Icelandic band Sigur Rós will end its long-running tour in Iceland next month. Its next album is also nearing release. RÚV reports.
The band will be setting up a four-day long art festival in Harpa between Christmas and New Year‘s Eve, called Norður og niður, in which a number of both visiting and local artist will attend. The band itself will be performing in Eldborg, Harpa‘s largest concert hall, which will be the first time it performs in Iceland in five years.
Lead singer Jónsi told RÚV that they look forward to the occasion: "It will take place between Christmas and New Year‘s, which is a depressing period so it will be fun to do something different then."
Not all artists have been announced yet, although it‘s been confirmed that Jarvis Cocker, Peaches and Mogwai will be performing.
According to Jónsi, sales have already gone very well, with foreigners having purchased roughly half of the tickets.
Sigur Rós has been touring the world for the past 18 months. What surprises them the most is how well known they are. „We‘ve been performing in places we‘ve never been before, such as Kuala Lumpur, Singapour, and every time we have sold out 8000 people concerts and we never expect that,“ bassist Georg Holm said.
When the boys play in Iceland they wish to keep things as grand as abroad. "We don‘t want it to be just a fraction of what we‘ve been doing everywhere else. So there are some shipping containers on their way to Iceland and some stuff. So it‘s going to be a mega-show."
It‘s been four years since Sigur Rós‘s latest album, Kveikur, released and the band is well on its way to finishing their next one.
"We‘ve been working on songs and a new album. So maybe it‘s time for us to go ahead and finish it already."