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Sigur Ros to headline Live From Jodrell Bank Observatory

Icelandic post-rockers will play beneath the Lovell Telescope in Cheshire

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Sigur Ros have been announced as the next headliners of the Live From Jodrell Bank series.

The series see bands perform beneath the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire. Before the gig, ticket-holders will be able to take part in science experiments and workshops at the site's Discovery Centre. The band will also project visuals onto the 76 metre-long telescope – which is one of the most powerful radio telescopes in the world and has been used by astronomers to explore outer space since 1957.

The transmission will take place on Friday August 30. Tickets will go onsale on January 18 at 9am.

Elbow and The Flaming Lips have previously taken part in the events, which aim to marry science and music. For more information on the series, visit www.livefromjodrellbank.com.

Sigur Ros are set to come to the UK in March 2013 in support of their recent album 'Valtari'. It was the band's sixth release and the follow up to 2008's 'Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust' and marked an end to their short-lived "indefinite hiatus", which they announced in 2010.

To check the availability of Sigur Ros tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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