sigur rós are inviting film makers and video directors to create an original video for one of the tracks from their new album valtari. in keeping with the mystery film experiment concept, the brief is completely open for entrants to take inspiration from the world around them to devise and execute a masterpiece.
voting is open from september 12th until september 18th.
the winning video selected by the band will receive an official place – alongside all the other creative artists and directors – in the mystery film experiment pantheon showcased on the front page of sigur-ros.co.uk. additionally, the winning film maker/director will receive $5,000 cash prize.
the highest voted film maker/director will have their video featured across sigur rós youtube and social media channels, as well as receive a free merch package signed by the band.
update: the voting element of the competition is now over, for the next phase the band will chose their favourite for the overall winner.
sigur rós follow up their run of summer festivals by announcing their first headline tour since 2008 for uk/europe in february/march 2013. the 15-date run will see the band take the stage alongside all the additional players and expanded brass and string sections of the summer shows. this time, however, they will be incorporated into a completely new show, which also comes with the potent promise of brand new material, post-dating even this year’s ambient-leaning ‘valtari’ album.
“you are limited to what you can accomplish with the 20-minute changeovers and all other constraints of a festival,” says bassist georg holm. “to us, this summer’s really been one long warm-up for what’s to come.”
there are rumblings from within the band of a “hard left turn” in terms of what these changes might constitute. suffice to say, for now it’s set to be a compelling ‘watch this space’ scenario.
15 dates are in portugal, italy, the netherlands, germany, switzerland, belgium, france and the united kingdom. we’ll have details on general ticket sales soon, but to find out about the fan presale – make sure you are on our mailling list, you can sign up by clicking on “presale info” here
last night sigur rós stepped on stage for the first time in four years, at the mann center in philadelphia. the 11 piece live band will be touring four continents over the next few months, at summer festivals and headlining shows. check out the tour dates here. you can read what others are saying about the shows on the review pages, where we encourage you to leave any thoughts/reviews you might have about the show.
sigur-ros.co.uk were in attendance of the tour rehearsals and last night’s show. we filmed some snippets and moments that caught our eye:
philadelphia, july 29th setlist:
- ekki múkk
- ný batterí
- í gær
- viðrar vel til loftárása
- med blóðnasir
- olsen olsen
philadelphia, july 30th setlist:
- ekki múkk
- ný batterí
- í gær
- viðrar vel til loftárása
- med blóðnasir
- olsen olsen
the fourth instalment of the “valtari mystery film experiment” is by icelandic directors arni & kinski. their video for rembihnútur focuses on meditation:
the much needed changes in the world will happen through changes within each and every one of us. we all want and need love. this film is a celebration of sigur rós’s music and the benefit it is having in the elevation of consciousness that is happening with humankind. people are finding strength in love, care, and respect for themselves, each other, and the world we live in.
more information is here
as part of our mystery film experiment video series, we are inviting film makers and video directors to create an original video for one of the tracks from valtari.
the brief is completely open and the winning video will receive an official place – alongside all the other creative artists and directors – in the mystery film experiment pantheon showcased on the front page of our site. additionally, the winning film maker/director will receive a $5,000 cash prize.
sigur rós have given a dozen film makers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from the band’s forthcoming album. the idea is to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom. among the filmmakers are ramin bahrani, alma har’el and john cameron mitchell. the first video, by ragnar kjartansson, is a video for ‘ég anda’ (i breathe). more videos will be released over the forthcoming months.
further details are on the valtari videos page.
this thursday, may 17th, there’ll be a global ‘valtari’ listening party. at 7pm in each time zone around the world, fans can listen to a stream of the album here on our website. using the #valtarihour tag, fans are invited to tweet and post photos to instagram of their own listening parties!
in conjunction with our own online listening party, at the same time (7pm local time) there will be a series of broadcasts of the album on a variety of radio stations in the the united states as well as in-store plays at record shops. we’ll have more details of them in advance of the valtari hour.
sigur rós have been confirmed as headliners of the year’s iceland airwaves festival. the band last played at the festival in 2001 and last played in iceland in 2008. the concert takes place in the laugardalshöll arena on sunday november the 4th,
tickets go on sale on may 16th via midi.is, there will also be an allocation to iceland airwaves ticket holders – full details is available on the concert page for the event, or on the icelandairwaves.is website. note that there is special offers for those who have already bought their iceland airwaves 2012 ticket.
a quick note to let you know that we’ve joined instagram and will be posting some random things there regularly from now on. if you don’t have instagram you can follow the posts on our tumblr page if you’d like:
celebrating record store day 2012, sigur rós released two limited vinyl pressings last saturday to independently owned record stores in europe and north america: ekki múkk 10″ single in europe, and hvarf/heim double lp in north america.
in addition to the osheaga date that was announced a few weeks back, sigur rós will perform a series of solo and festival shows in the united states and canada.
- the mann, philadelphia: july 30th
- prospect park, brooklyn, nyc: july 31st
- echo beach, toronto: august 1st
- lollapalooza, chicago: august 4th-5th
- paramount, seattle: august 8th
- edgefield, portland: august 9th
- hollywood forever cemetery, los angeles: august 12th
a full list of the announced worldwide shows are available on our tour page
several more dates have been announced for europe in august and september.
- rock en seine, paris: august 24th
- paradiso, amsterdam: august 28th
- paradiso, amsterdam: august 29th
- krizanke, ljubljana: september 5th
- berlin festival, germany: september 7th
information & ticketing details are available on the pages above or on the tour schedule page.
another tour date for the 2012 has been announced, on the 31st of august sigur rós will headline the friday night of the electric picnic festival in stradbally, county laois in ireland. tickets for the festival are on sale – information about the event is on the tour page.
six more festival performances have been added to the 2012 tour schedule:
- summer sonic, japan: august 18th
- summer sonic, japan: august 19th
- winterthur music festival, switzerland: august 25th
- a perfect day festival, italy: september 2nd
- bestival, england: september 9th (already announced)
- sacrum profanum festival, poland: september 16th
- sacrum profanum festival, poland: september 17th
full information about the festivals as well as ticket information available via our tour page. more announcements will come soon!
after a break of over three years, sigur rós are going to be touring again in 2012.
this morning we’re delighted to announce that on the 9th of september, sigur rós will play at bestival festival on the isle of wight in england. it’ll be their only show in the uk in 2012. information about the festival and tickets are available via our tour page.
we’ll be announcing more tour dates soon – sign up to our mailing list below to get the news first.
credo, by kjartan, will receive its canadian premiere on the 1st of february at the “new music festival” that takes places in winnipeg.
the piece will be performed by the winnipeg symphony orchestra as part of the festivals “icelandia” night, along with pieces by nico muhly, daníel bjarnason, valgeir sigurðsson.
for those going to the “icelandia” event, there will be a pre-concert q+a with muhly, bjarnason & sigurðsson as well as a performance of three sigur rós songs; “von”, “hoppípolla” and “andvari” by brandon university new music ensemble. information on that event is available here.
catherine harrison, a student of music at the university of cambridge, has asked for assistance in a dissertation she is writing at the moment. she is looking for fans to fill out a questionnaire about their relationship with the band’s music.
you can complete the anonymous questionnaire here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5JKFFGQ
included in the limited special edition of inni was a pack of light sensitive paper sheets (ljóspappír). in the ljóspappír competition we would like to invite fans who have purchased the special edition to upload and share their experimentations with this paper for the rest of us to see. the public can vote on all submissions and the top images will be submitted to the band, who will pick the winner. the winner will have their design used in a piece of sigur rós 2012 merchandise, as well as a 100,000 icelandic krónur (apx. £500 / $800) prize.
head over to the competition page to upload/vote on submissions: sigur-ros.co.uk/ljospappir.
as we end 2011, we’re offering lúppulagið, the final song on inni, to download for free:
holiday cheers to all you lovely people!
the questions and answers session that took place after the london screening of “inni” on the 3rd of november is now available to watch – thanks to the british film insitute / bfi live for the footage.
at the screening of “inni” at the british film institute next week in london (on november the 3rd) all four members of sigur rós and the director vincent morisset will be in attendance. after the screening there will be a questions and answers session moderated by the bbc’s colin murray. this event is sold out.
the following day, november 4th, rough trade east record shop will have a screening of “inni” at 6.30pm. admittance to this screening is by wristband only – which will be available from 8am on the 4th from the rough trade east record shop. full information of the event is available here.
have tickets to any of the 100+ upcoming inni screenings happening worldwide? we are really curious what you think of the film so we’ve set up a fan reviews section for each screening of the film, where you can share your thoughts. don’t be shy!
inni had its u.s. premiere last thursday at the ritz theater in minneapolis. some reviews on the film have begun to pop up here and there.
“German Expressionism on acid… some sort of lost artefact… straight out of [A] Midsummer Night’s Dream… succeeds fully.” – twitchfilm
“haunting, emotion-drenched . . . soul-stirring fusion of joy and heartache . . . usher[s] the listener into a state of near-celestial rapture.” – variety
“The ghost-like, ethereal quality of the visuals mixed with the otherworldly sounds can captivate in their intensity as well as carry you to another plane of existence. Let the music wash over you, enjoy the religious experience on screen, and convert all your friends into lovers of uniquely original music.” – the film stage
“spellbinding.” – montreal gazette
“darkly beautiful.” – city pages
some of the best independent record stores in the u.s. are participating in an exclusive, limited pre-order/ticket bundle offer. those pre-ordering inni (in any physical format: 2 cd/dvd, blu-ray/2 cd, or 3 lp/dvd) at the record stores below will receive 1 complimentary ticket to the official screening of inni in their town and will receive their copy of inni on november 15th. tickets for this pre-order promotion are limited, so you might want to act fast. stay tuned as more participating stores + screenings are added to the screenings page.