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Ticket to Tel Aviv: Meet Hatari from Iceland

22 April 2019 at 09:00 CEST
Hatari, winner 'Söngvakeppnin 2019' RUV
With the song ‘Hatrið mun sigra', Hatari will represent Iceland this year. Hatari is set to perform 13th in the first Semi-Final on Tuesday 14 May in Tel Aviv, Israel. This is 'Ticket to Tel Aviv', our feature counting down to the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

On 2 March, 'Söngvakeppnin 2019' - the Icelandic national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest - took place in Reykjavik. Hatari won enough votes to beat the competition and became Iceland's representative with the song Hatrið mun sigra (Hate Will Prevail).

Who are Hatari?

Award-winning, anti-capitalist, BDSM, techno-dystopian, performance art collective Hatari are proud to represent Iceland at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, brought to you almost exclusively by premier, top quality, Icelandic effervescent soft drink manufacturer SodaDream.

Hatari is a political, multimedia project that aims to take the lid off the relentless, unfolding scam that is everyday life. They explain: "We cannot change things, but we can unveil the anomie of neoliberal society, the pointlessness of every minute spent in the futile race, and the low price for which man now sells himself ever more blatantly. We can scream at our own impotence, scream at our collective sleepwalk through routine, and implore our audience to unite, shoulder to shoulder, and dance. Dance, basically, or die. Hatari represent a considered reflection on hope and hopelessness, power and repression, of image, individualism, despotism, exposing the contradictions that arise when everyone is embedded within the same system and struggling to fight against it. We are Hatari. We are all Hatari."

READ MORE: Hatari's participant profile

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Hatari's song

LISTEN: Stream or download Hatrið mun sigra via your favourite music service

Watch Hatari's national final performance of Hatrið mun sigra below.

Iceland at Eurovision 2018

Last year, Iceland finished 19th in the first Semi-Final. Ari Ólafsson received 15 points for his song Our Choice.

READ MORE: Iceland's country page

Do you think Hatari will take Iceland to the Grand Final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest? Let us know in the comments!