Sigur Rós’ Jónsi and Alex Somers announce ‘Riceboy Sleeps’ anniversary tour

The new dates are in addition to a run of UK shows which will take place this summer

Sigur Rós’ Jónsi and Alex Somers have extended their special joint tour to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their joint album ‘Riceboy Sleeps’.

The duo’s ambient record was released in July 2009, consisting of nine tracks and featuring contributions from both the string quartet Amiina and the Kópavogsdætur Choir.

Jónsi and Somers have already announced their intention to perform ‘Riceboy Sleeps’ in full this year by confirming a London date in July, and they’ve now added a North American run of shows in October to accompany a wider set of UK and European gigs. The Wordless Music Orchestra and Choir, which will be conducted by Robert Ames, will join them on those dates.

“After all these years and having never fully realised our album in a live environment we are so excited to come play a few special shows,” Jónsi & Somers said in a statement. “We’ll be playing in some really beautiful rooms and we can’t wait to share this experience together.”

As well as London, the duo will also perform in Edinburgh, Gateshead and Manchester this year. You can see their full touring schedule below.

June
11 Sydney, Australia – Sydney Opera House

July
6 Paris, France – Philharmonie de Paris
8 London – The Barbican Centre
11 Edinburgh – Usher Hall
12 Gateshead – Sage Gateshead
14 Manchester – Manchester Opera

October
11 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
14 San Francisco – Golden Gate Theatre
15 Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre
18 Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
21 Chicago, IL – Copernicus Center
23 Montreal, Quebec – Théâtre Maisonneuve
25 Toronto, Ontario – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
28 Washington, D.C. – Lincoln Theatre
30 Boston, MA – The Wilbur
31 Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre

Last week, Sigur Rós announced a reissue of ‘Ágætis Byrjun (A Good Beginning)’ to celebrate its 20th anniversary.