Iceland’s Daði Freyr is gearing up for a big concert in Philadelphia in a few days. Writing on Twitter, he warned his American fans that they “better get ready because it’s about to get real hot and steamy! Moist even!”
The 800-seat gig — part of his Fabulous, Wonderful & Nice Tour — will take place in the theatre of Living Arts (TLA) on Saturday 17 September. A limited number of tickets are still available.
But trans-Atlantic travel isn’t the only exciting thing that’s been on the Eurovision alum’s agenda.
On August 27, Norwegian Cruise Line held a christening ceremony for its newest ship, the Norwegian Prima, which is the first ever major cruise ship to be launched from Iceland’s capital Reykjavik. The ceremony featured a live performance from headliner Katy Perry.
Given the historic occasion, the cruise line also invited Iceland’s Daði Freyr. He made sure the crowd of more than 2,500 guests was sufficiently warmed up for the American Grammy winner.
You can catch a quick glimpse of the Icelandic icon at 1:12 above.
According to the program, the Daði og Gagnamagnið frontman performed a selection of songs in Icelandic and English, including “Think About Things”, his band’s 2020 Eurovision entry that unfortunately never made it to the Eurovision stage due to the pandemic, and “Endurtaka mig” (Daði Freyr ft. Blær), an Icelandic-language track from his 2019 album “& Co.”
However, it is unclear whether Daði performed his 2021 Eurovision entry “10 Years”, though the performance unsurprisingly featured his band’s iconic Nintendo-style, lo-fi graphics on a backdrop.
After Daði Freyr’s performance, American singer Katy Perry also took to the stage to perform several of her greatest hits (“California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Roar,” and “Firework”), in addition to officially christening the ship with a ceremonial breaking of a champagne bottle across the ship’s hull, a tradition that is thought to bring good luck to both the ship and her crew. The ceremony also featured performances from Daði’s fellow Icelandic artists, Olafur Eliasson and Bríet.
Besides sharing on Twitter that he was “unreasonably excited to see Katy Perry on a cruise ship tonight”, Daði also seems to have made time to relax on the massive cruise ship itself before and after his performance, as he lounged on a pool deck with some friends and showed off his sense of humor, pretending to be a fan spotting the Icelandic singer and mispronouncing his name as “Daddy Fryer”.
Do you think Daði and his band plan to perform on more cruises any time soon? Should Iceland’s next national final take place on the ocean? Let us know in the comments below.