Hemispheres of cool sounds

Swedish diva Robyn, shown performing at the House of Blues in Boston in July, is in the lineup for the Iceland Airwaves Festival in October. Swedish diva Robyn, shown performing at the House of Blues in Boston in July, is in the lineup for the Iceland Airwaves Festival in October. (John Blanding/Globe Staff)
By Christopher Muther
Globe Staff / August 29, 2010

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OCT. 13-17


Iceland Airwaves Festival: It only takes about four hours from Boston to reach this infamously volcanic, rocky island, but despite its nearness, Iceland Airwaves feels equivalent to being on another planet. Where else can you soak in a geothermal pool and coat your face with therapeutic mud while listening to live DJs, and there are few other musical gatherings where you can hear such a broad range of new music and established bands. Acts include Swedish diva Robyn, Moderat, Lay Low, Ditka, Hurts, and Bombay Bicycle Club. Packages, including flight, hotel, and concert tickets, start at $579 per person through Iceland Air. Prices will increase Sept. 1.

SEPT. 29-OCT. 3


Pop Montreal: Nearly 400 bands invade the city for a week of music ranging from Quebec bar bands to influential tastemakers such as Tom Tom Club. The international lineup includes the Watson Twins, Gotan Project, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, Macy Gray, Shonen Knife, the Dears, and Van Dyke Parks. Tickets to shows are sold individually.

SEPT. 12-18

KRAKOW, Poland

Sacrum Profanum: A festival that attempts to appeal to music lovers of all varieties, it features both contemporary classic music and cutting-edge pop. This year’s festival focuses on the music of Scandinavia and will feature classical ensembles from Finland, Sweden, and Norway. The classical sounds are sandwiched between a pop music program, known as Sacrum Profanum Freak, whose headliners will include Sigur Ros front man Jonsi and Mum. Tickets to concerts are sold individually.

SEPT. 17-19


Monterey Jazz Festival: The 53d edition of the well-respected festival features a set from the piano playing and crooning eye candy known as Harry Connick Jr. You can hear such royalty as Chick Corea, Dianne Reeves, Roy Hargrove, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Billy Childs, and Kenny Garrett, along with Ahmad Jamal, Angelique Kidjo, Les Nubians, Delbert McClinton, Trombone Shorty, Nellie McKay, Indo-Pak Coalition, and Septeto Nacional de Cuba. Weekend passes $110, $225; individual day passes start at $35.


NOV. 27

CANBERRA, Australia

Foreshore Summer Music Festival: As the Northern Hemisphere greets November as the beginning of long, blustery months of wintery weather, the Southern Hemisphere — specifically Canberra — prepares for summer with this event on the idyllic shores of Lake Burley Griffin. The daylong festival in the capital, about three hours from Sydney, features a mix of local and international artists. This year’s headliners include superstar DJ Tiesto, Cut Copy, Calvin Harris, and Art vs. Science. Tickets for the day are $105; purchasing early is wise.


Events are sometimes canceled, rescheduled, or sold out; check online. Christopher Muther can be reached at