Sigur Ros issue apology for their Bestival set, which they call ‘a miserable experience’

The Icelandic band were dismayed after their set was moved forward to accommodate Stevie Wonder

Sigur Ros have called their Bestival set “a miserable experience” and have hit out at the festival’s organisers after they failed to meet their demands.

The Icelandic band performed before headliner Stevie Wonder on Sunday (September 9) and had asked organisers to guarantee that they would perform in darkness. But, due to Wonder’s requests, they were forced to perform in daylight, something that clearly upset them.

As a result of this and “a perfect storm of production issues and technical problems”, the band also decided that they did not wish to have their set streamed online, as all the other sets over the weekend had been. They have issued a statement apologising for this.


Their statement reads as follows: “Sigur Rós would like to apologise to anyone disappointed not to see the band’s Bestival performance live online last night. Early in the day a decision had been made to delay broadcast till after the show to give the band a chance to review the footage ahead of webcast, since they were dismayed that their guaranteed ‘darkness’ slot had been pushed into daylight by the expansive demands of the headliner.”

They continued: “The band’s only UK show of the year, this would-be highlight of the 2012 calendar, would have to be conducted without proper lights or visuals. Sadly then, a perfect storm of production issues and technical problems conspired to mean that the band went on to have a thoroughly miserable experience onstage too. And to spare everyone’s blushes a decision was made to draw a discrete veil over proceedings.”

Yesterday (September 10), Sigur Ros announced a full UK tour for March next year.

The Icelandic band, who released their new album ‘Valtari’ in May, will play five shows on the tour.

The dates begin at Glasgow SECC on March 2 and end on March 8, when the band play the second of two dates at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. They will also play gigs at Manchester’s O2 Apollo and Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

‘Valtari’ is the sixth release from the Icelandic band and the follow up to 2008’s ‘Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust’, marking an end to their short-lived “indefinite hiatus”.


The run of UK dates is part of a full European tour which will also see the band visit Portugal, Italy, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and France. The band are also booked to tour Australia later this year.

Sigur Ros will play:

Glasgow SECC (March 2)
O2 Apollo Manchester (3)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (5)
O2 Academy Brixton (7, 8)

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