The Walking Who wins slot in Iceland's Airwaves Festival

Wollongong band The Walking Who are on their way to Iceland after winning a national radio competition to play a music festival in the capital Reykjavik.

Wollongong band The Walking Who are on their way to Iceland after winning a national radio competition to play a music festival in the capital Reykjavik.

As the warmer weather approaches, Wollongong band The Walking Who are packing their bags for the cold, after winning a national competition to play a music festival in Iceland.

The psychedelic rock trio were crowned winners of FBI Radio's Northern Lights competition on Tuesday. Their prize includes airfares to Iceland and a slot at the Airwaves Festival alongside indie heavyweights The Flaming Lips and The Knife.

"We were thinking about going to tour in America or the UK. We didn't think Iceland would be our first international gig," laughed bassist Jay Bird.

The band were named competition co-winners alongside Melbourne DJ Lucianblomkamp, but did not rate themselves much hope of winning.

"FBI played our songs a lot and said they liked them, so we thought we may as well enter," Bird said.

"One blog gave us a 50-to-one chance of winning. I thought we had a slim chance."

Airwaves Festival begins on November 5 in Reykjavik.

Bird said the band were now making plans to use the festival as a jumping-off point to launch a tour or extended stay in Europe.

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