as sigur rós revealed in yesterday’s live q&a, the band is currently in a studio in los angeles mixing a new album, due for release in 2013. more details to come soon.
answering questions from fans, sigur rós also confirmed that kjartan has departed from the band: “yes he has left the band. he said he spent half his life in the band and it was time to do something different. (…) he wanted to do other kinds of music. good for him.”
the band also revealed a short preview of the new album and upcoming tour:
sigur rós will participate in a reddit ama live q&a session with fans at 3pm est (noon pst, 8pm gmt) tomorrow, jan 24. as is implicit in the name you will be able to log-on to the news and entertainment site and ask the band whatever you want, on the understanding that they will do their best to answer honestly. the now three-piece band will be live online talking direct to you from the recording studio in los angeles where they are presently working on new material, for around an hour. they are also planning a brief glimpse into their near future with a video clip of new material scheduled to go live simultaneously.
edit: the full q&a is available to read here: http://redd.it/177fzp. some hightlights are below.
in addition to the announced european and north american tour dates throughout early 2013, there is also an extensive series of dates across asia and europe from may 2013 onwards.
on may 10th, sigur rós pay their first visit to indonesia – before continuing to japan and south korea. following on from this there will be a series of summer festival appearances across europe; germany, the netherlands, poland, switzerland, united kingdom, denmark, finland, czech republic and latvia. full details are on our tour page – keep an eye on that page too for any updates or potential additional concert announcements.
in the new year, all 16 valtari films will be collected together on blu-ray / dvd and download for release as the valtari film experiment. the release will include all 14 films commissioned by the band, alongside the two winning entries from the parallel public competition, plus three additional making-of features. released february 11th in europe (dvd/blu-ray/download) and march 15th in north america (dvd/download).
(feat. ekki múkk, valtari, rembihnútur & varúð)
|3||ég anda||ragnar kjartansson|
|4||ekki múkk||nicholas abrahams|
(feat. dauðalogn & varúð)
|7||seraph||dash shaw/john cameron mitchell
(feat. rembihnútur & ekki múkk)
|9||rembihnútur||arni & kinski|
|10||fjögur pínó||alma har’el|
|11||ég anda||ramin bahrani|
|14||dauðalogn||henry jun wah lee|
|15||fjögur pínó||anafelle liu|
to celebrate the opening of the new webstore, we’ve taken 20% off everything in the shop that pre-dates the current album valtari for any orders made by fri dec 7th. the only thing this doesn’t include is music, the rest is open season.
merchandise from ágætis byrjun, ( ), takk.., heima, með suð, jónsi and jónsi & alex is all available now with the discount.
promo code: SIGURMAS
- enter the promo code in the cart BEFORE checkout
- click to validate the code on the link that appears
- you will see the amount discounted in the cart summary before you check out.
on the weekend of december 7-9, dozens of screenings of the valtari film experiment will take place worldwide in all seven continents. the valtari film experiment program collects 16 commissioned “official” and fan-created short films created to coincide with the album valtari. read more & apply for consideration to host your own screening here.
in september, sigur rós invited filmmakers and fans to create an original video for one of the tracks from their new album valtari, to be included in their official mystery film experiment showcase. in keeping with the mystery film experiment concept, the brief was completely open for entrants to take inspiration from the world around them to devise and execute a masterpiece.
the band went over all the film entries and were astounded by many of the films:
almost one thousand people (or rather, one thousand teams of people) have poured theirs hearts and souls into a bewildering variety of films that has frankly threatened to overwhelm us. wow! people have entered from all corners of the globe, inspiring us with so many and varied interpretations of the band’s music. and, without wanting to get too dewy-eyed, it really has been a humbling experience. thank you one and all for your truly amazing efforts.
everyone always says it’s hard judging stuff, but 834 films?! it’s safe to say this has been a difficult and at times divisive exercise. so much artistic endeavour! it’s impressive and not a little bewildering. but, watching in shifts, each and every film was eventually adjudged and a shortlist drawn up.
overall winner – fjögur pínó by anafelle liu, dio lau and ken ngan
people’s choice winner – dauðalogn by ruslan fedetow
on the 12th of october in london, there will be a valtari mystery film experiment screening taking place in the bfi southbank cinema as part of the bfi london film festival.
for their most recent album, valtari, sigur rós gave a dozen filmmakers the same budget and an open creative brief to interpret their music. the results so far have been by turns surprising, elegiac and uplifting slices of cinema from such directing talent as alma har’el, ramin bahrani and ryan mcginley. we are delighted to be premiering a number of brand-new videos in the series from filmmakers including floria sigismondi and john cameron mitchell as well as showing the existing videos on the big screen and speaking to the some of the talent behind this most poetic of film experiments.
we’ll have more information about the nature of the evening in due course.
tickets are available now for bfi members and from the 24th of september for the general public. more details are available here.
sigur rós are inviting film makers and video directors to create an original video for one of the tracks from their new album valtari. in keeping with the mystery film experiment concept, the brief is completely open for entrants to take inspiration from the world around them to devise and execute a masterpiece.
voting is open from september 12th until september 18th.
the winning video selected by the band will receive an official place – alongside all the other creative artists and directors – in the mystery film experiment pantheon showcased on the front page of sigur-ros.co.uk. additionally, the winning film maker/director will receive $5,000 cash prize.
the highest voted film maker/director will have their video featured across sigur rós youtube and social media channels, as well as receive a free merch package signed by the band.
update: the voting element of the competition is now over, for the next phase the band will chose their favourite for the overall winner.
sigur rós follow up their run of summer festivals by announcing their first headline tour since 2008 for uk/europe in february/march 2013. the 15-date run will see the band take the stage alongside all the additional players and expanded brass and string sections of the summer shows. this time, however, they will be incorporated into a completely new show, which also comes with the potent promise of brand new material, post-dating even this year’s ambient-leaning ‘valtari’ album.
“you are limited to what you can accomplish with the 20-minute changeovers and all other constraints of a festival,” says bassist georg holm. “to us, this summer’s really been one long warm-up for what’s to come.”
there are rumblings from within the band of a “hard left turn” in terms of what these changes might constitute. suffice to say, for now it’s set to be a compelling ‘watch this space’ scenario.
15 dates are in portugal, italy, the netherlands, germany, switzerland, belgium, france and the united kingdom. we’ll have details on general ticket sales soon, but to find out about the fan presale – make sure you are on our mailling list, you can sign up by clicking on “presale info” here
last night sigur rós stepped on stage for the first time in four years, at the mann center in philadelphia. the 11 piece live band will be touring four continents over the next few months, at summer festivals and headlining shows. check out the tour dates here. you can read what others are saying about the shows on the review pages, where we encourage you to leave any thoughts/reviews you might have about the show.
sigur-ros.co.uk were in attendance of the tour rehearsals and last night’s show. we filmed some snippets and moments that caught our eye:
philadelphia, july 29th setlist:
- ekki múkk
- ný batterí
- í gær
- viðrar vel til loftárása
- med blóðnasir
- olsen olsen
philadelphia, july 30th setlist:
- ekki múkk
- ný batterí
- í gær
- viðrar vel til loftárása
- med blóðnasir
- olsen olsen
the fourth instalment of the “valtari mystery film experiment” is by icelandic directors arni & kinski. their video for rembihnútur focuses on meditation:
the much needed changes in the world will happen through changes within each and every one of us. we all want and need love. this film is a celebration of sigur rós’s music and the benefit it is having in the elevation of consciousness that is happening with humankind. people are finding strength in love, care, and respect for themselves, each other, and the world we live in.
more information is here
as part of our mystery film experiment video series, we are inviting film makers and video directors to create an original video for one of the tracks from valtari.
the brief is completely open and the winning video will receive an official place – alongside all the other creative artists and directors – in the mystery film experiment pantheon showcased on the front page of our site. additionally, the winning film maker/director will receive a $5,000 cash prize.
sigur rós have given a dozen film makers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from the band’s forthcoming album. the idea is to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom. among the filmmakers are ramin bahrani, alma har’el and john cameron mitchell. the first video, by ragnar kjartansson, is a video for ‘ég anda’ (i breathe). more videos will be released over the forthcoming months.
further details are on the valtari videos page.
this thursday, may 17th, there’ll be a global ‘valtari’ listening party. at 7pm in each time zone around the world, fans can listen to a stream of the album here on our website. using the #valtarihour tag, fans are invited to tweet and post photos to instagram of their own listening parties!
in conjunction with our own online listening party, at the same time (7pm local time) there will be a series of broadcasts of the album on a variety of radio stations in the the united states as well as in-store plays at record shops. we’ll have more details of them in advance of the valtari hour.
sigur rós have been confirmed as headliners of the year’s iceland airwaves festival. the band last played at the festival in 2001 and last played in iceland in 2008. the concert takes place in the laugardalshöll arena on sunday november the 4th,
tickets go on sale on may 16th via midi.is, there will also be an allocation to iceland airwaves ticket holders – full details is available on the concert page for the event, or on the icelandairwaves.is website. note that there is special offers for those who have already bought their iceland airwaves 2012 ticket.
a quick note to let you know that we’ve joined instagram and will be posting some random things there regularly from now on. if you don’t have instagram you can follow the posts on our tumblr page if you’d like:
celebrating record store day 2012, sigur rós released two limited vinyl pressings last saturday to independently owned record stores in europe and north america: ekki múkk 10″ single in europe, and hvarf/heim double lp in north america.
in addition to the osheaga date that was announced a few weeks back, sigur rós will perform a series of solo and festival shows in the united states and canada.
- the mann, philadelphia: july 30th
- prospect park, brooklyn, nyc: july 31st
- echo beach, toronto: august 1st
- lollapalooza, chicago: august 4th-5th
- paramount, seattle: august 8th
- edgefield, portland: august 9th
- hollywood forever cemetery, los angeles: august 12th
a full list of the announced worldwide shows are available on our tour page
several more dates have been announced for europe in august and september.
- rock en seine, paris: august 24th
- paradiso, amsterdam: august 28th
- paradiso, amsterdam: august 29th
- krizanke, ljubljana: september 5th
- berlin festival, germany: september 7th
information & ticketing details are available on the pages above or on the tour schedule page.
another tour date for the 2012 has been announced, on the 31st of august sigur rós will headline the friday night of the electric picnic festival in stradbally, county laois in ireland. tickets for the festival are on sale – information about the event is on the tour page.
six more festival performances have been added to the 2012 tour schedule:
- summer sonic, japan: august 18th
- summer sonic, japan: august 19th
- winterthur music festival, switzerland: august 25th
- a perfect day festival, italy: september 2nd
- bestival, england: september 9th (already announced)
- sacrum profanum festival, poland: september 16th
- sacrum profanum festival, poland: september 17th
full information about the festivals as well as ticket information available via our tour page. more announcements will come soon!
after a break of over three years, sigur rós are going to be touring again in 2012.
this morning we’re delighted to announce that on the 9th of september, sigur rós will play at bestival festival on the isle of wight in england. it’ll be their only show in the uk in 2012. information about the festival and tickets are available via our tour page.
we’ll be announcing more tour dates soon – sign up to our mailing list below to get the news first.
credo, by kjartan, will receive its canadian premiere on the 1st of february at the “new music festival” that takes places in winnipeg.
the piece will be performed by the winnipeg symphony orchestra as part of the festivals “icelandia” night, along with pieces by nico muhly, daníel bjarnason, valgeir sigurðsson.
for those going to the “icelandia” event, there will be a pre-concert q+a with muhly, bjarnason & sigurðsson as well as a performance of three sigur rós songs; “von”, “hoppípolla” and “andvari” by brandon university new music ensemble. information on that event is available here.