Iceclaw were born from a sub-glacial fissure on the Leopold and Astrid coast of Antarctica in 2011. They began finding their direction in the blinding whiteness as a 3-piece operation, using the distinct howls of the antarctic winds to create an accurate mental design of the surrounding terrain. Unfortunately by the time they reached the west coast shelf and plotted a course in which to head, the band of wanderers had reduced to only 2 members, Nick Lane (This Is Your Captain Speaking) and John Koutsogiannis (duckjuggler) who still remain as iceclaw today.

Iceclaw have spent their years exploring many sacred and spiritual realms on earth, sampling, probing, examining and analysing. The information they gather from these places is then presented as improvised sonic waveforms and blazing lights, allowing the audience the requisite conditions to delineate and explore these regions for themselves as iceclaw had done in the snow all those years ago. Although electronics, vocals and guitars form a staple instrumentation for the group they will utilise any sounds necessary to communicate coordinates and transfigure reality.

Most recently iceclaw have been touring earth’s submarine environments and exploring the first shapes, thoughts and dances of life.

Festival venues

  • Town Centre, corner Orr and McNamara St
  • Crib Lane, Little Orr St
  • The Paragon Theatre, 11 McNamara St
  • 20 Orr St
  • Queenstown Medical Union, 25 Cutten St
  • CWA Hall, 35 Cutten St
  • Cutten St Playground
  • West Coast Wilderness Railway and Tracks Cafe
  • Q Bank Gallery, 37 Orr St
  • QBar, 33 Orr St
  • Old Larq Gallery, 8 Hunter St
  • Old Evans Store, 24 Stitcht St
  • Galley Museum, 1/7 Driffield St
  • Scout Hall, 15 Bowes St
  • Queen River Footbridge
  • Passion Park, on The Esplanade
  • Penghana House, 32 Esplanade
  • Old Limestone Quarry, 9 Penghana Rd
  • Football Ground