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‘Madchester’ night in Reykjavik, Iceland

Where can you see Badly Drawn Boy, Elbow and Echo And The Bunnymen on the same night?. A gig in downtown Manchester? A club in Liverpool? Not quite.

Where can you see Badly Drawn Boy, Elbow and Echo And The Bunnymen on the same night?. A gig in downtown Manchester? A club in Liverpool? Not quite.

‘Madchester’ is a unique night in Reykjavik, Iceland on Saturday 6th May 2006 to showcase the best progressive musical talent from the northwest of England. The event aims to forge closer cultural links between the Manchester area and Iceland, now linked by twice weekly Icelandair flights.

The three acts take centre stage at one of Iceland’s biggest music venues, Laugardalshollin, starting at 5.30pm - and play well into the night, supported by local talent. Tickets are available in the UK only from the Icelandair website.

Before the concert, discover the vibrant bars of Reykjavik including Kaffebarrinn, founded by Damon Albarn, and Ice Bar, where the vodka and the ambience are equally chilled. On Sunday, recover in the rejuvenating warm waters of the iconic Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, try a spot of horse riding or head out to spot whales off the Icelandic coast.

Iceland is renowned for hosting the annual Iceland Airwaves festival in October, which draws talent as varied as Bjork, The Zutons and Juliette and The Licks. ‘Madchester’, however, is a one-off music event to celebrate the new twice-weekly Icelandair service from Manchester to Iceland, launched on 7th April.

Icelandair offers entry to the concert (standing) and free entry to the exclusive after party at NASA - downtown Reykjavik’s coolest venue - from £315 per person based on twin share, including return flights from Heathrow or Glasgow, two nights bed and breakfast accommodation at three star Park Inn Island, within walking distance of the venue, and tax. Stall seating is available for an additional £35 per person. A three night package from Manchester is available from £364 per person.

Visit www.icelandair.co.uk for more information and to book.


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