Semi-finals for the I.M.E will be held on the 23.-26th of March at the Austurbær. The final night is on the 31th of March at Austurbær.
The registration for the I.M.E. starts 20th of february and ends 5th of march. Registration will only be here through our website ( called skráningarsíða in the menu on the left ). Applicants have to fill out the application form, send in two songs (mp3‘s), make a brief text/description of the band and provide a high quality digital band/artist picture.
The I.M.E has been the main venue for young & uprising bands in Iceland since 1982. The festival is in the form of three to five semi-final nights and one grand final-night. Up to 40 bands participate every year in great venues around the city, surrounded by professional staff and friendly atmosphere.
The main goal of the I.M.E. is to make way for young and uprising musicians, giving them an opportunity to perform on a professional level and even get rewarded with spectacular prices that include recording sessions, music instruments etc. Throughout the years, I.M.E. has proven to be a milestone for young and upcoming bands and is still a great venue for our evergrowing icelandic music scene. Apart from all the great companies that have supported us through the years; music stores,recording studios etc., we have had the great support from Icelandair, Rás 2 (National radio station 2) and FÍH (The association of icelandic musicians).
The participation fee 2012 is 7000 ISK.
Every year, 40-50 bands/musicians are offered a chance to perform. Hitt Húsið will select and approve the applications, based on the rules of the I.M.E. Those who will be rejected, will get their registration fee back.