Gig Review: Hafdis Huld

photographed by Johan Eckerström; from

photographed by Johan Eckerström; from

Performing to scarcely more than 25 people can hardly be the biggest boost to your confidence; however, a consistently professional Hafdis Huld wasn’t daunted as her almost brash confidence infiltrated the audience to even get a few tapping their feet and waving their arms slightly.

For starters though, it’s not very often you’re impressed by a main support slot, but everybody has to start somewhere I suppose. To say the least “Tim And Sam’s Tim And The Sam Band With Tim And Sam” stood out; so much so, we grabbed front-man Tim McIver for an interview afterwards and will be combining this with a full live review of their own later on. Make sure you check back later for that. So, back to that minx of Iceland, Hafdis Huld.

Giggling about the Bar Academy and boisterously exhibiting an almost child-like innocent persona, you somehow know straight away that there’s more behind this charming lady than meets the eye. Confidently strutting on stage with a keyboardist, acoustic guitarist and a distinct lack of percussion, she opened with Dirty Paper Cup’s opener Ski Jumper. To say this was starting to feel like an intimate show is a bit of an understatement. After reeling through a few classics off Dirty Paper Cup and a couple of songs off the up-and-coming album, (a particularly memorable one about overly-controlling people as robots) she played charming new single Könguló, written about French urban-climber Alain Robert aka Human Spider (check out our interview with Hafdis as to the reasons behind writing this song). This song promises some decent material off the coming album, which we are expecting to be a much fuller and funky sounding record.

Finishing with a cover of Lou Reed’s Who Loves the Sun, an encore genuinely didn’t seem to be going to happen. But much banter and debate with the crowd and they were breaking into Fucked Up Mind – not the most encore-friendly song, but beautifully performed by Hafdis.

Overall, it has been three years since Dirty Paper Cup in 2006 and new single Könguló promises a different direction for Hafdis Huld. We know she is a very accomplished, dynamic and adaptable musician (check out her collaboration with Tricky) so we are expecting alot from her new album. At the end of the day, we are not so much dwelling upon her performance last night, but anticipating her new record.

You can catch Hafdis Huld at a few more venues on her tour; for more information and records, go to