-class concert hall, with state-of-the-art acoustic technology that can be adjusted to performances, conferences and lectures of all kinds. The hall’s design features make Eldborg a truly adaptable modern venue
Welcome to Iceland
Iceland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is home to a progressive and peaceful nation that has formed a modern society where freedom and equality are held in high regard. Iceland continuously ranks near the top for measurements of quality of life, gender equality, and democracy, and is one of the highest ranked countries in the world for health care, education and internet availability.
Iceland is a country of extreme geological contrasts. Widely known as “The Land of Fire and Ice,” Iceland is home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe, and some of the world’s most active volcanoes. Iceland is also the land of light and darkness. Long summer days with near 24-hours of sunshine are offset by short winter days with only a few hours of daylight.
The cornerstone of Icelandic culture is the Icelandic language, which has spawned a literary tradition that dates back to the ancient Icelandic Sagas. These are tales of violent blood feuds, traditions, family, and character. A strong literary tradition still thrives in modern Iceland. Icelandic authors publish more books per capita than any other country in the world. Iceland also boasts a prospering music scene, a burgeoning film industry, and Icelandic design is coming of age.
With a population of 120,000, Reykjavík is not a whirlwind metropolis. Few skyscrapers grace the skyline, traffic jams are rare and faces are familiar. But don't be deceived—a steady beat of energy and events keeps the city alive and pulsing with excitement.
Sunny days feel like spontaneous holidays in Reykjavík. Sunbathers and picnickers fill Austurvöllur, the green square in front of Parliament; locals and tourists alike stroll up and down Laugavegur, the main drag, shopping, stopping for coffee, and people watching. The thirsty jockey for sparse outdoor seating at bars as happy hour rolls around. Crooning buskers line the sidewalk; performance artists stage surprise acts; maybe a marching band appears from the ether. Anything can happen.
No matter if you are travelling on a budget, or opting for luxury, you will find accommodation to fit your needs in Iceland. From luxury hotels in Reykjavik, to friendly hostels or cozy campsites, you will find what you are looking for here.
what to do while in iceland?
Every day, there is an adventure waiting to happen in Iceland. With its abundance of mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, rivers, lakes, caves and otherwise rough terrain waiting to be tackled, Iceland is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, but it is also a warm and welcoming place for the rest of us.
Iceland is rugged and beautiful. And perfect for most outdoor adventures, all year round. The landscape serves as an epic backdrop to whatever activity you have in mind. But don't take our word for it. Just see for yourself.
Most people come to Iceland for nature. Big mistake. Iceland's most unrivaled treasure is the people, who are warm and friendly, and easy with a smile. Enjoy a walk around town, visit the local swimming pool, and purchase local produce, for a chance to mingle with this friendly creature.
The creative juices flow here in Iceland, just like the geothermal water. Experience music, literature, art and design in our many venues, our galleries, and our makeshift creative spaces in old factories around the country.Icelandic food is another gem, awaiting you to come and discover it.
Sustainable use of food resources is important to Iceland. "Locally grown" and "slow food" are descriptive phrases for Icelandic cuisine which is a gift that can easily keep on giving, for a whole evening.
We’ve tried to answer your most common questions below; if you can’t find your answer, feel free to reach out directly.
When do tickets go on sale? +
Röckjavik pre-sale and umVIP tickets will go on sale Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00am CST (15:00 local Reykjavik time).
General on sale begins Friday, May 31 at 10:00am CST (15:00 local Reykjavik time).
Can I buy tickets to individual shows? +
Initial on sale will be for 3-day ticket packages only. If individual day tickets remain they will be put on sale closer to the show date.
What's included in the 3-day ticket package? +
Each 3-day ticket package will include the same seat in Eldborg Hall at the Harpa Conference Center for the Umphrey's McGee shows on March 20, 21 and 22. Lodging, transportation, food and drinks are not included in the 3-day ticket package. For packages including lodging and other amenities, please refer to the umVIP section.
I have a question about the pre-sale and/or umVIP ticketing, who can I talk to? +
Any questions about the pre-sale or umVIP can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Who else is going to be at this party? +
Each night of Röckjavik will feature an opening support act hand picked by Umphrey's McGee. Expect plenty of close friends to be with us in Reykjavik for this incredible experience. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.
What about late night shows in Reykjavik? +
We are working with local venues to curate late night performances during each night of Röckjavik. These will be separately ticketed events. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.
How do I get to Reykjavik? +
From anywhere in the world, fly into Keflavik International Airport (KEF). From there it is an approximately 45-minute ride to Reykjavik. There are multiple bus companies that offer direct service from KEF to multiple stops in Reykjavik for under $20 per person. Rental cars are readily available at KEF as well as taxis.
Where should I stay? +
Reykjavik has become one of the most highly traveled destinations over the past 10 years, and there are multiple options for hotels, guesthouses and hostels within walking distance of Harpa. Visit the hotel link for the Inspired by Iceland official Icelandic Tourism Information list of accomodations and stay tuned for discounted rates at area hotels coming soon.
Will I see the Northern Lights? +
While we cannot guarantee you will see the Northern Lights, we specifically picked these dates as they fall over the new moon, meaning at night it will be as dark as it's going to get in Reykjavik. The best time to see the Northern Lights is between late September and early April during the new moon phase. Hopefully they will be dancing across the sky that weekend!