October 15, 2001 13:19

SINGING SOFTLY TO ME

Erlend Øye joins CND protest the following day...

SINGING SOFTLY TO ME
KINGS OF CONVENIENCE played a brief set at the Norwegian Embassy in London on Friday (October 12) to mark the centenary of the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE.

The duo, who are themselves Norwegian, performed in front of the ambassador Tarald O Brautaset, embassy officals and representatives of groups including Amnesty International - winners of the prize in 1977.

The band's three-song set had one eye on both the current situation in New York and the ongoing air-strikes in Afghanistan, including a cover of fellow Norwegian band A-Ha's 'Manhattan Skyline' and their own 'Winning A Battle, Losing The War'.

The pair's anti-war sentiments were illustrated further on Saturday when guitarist Erlend Øye joined the CND-organised protest through central London against the US led air-strikes on Afghanistan. Kings Of Convenience have cancelled all touring and promotional work in the US "due to the unstable situation in the world".

On Thursday (October 18) the band will present a show on NME radio, airing at noon (BST).

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