A sixty-piece orchestra, a choir of Inuit singers from Greenland and the star dressed as a peacock - just your usual Bjork performance then...

BJORK commenced her four-month world tour at the 2,500-capacity GRAND REX theatre in PARIS last Saturday (August 18) – and NME.COM was there to see it..

The lavish production included a sixty-piece orchestra, a 15-strong choir of Inuit singers from Greenland and cult duo Matmos, who performed electronic instruments in addition to their support slot.

Bjork‘s set laid heavily on songs from her new album ‘Vespertine’, which were warmly received by the sold-out crowd, despite the album not having been released in Paris at the time of the performance.

In addition, Bjork also played a cross-section of songs from the rest of her career, including ‘Venus As A Boy’, ‘Human Behaviour’, ‘Hyperballad’, ‘Possibly Maybe’ and ‘Bachelorette’.

Bjork‘s famous avant-garde fashion sense was carried through to her stage costumes – one costume was a gown in the shape of a peacock, the other an elaborate creation made of red and black ostrich feathers. She had to be sewn into each of them before the performance.

At the aftershow in the bar of the venue, Bjork circulated with a few close friends and her 14-year-old son Sindri, who had come over to see her from his home in Iceland.

Bjork played:


‘All Is Full Of Love’



‘Generous Palmstroke’

‘It’s Not Up To You’


‘I’ve Seen It All’


‘Hidden Place’

‘You’ve Been Flirting Again’


‘Venus As A Boy’

‘Pagan Poetry’

‘Possibly Maybe’

‘The Anchor Song’




‘Our Hands’

‘Human Behaviour’

The tour reaches the UK with two gigs; one at St John Smith’s Square on August 29, and one at the English National Opera on September 23.