The Icelandic singer becomes the first ever contemporary rock artist to play in the classy venue...

Bjork last night (December 16) became the first ever contemporary rock artist to play in the rarified environs of LONDON’s ROYAL OPERA HOUSE.

The Icelandic star, joined by a 40-piece orchestra and a choir from Greenland, as well as San Franciscan duo Matmos, played to a sell-out crowd that includedPJ Harvey. Her two-and-a-half hours set spanned her career from debut solo single ‘Human Behaviour’ to current release ‘Pagan Poetry’. She finished with a new, as yet unreleased track, entitled ‘It’s In Our Hands’, a collision of quasi-drum ‘n’ bass breakbeats and handclapping.

The performance opened with Bjork, wearing a white dress with Eskimo boots, sitting spotlit on the stage while fake snow fell on her from above. In the second half, she emerged barefoot, changed into a glittering red top with a puffball skirt made from feathers.

Among the other celebrities watching were, Mark Morriss from The Bluetones and ’80s synth popster Howard Jones.

At the end of her performance Bjork received a standing ovation.

The set list was:



‘All Is Full Of Love’



‘Generous Palmstroke’

‘An Echo A Stain’

‘Hidden Place’



‘Harm Of Will’

‘It’s Not Up To You’

‘Pagan Poetry’


‘Possibly Maybe’




First Encore

‘Human Behaviour’


‘Play Dead’

Second Encore

‘It’s In Our Hands’