Gigs & Festivals

Sigur Rós confirm Euro tour, apologise over cancelled Bestival broadcast

By | Published on Tuesday 11 September 2012

Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós will venture beyond their native Iceland for a spell in 2013, having just confirmed a European tour. The band, whose six studio LP ‘Valtari’ is out now, will grace stages in Glasgow and Manchester, moving on to London’s Brixton Academy for a two-night finale.

Tour dates:

2 Mar: Glasgow, SECC
3 Mar: Manchester Apollo
7 Mar: London, Brixton Academy
8 Mar: London, Brixton Academy

Also topical in Sigur Rós goings on is the quartet’s apology for deciding not to broadcast their Bestival set, which took place this past weekend, via the festival’s previously mentioned YouTube channel.

Apparently, the “expansive demands” of Saturday night headliner Stevie Wonder – who played straight after Sigur Rós – meant that the band’s performance was pushed forward from its desired “darkness” slot to one in daylight, thus undermining its custom stage visuals, which were designed to be seen at night. Oh dear.

The ensuing crux of the statement reads: “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 on stage too. And to spare everyone’s blushes a decision was made to draw a discrete veil over proceedings. Sorry, but we can be so much better than what you missed. Another time, for sure”.