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permalink sigur rós receive lovie award
24 November 2014

as we celebrate 15 years online, sigur rós is proud to be named artist of the year at the 2014 lovie awards, a pan-european award that recognises excellence in online content.

from lovieawards.eu:

logo-largeThe Lovie Awards is thrilled to honour Sigur Ros with a Lovie Artist of the Year Award in recognition of their staggering success online in keeping fans engaged and bringing them exclusive access to everything in the Sigur Ros world. Demonstrating a deep understanding of the very DNA of the Web itself, Sigur Ros’ beautiful interactive video for #Stormur – in which they crowdsourced fans’ video content from Instagram in order to debut the music video for the song online — Sigur Ros is paving the way for artists around the world. This alongside with fan Q+’A’s hosted on Reddit, Sigur Ros’s impact on music and Web culture is undeniable, proof of their unwavering appreciation for their fans and their embrace of online culture as a whole.

thank you lovies, we are blushing!


permalink sigur rós appear on game of thrones
14 April 2014

sigur rós appeared in tonight’s episode of game of thrones (‘the lion and the rose’), performing at joffrey’s wedding ceremony (much to the groom’s delight). the band recorded their own version of the game of thrones song “the rains of castamere” for the episode. you can listen to the band’s take on the song below.

the rains of castamere is now availably to buy on itunes.


permalink new work by kjartan sveinsson & collaborator ragnar kjartansson
18 February 2014

kjartan sveinsson showcases his most ambitious musical work since leaving sigur rós in the shape of a collaborative theatre-set piece with iceland’s foremost contemporary artist, ragnar kjartansson. der klang der offenbarung des göttlichen (the explosive sonics of divinity) has its world premiere at berlin’s volksbühne theatre tomorrow (feb 19), with further performances set for thursday (20), feb 28 and mar 1 and 16.

inspired by the novel world light by nobel laureate icelandic writer halldor laxness, the piece features kjartan’s compositions in place of actors speaking lines, its series of stage paintings from ragnar said to represent “an over-romantic symphony of tableau vivants”. the music will be conducted by david thor jonsson and performed by the 40-piece film orchestra babelsberg and 16-strong berlin film choir.

this is the fourth time kjartan has collaborated with the hugely-feted kjartansson, his role seemingly increasing with each passing*. so, if you want to see what kjartan accomplishes when unbound by the fetters of a rock band, get yourself along to volksbühne tomorrow, the next day or late next week and see for yourself.

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*previous collaborations include a continuous musical performance of a kjartan brass arrangement, entitled ss hangover, at 2013’s 55th venice biennale, the visitors (2012), and the autobiographical take me here by the dishwasher (2011).


permalink knights of illumination award
15 October 2013

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15 months into the tour and every day people are still saying amazing things about the show. while this is hugely gratifying for the band, it’s about time a whole lot of the credit went to the other people who make it happen day in, day out.

so, it is entirely appropriate that this very week the sigur ros show won best lighting and best video at the ‘knights of illumination‘ awards in London. step forward, sarah hopper and damian hale, who realised all the amazing visuals that grace our stage; and bruno poet, who designed a lighting show that is at once both subtly nuanced and awesomely powerful. To be straight up here, there are only four awards covering all “concerts and events”, and our team won two of them. one of the other went to the olympics. blimey. anyway, bruno, you might know since he first worked with the team on jonsi’s highly-praised solo show in 2010. sarah has worked on the band’s artwork and design since 2007’s ‘heima’. damian is a fantastic new addition to the team, courtesy of third company.

In this specific context, we’d also like to thank matts daw & pitman who run the lights every day, and ray gwilliams who looks after video, as well as christian krupa, who assisted in programming. we’d also like to thank the british film institute who facilitated fantastic access to their archive. everyone else who makes the sigur ros show as close to stunning as possible every day are also very, very much appreciated, but right now we are here to salute three new knights of the illimunati. congratulations one and all.

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permalink sigur rós play hrafntinna underground in paris
23 September 2013

as part of la blogothèque‘s empty space series, sigur rós perform hrafntinna somewhere under paris.

watch all recent and archived sigur rós videos on our videos page.


permalink live stream from itunes festival
29 August 2013

sigur rós itunes festival live stream


permalink your #stormur interactive music video
6 August 2013

sigur rós - your #stormur

we have launched a live interactive video experience made by you, our fans, at stormur.sigur-ros.co.uk. check it out, and if you happen to have instagram we encourage you to contribute a moment from your own life that you feel resonates with the music. thank you!


permalink boiler room tv dj set
25 June 2013

tomorrow, june 26th, sigur rós will perform a dj set (of sorts) for boilerroom.tv. the event will be broadcast live from berlin and the sigur rós portion of the evening starts at 23:00 cest (22:00 london, 17:00 nyc, 14:00 los angeles, 06:00 tokyo). here is a bit more information about the event

a word – and perhaps a warning – about sigur ros & friends ‘triple nipple’ boiler room dj set tomorrow. this is not going to be wall-to-wall, hair-tossing post-rock. there will be no glacial soundscapes of awesome dimensions. neither warm bubble baths of yoga wind-down muzak. (or any of the other enduring cliches about sigur ros). instead triple nipple represents what sigur ros do when they are off-duty – you know, for fun. some of it may be tough, cool and futuristic, some of it will no doubt be high-aroma fromage. most of the cool stuff comes courtesy of sigrun jonsdottir, the band’s trombone-wielding authority on baltimore club. guitarist kjartan holm, meanwhile, pitches in with some minimal hip-hop, orri with some dubstep and, yes, you’ve guessed it, jonsi brings the extensive cheeseboard. no-one involved lays claim to be able to mix, even remotely. this is how sigur ros get down and unwind in the dressing room and on the tour bus after a show. if you’d like a window on their world, come on in. if you are expecting a mystique enhancing exercise of deep solipsism, look away now.

sigur rós boiler room dj set


permalink kveikur live 360° webcast
19 June 2013

kveikur live 360° webcast

to celebrate the release of their new album kveikur, sigur rós played a selection of songs from the record live during a special 360° interactive webcast from dresden, germany. fans can take control of the 360° cameras and watch the show from whichever angle they choose.


permalink kveikur released worldwide
18 June 2013

sigur rós - kveikur

kveikur has been released around the world over the last few days, with today seeing the release in north america. the album is available in multiple formats: digital, cd, double vinyl and expanded vinyl.

to celebrate the release we have two mini-sites:

kveikur.sigur-ros.co.uk: we are curious to know what you feel, see and imagine when you listen to kveikur. we know everyone has their own ideas of what the music might be about, so we have launched a new site on kveikur.sigur-ros.co.uk where we invite you to share your photos, drawings, videos and more to your socials with the hashtag #kveikur. it’ll be exciting to see what emerges!

“as a band we always write the music first and listen to it later to work out what it might be about. that’s how we come up with the words, by approaching the music without preconceptions and seeking meaning that was hidden from us at the point of creation. the music tells us what it is about.” – georg

sigur-ros.co.uk/kveikurlive360/: “to celebrate the release of their new album kveikur, sigur rós will play a selection of songs from the record live during a special 360° interactive webcast from dresden, germany. during the show fans will be able to take control of the 360 cameras and watch the show from whichever angle they choose.”


permalink listen to the title track from kveikur
6 June 2013


folks in germany, austria and switzerland unable to play the above can watch through vimeo

the accompanying video features visuals from the band’s live show, with original material as well as re-purposed archival footage from the BFI archive.

kveikur is released worldwide june 17th (18th in north america) and can be pre-ordered directly from the band or from itunes / amazon


permalink sigur rós scores an upcoming episode of ‘the simpsons’
4 May 2013

sigur rós on 'the simpsons'

sigur rós have scored part of an upcoming episode of the simpsons. the episode, which will feature new, original music by sigur rós, as well as their take on the simpsons’ theme song, will air on may 19th. in the episode, entitled “the saga of carl,” homer, moe, lenny, and carl team up to buy a winning lottery ticket, but after carl snags the ticket and flees to his home country of iceland, the guys head there in hot pursuit. the band’s music scores homer’s visit to iceland, marking an unprecedented musical collaboration between the show and a band; with this episode, sigur rós have written and performed more original music for the simpsons than any other outside band in the show’s history.

says simpsons creator matt groening, “i’m a longtime fan of sigur rós, and we’re honored to bring their icelandic, ambient moods to our goofy cartoon show.”


permalink listen to new single ísjaki
25 April 2013

the new single ísjaki from the album kveikur can now be listened to here, in our first ever lyric video:


folks in germany, austria and switzerland unable to play the above can watch through vimeo

kveikur is released worldwide june 17th (18th in north america) and can now be pre-ordered on itunes. pre-orders on itunes come with an immediate download of ísjaki.


permalink brennisteinn
22 March 2013


folks in germany, austria and switzerland unable to play the above can watch through vimeo

directed by andrew huang. taken from the forthcoming album kveikur.


permalink new album kveikur out june 17/18
22 March 2013

sigur rós - kveikur

we are happy to announce that our new album kveikur will be released worldwide on june 17th (18th in north america). the self-produced album contains nine tracks and is our first as a trio.

info / preorder: www.sigur-ros.co.uk/kveikur


permalink bits and bobs on tumblr
23 February 2013

this week on the band’s tumblr we’re releasing glimpses of new live artwork in the form of animated gifs, as well as a look back at some rare live material from the vault you’ve probably not seen before.

if you’re into that sort of of thing, have a look at sigurros.tumblr.com.


permalink new year, new tour, new music
12 February 2013

2013 promises to be an interesting year in the sigur rós universe. having started 2012 with the ambient-leaning and largely-untourable valtari album, they closed with a hometown show in reykjavík hinting at broad changes to come. playing the new song brennisteinn with valtari still very much in the air, the band put a marker in the ground for how their world might look as a newly-forged three-piece (without departing keyboard player kjartan sveinsson).

now, on the cusp of 2013 touring, the sigur rós are – as we write – in portugal rehearsing more new material to be unveiled across europe, the usa and south east asia. coming to a show is the only way you’re going to experience this stuff outside crappy youtube clips in the coming months. you know what to do.

matched to this is a new show looking to eclipse the band’s previous high-water marks of live presentation. new visuals, new lights and new stage set, and not forgetting a new player (welcome ingrid on viola). plus, of course, the new songs.

oh, and we are excited to announce that supporting on all european dates is the excellent blanck mass and in north america, tim hecker (dc – ottawa) and oneohtrix point never (toronto – sta barbara).

below is a preview of what to expect in 2013, featuring an (extended) snippet of new studio material.


permalink new album coming in 2013
25 January 2013

as sigur rós revealed in yesterday’s live q&a, the band is currently in a studio in los angeles mixing a new album, due for release in 2013. more details to come soon.

answering questions from fans, sigur rós also confirmed that kjartan has departed from the band: “yes he has left the band. he said he spent half his life in the band and it was time to do something different. (…) he wanted to do other kinds of music. good for him.”

the band also revealed a short preview of the new album and upcoming tour:


permalink i am sigur rós ask me anything
23 January 2013

sigur rós will participate in a reddit ama live q&a session with fans at 3pm est (noon pst, 8pm gmt) tomorrow, jan 24. as is implicit in the name you will be able to log-on to the news and entertainment site and ask the band whatever you want, on the understanding that they will do their best to answer honestly. the now three-piece band will be live online talking direct to you from the recording studio in los angeles where they are presently working on new material, for around an hour. they are also planning a brief glimpse into their near future with a video clip of new material scheduled to go live simultaneously.

edit: the full q&a is available to read here: http://redd.it/177fzp. some hightlights are below.


permalink 2013 world tour dates
22 January 2013

in addition to the announced european and north american tour dates throughout early 2013, there is also an extensive series of dates across asia and europe from may 2013 onwards.

on may 10th, sigur rós pay their first visit to indonesia – before continuing to japan and south korea. following on from this there will be a series of summer festival appearances across europe; germany, the netherlands, poland, switzerland, united kingdom, denmark, finland, czech republic and latvia. full details are on our tour page – keep an eye on that page too for any updates or potential additional concert announcements.


permalink valtari film experiment dvd
20 December 2012

in the new year, all 16 valtari films will be collected together on blu-ray / dvd and download for release as the valtari film experiment. the release will include all 14 films commissioned by the band, alongside the two winning entries from the parallel public competition, plus three additional making-of features. released february 11th in europe (dvd/blu-ray/download) and march 15th in north america (dvd/download).

tracklist

1 varúð inga birgisdóttir
2 valtari christian larson
(feat. ekki múkk, valtari, rembihnútur & varúð)
3 ég anda ragnar kjartansson
4 ekki múkk nicholas abrahams
5 varðeldur clare langan
6 leaning towards
solace
floria sigismondi
(feat. dauðalogn & varúð)
7 seraph dash shaw/john cameron mitchell
(feat. rembihnútur & ekki múkk)
8 dauðalogn ruslan fedotow
9 rembihnútur arni & kinski
10 fjögur pínó alma har’el
11 ég anda ramin bahrani
12 varðeldur melika bass
13 varúð björn flóki
14 dauðalogn henry jun wah lee
15 fjögur pínó anafelle liu
16 varúð ryan mcginley


permalink store sale
30 November 2012

to celebrate the opening of the new webstore, we’ve taken 20% off everything in the shop that pre-dates the current album valtari for any orders made by fri dec 7th. the only thing this doesn’t include is music, the rest is open season.

merchandise from ágætis byrjun, ( ), takk.., heima, með suð, jónsi and jónsi & alex is all available now with the discount.

promo code: SIGURMAS
store: http://sigur-ros-store.com

  • enter the promo code in the cart BEFORE checkout
  • click to validate the code on the link that appears
  • you will see the amount discounted in the cart summary before you check out.


permalink valtari film experiment worldwide screenings
5 November 2012

on the weekend of december 7-9, dozens of screenings of the valtari film experiment will take place worldwide in all seven continents. the valtari film experiment program collects 16 commissioned “official” and fan-created short films created to coincide with the album valtari. read more & apply for consideration to host your own screening here.


permalink valtari film competition winners
25 October 2012

in september, sigur rós invited filmmakers and fans to create an original video for one of the tracks from their new album valtari, to be included in their official mystery film experiment showcase. in keeping with the mystery film experiment concept, the brief was completely open for entrants to take inspiration from the world around them to devise and execute a masterpiece.

the band went over all the film entries and were astounded by many of the films:

almost one thousand people (or rather, one thousand teams of people) have poured theirs hearts and souls into a bewildering variety of films that has frankly threatened to overwhelm us. wow! people have entered from all corners of the globe, inspiring us with so many and varied interpretations of the band’s music. and, without wanting to get too dewy-eyed, it really has been a humbling experience. thank you one and all for your truly amazing efforts.

everyone always says it’s hard judging stuff, but 834 films?! it’s safe to say this has been a difficult and at times divisive exercise. so much artistic endeavour! it’s impressive and not a little bewildering. but, watching in shifts, each and every film was eventually adjudged and a shortlist drawn up.

overall winner – fjögur pínó by anafelle liu, dio lau and ken ngan

people’s choice winner – dauðalogn by ruslan fedetow

runner ups and band comments


permalink mystery film experiement q&a and screening
21 September 2012

on the 12th of october in london, there will be a valtari mystery film experiment screening taking place in the bfi southbank cinema as part of the bfi london film festival.

for their most recent album, valtari, sigur rós gave a dozen filmmakers the same budget and an open creative brief to interpret their music. the results so far have been by turns surprising, elegiac and uplifting slices of cinema from such directing talent as alma har’el, ramin bahrani and ryan mcginley. we are delighted to be premiering a number of brand-new videos in the series from filmmakers including floria sigismondi and john cameron mitchell as well as showing the existing videos on the big screen and speaking to the some of the talent behind this most poetic of film experiments.

we’ll have more information about the nature of the evening in due course.

tickets are available now for bfi members and from the 24th of september for the general public. more details are available here.


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