FM Belfast

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FM Belfast
Origin Reykjavík, Iceland
Genres Electronic Dance Music
Electro-Pop
Years active 2005–present
Labels World Champion Records, Records Records (IS)
Associated acts Múm
Kasper Bjørke
Borko
Retro Stefson
Website www.fmbelfast.com
Members Lóa Hlín Hjálmtýsdóttir
Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson (Plúseinn)
Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason
Egill Eyjólfsson
Ívar Pétur Kjartansson.
Past members
Árni Vilhjálmsson

FM Belfast is an electro-pop band from Reykjavík, Iceland. Its members include Lóa Hlín Hjálmtýsdóttir, Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson, Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason, Egill Eyjólfsson and Ívar Pétur Kjartansson. [1]

History[edit]

FM Belfast formed in late 2005 as a duo with Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson (Plúseinn) and Lóa Hlín Hjálmtýsdóttir. The band was a studio project for some time until the Iceland Airwaves festival 2006 when the band expanded into a full-on live act. The members now vary from 3 to 8 depending on member availability. The core of the band is made up of Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson (Plúseinn, Hairdoctor, Motion Boys), Lóa Hlín Hjálmtýsdóttir, Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason (múm, Borko, Skakkamanage), Egill Eyjólfsson, and Ívar Pétur Kjartansson. They are joined sometimes by Sveinbjorn Hermann Pálsson (Terrordisco), Björn Kristjánsson (Borko, Skakkamanage), Birgitta Birgisdóttir and Eiríkur Orri (múm, Kira Kira, Benni Hemm Hemm).

The band began in 2005 with just Lóa and Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson but didn't really get going properly until Árni Vilhjálmsson and Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason joined.[2]

Andri Snær Magnason, three-time recipient of the Icelandic Literary Prize, says he has to attend a FM Belfast concert at least once every six months, according to doctor's orders. It is worth mentioning that Andri Snær is not a doctor, but his father is a doctor; his grandfather was a doctor; his sister is no less than a neurosurgeon! Should we, the common, soot-stained masses, doubt the professional medical advice of an entire family?

The band's live show often features many percussionists, among them are Sveinbjörn Pálsson, Björn Kristjánsson (Borko), Halli Civelek, Svanhvít Tryggvadóttir, Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson (Retro Stefson) and Þórður jörundsson (Retro Stefson).[3]

Their first album was recorded in New York and Iceland, with the group recording, mixing, and mastering it, and creating the album artwork themselves.[2]

Árni Vilhjálmsson has since left FM Belfast.

Watt En Schlick 2016

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • How to Make Friends (2008)
  • Don't Want to Sleep (2011)
  • Brighter Days (2014)
  • Island Broadcast (2017)

Singles[edit]

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