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The Icelanders join them at: Newport, Tredegar House (September 1,2) Copenhagen, Near Valby Hallen (7,8) Brussels, Werchter Park (11, 12) Nijmegen, Goffertpark (15, 16) Paris, Avenue Francois Mitterand Esplanade (19, 20)
Sigur Ros also play additional headline dates at: Brighton Pavilion (August 19) Edinburgh Liquid Room (22) London Union Chapel (24)
Bassist Georg Holm told nme.com that the London date would be an epic show with two sets, probably lasting over two hours: “Our album [‘Agaetis Byrjun’] has been out in Iceland for a while now, although it’s only just being released in the rest of the world now. So we will play the album in the first set, take a short break then the second set is going to be new tracks. We will also have some visuals, it’s going to be a great show, very atmospheric.”
Of ‘Agaetis Byrjun’, released in UK on Monday (August 14) through Fatcat records, Holm said: “It’s still a good album, but people will definitely see how our music has changed. It’s got better! We just want to put our new songs on record now.”
Tonight (August 9) Sigur Ros premiere a 10-minute short film to accompany their single ‘Svefn-G-Englar’ – which was directed by the man behind videos for Nirvana, Beck and Guns N Roses – on Channel 4 at 1.10am.
The film features the Perlan Theatre Company, of which Bjork is a patron. Based around a story written by the band themselves, the film features special needs actors from the company dressed as angels engaged in a mythical wrangle with the elements.
The single, which initially came out in Britain last September, is being tipped for a re-release before the end of this year.