April 24, 2018 | by James Greene, Jr.
Normally Laugardalsvöllur stadium in Reykjavík plays host to a handful of Icelandic football leagues and the Knattspyrnufélagið Fram sports club (another footie org that also does some handball). Sports will step aside July 24, however, when the lumbering sleaze carnival known as Guns N' Roses plays Laugardalsvöllur in what some are already claiming will be the largest concert in Icelandic history.
Let's hope the band still has an appetite for construction — it's going to take a full week to make the stadium concert ready, and GNR will arrive with a staff of approximately 150 plus 35 shipping containers holding their gear.
Laugardalsvöllur has a max capacity of 15,000, but there have been instances where they've squeezed in more bodies. Just over 20,000 football fans showed up in 2004 to set an attendance record for a game between Iceland and Italy's national teams. Iceland won that match, 2-0.
Guns N' Roses are certainly hoping to at least top Justin Timberlake, who drew 17,000 Icelanders in 2014 when he performed at the sports hall Kórinn in Kópavogur. FYI, It took 500 people to help organize Timberlake's Kórinn gig, and the former NSYNCer is said to have arrived with only four shipping containers of equipment. JT, travelin' light!
Tickets for GNR's Reykjavík gig, which will be massive and memorable no matter what the final audience numbers say, go on sale May 1 and start at the shockingly reasonable price of 18.9 Icelandic Króna ($19 USD). You can buy 'em at www.show.is, which features a handy countdown clock to this capitalist armageddon.
If you have any trouble securing entry, just remember to use your illusion.