The Big Chill

Flo Morrissey takes us on an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves.

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Jesus, Flo Morrissey, and some very nice mood lighting
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For 20-year-old musician Flo Morrissey, 2015 has been a year of firsts. Her debut album, Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful, dropped this summer on Glassnote Records, and since then the London-born singer-songwriter has been traveling the world performing her ethereal, folksy tracks for a fan base that's growing as quickly as her air miles account. She already has plenty of impressive tour stops under her belt—she's played everywhere from Paris to Portland to Montreal in just a few months—but Morrissey says her latest gig at Iceland Airwaves in Reykjavik was easily the most epic thus far. "I had such high expectations of Iceland because of their musical history, with artists like Björk and Sigur Rós," she says. "The people were so friendly, and the experience definitely exceeded my expectations." And, even though she was technically in Reykjavik to perform, she still managed to check off (almost) everything on her travel to-do list.

Flo Morrissey at the Blue Lagoon
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She was only in town for 24 hours, but Morrissey says she made them count. "I went straight from the plane to the Blue Lagoon, even before dropping off my bags," she recalls, with a laugh. After that? Straight to rehearsal. Her gig was at an unlikely location: the Fríkirkjan, a Lutheran church near the center of town that's more than a century old. "Sometimes performing at a church can feel quite serious," she says, "but I thought the atmosphere worked with my music."

Soaking up the Icelandic landscape: miles of green with volcanoes peeking out in the distance

Although Morrissey had already played a handful of music festivals this year, including Glastonbury, Iceland Airwaves was unique. "Unlike most music festivals, it felt like the people here really wanted to come see you," she explains. "They had done their research and gone out of their way."

A laid-back pre-show rehearsal at Fríkirkjan church

Morrissey's certainly one worth seeking out. She's been compared to musical unicorns such as Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom, and Devendra Banhart, but her gorgeous brand of stripped-down folk-rock feels entirely new. Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful is the culmination of five years of work, and this long process—which makes up a quarter of her life!—makes performing all the more special. "I've been with these songs for so long, and to have them finally out is what I've been working toward," she says. "I'm trying not to get too caught up in the moment and just enjoy, instead."

One last photo outside the venue—before setting off on her next adventure
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