The ice cool Icelanders organise a series of pre-release playbacks round the UK...

Sigur Ros are giving fans the chance to hear their new album ‘()’ before its release.

The album, is not released until October 28 via Fat Cat. However, there will be a series of listening parties across the UK for fans. The new album will be played in full at each party and will be synched with the band’s own visuals which form part of their new live show.

The playbacks are at: Sussex Arts Centre (October 14)

Bristol Cube (15),

Sheffield Showroom (16)

Birmingham Bar Academy (17)

Cardiff Capsule Gallery (18)

Nottingham Broadway (21)

Newcastle upon Tyne Side Gallery (22)

Glasgow Assembly & Vic Galleries (23)

Manchester Cornerhouse (24)

The record, the band’s third, is the follow-up to ‘Agaetis Byrjun’. The Icelandic group made the album at Alafoss, the group’s converted swimming pool studio just outside of Reykjavik.

It was recorded there between January and March this year and mixed at Real World in June and August, with co-producer Ken Thomas.

The 70-minute record contains eight songs, each of which is also untitled. Insiders say that the material is “rawer” than ‘Agaetis Byrjun’.

In keeping with the image of the album, the sleeve of ‘( )’ is also minimal, with the recording credits only available via the Sigur Ros website. The tracing paper CD booklet also contains only subtle designs and no text, with listeners invited to write or illustrate their own.

As previously announced, the band also tour in October. Tickets for the tour are on sale now. To buy, [url=]click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.