Hailing from Reykjaík, Iceland, Sigur Rós are a post-rock band, most known for their ethereal sound. The name for the band came from frontman Jónsi Birgisson's younger sister, Sigurrós Elín. The other members of the band include Georg Hólm on bass and Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson on drums. Since the group formed in 1994, they have released eight albums.
Sigur Rós are renowned for their use of atmosphere and sound in their music. Vonlenska is a non-literal language that the group created for use in many of their songs.
Their band has provided music for The Simpsons, Game of Thrones, and The Vampire Diaries among other TV shows and movies.
Valtari, released in 2012, has been described as "an avalanche in slow motion." With it's release, Sigur Rós commissioned fifteen artists to take their songs from the album and interpret the music however they wish into a video. "We never meant our music to come with a pre-programmed emotional response. We don't want to tell anyone how to feel and what to take from it. With the films, we have literally no idea what the directors are going to come back with. None of them know what the others are doing, so hopefully it could be interesting." The idea was to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom. Inga Birgisdóttir is featured here.
When Kveikur was released in 2013, it was something no one had expected from Sigur Rós. "For too long... Sigur Rós have been making music to cry to, to make love to, to meditate or pray or wind down to, music for lonely walks or misty hikes, for sunrise and sunset and solstice, for children to sleep to and people to wake up to, music to sift into the background, unobtrusive, a wallpaper for the postcard Iceland, beautiful but safe. Well, here's the flipside, that long Scandinavian winter of frostbite and storms, of frozen rock and suicides, the Northern Lights cast overhead not dancing but shivering, particles undulating sinisterly against blackened skies and all the better for it."
“Every time you go on tour you want it to be different… and every time it is, usually because you have a new album you want to play people. And that can be fun, because you have to work out how to recreate all the complicated stuff you did in the studio for the stage. But there was a time when things were the other way round, when we worked stuff out on the road, and trying to capture lightning in a bottle was a problem for the studio later on. This time, in addition to playing songs you know, we wanted to remember the seat-of-your-pants feeling experienced in the wake of, Ágætis Byrjun, when for two years we formed and re-formed the songs that would go on to be the ( ) album, live in front of people, night after night. With this in mind, we are pleased to announce that we are playing festivals next summer in the spirit of adventure. All we can say right now is it’s going to be different, with new unreleased songs, a new show and maybe some other new things. Beyond that, we can only ask you to trust us on this one.” – Sigur Rós
JUN 4 Primavera Sound
JUN 16 Bergenfest
JUN 18 Northside Festival
JUL 1 Open’er Festival
JUL 3 Stereoleto Festival
St. Petersburg, Russia
JUL 8 Pohoda Festival
Sigur Rós, 1994-2016
Images from http://sigur-ros.co.uk/tour/photos/