Aug 5th 2012
I saw Sigur Ros for the first time tonight and it changed my life forever. <3 One of the best performances at Lollapalooza <3
I sobbed like a baby the entire concert! Undoubtedly the best thing I’ve every been to…ever.
This afternoon’s performance at Lollapalooza was truly brilliant. The best show all weekend!!! Now I’m just bummed out thinking about how long I will have to wait to see you perform again. Thank You Sigur ros for a memorable beautiful show!!!
This was the most amazing concert of Lolla, and more importantly of my life. Tack så mycket Jonsi and Sigur Ros for bringing the best of Nordic culture and orchestral music to the states. You have made a (crying) lifelong fan out of me. Takk.
I have been waiting 6 years to see Sigur Ros live. I haven’t yet come to terms with that dream coming true today. It was too surreal and beautiful. I cried all the way through. And I couldn’t believe that you played Hafssol, my all time favorite song. This performance has completed my life, but left me wanting more. Sigur Ros must continue to tour and make their incredible music! So MUCH LOVE.
I agree with ALL of the above reviews, this performance blew my mind! I have also been waiting many years to see them perform together so this was a dream come true. I was blessed to be able to see Jónsi back in 2010, but seeing him with Sigur Rós is quite a different but equally as mesmerizing experience. I can’t believe they played the untitled track #8 from the () album. That will be burned in my memory forever. Thank you Sigur Rós for coming to Lollapalooza and please come back to Chicago soon! We love you!! <3
For the love of GOD, PLEASE COME BACK TO CHICAGO SOONER THAN LATER! THANK YOU!
Far and away the best concert I saw at Lollapalooza, and dare I say the best concert of my life thus far. Your beautiful music left me in a trance, briefly forgetting where I was or what I was doing. All I knew was that I was happy and felt so alive.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart and please come back to Chicago soon!
I had chills the whole time. from the first note till the last. I love you Sigur Ros. Hands down Best set at Lolla, and best set i have ever seen! Keep making amazing music. Namaste.
This concert was absolutely breathtaking. If you are a Sigur Rós fan, you absolutely need to experience a live performance. If you aren’t, see them and they will change your life. This was my favorite set of Lollapalooza. Thank you guys so much for coming to Chicago and making my weekend.
Best Show Ever! You guys need to come back to close out the Fest next year. You changed lives at Lolla, and we cant thank you enough for making the trip! Where can I get one of those amazing posters you where selling?!
Going where the music takes me is awesome. But nothing quite compares to getting to see it live at Lolla from the front row! It’s going to take days to make the smile go away. Absolutely amazing and a true winner combining old and new! Olsen Olsen was FANTASTIC, Hoppípolla made me wish I had a red kite and Hafsól gave me goosebumps (even with the unexpected extended intro:-)
Sigur Rós must come back to the States sooner rather than later!
In my opinion, by far the best show at Lollapalooza. I was in tears the entire time. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful music with us and please return soon
Yesterday was the greatest day of my existence, it almost feels as if it were a dream. I came all the way from north Dakota just to see you guys at lollapalooza. It was the most beautiful and breathtaking performance I have ever seen in my life and Im even more in love with the band then I was before which I didn’t think was possible. You guys even played my favorite song olsen olsen and I cried from its beauty. Jonsi you have the voice of an angel. I never heard something so beautiful, you have changed my life forever. Oneday I hope to see sigur ros again and meet them too I was so sad to see that they were not signing, but hopefully oneday it will happen. I can only dream right?
i was on the gates to finally see sigur ros for my first time. i anticipated this moment for years. right when he came out i cried so hard it was so beautiful. i was the girl who caught his bow, and i almost passed out because of that. he can never fail to put on an amazing show that makes people cry
Sigur Ros played a stunning, beautiful show. We were pretty close and the people around us were just mesmerized.
But at an hour it was too short; they should have been a headliner and been allowed to play 90 minutes at least!
Please come to the Midwest again soon, Milwaukee, specifically, and play longer!
Seeing Sigur Ros for the first time in Chicago felt like an amazing gift to me… Coming from South Africa, I had often wondered if I’d ever get to see them live. Coming to Chicago was a gift in itself, an unexpected one – and I thank my boyfriend for making it happen. It was at his insistence that we waited 3 hours at the stage to get a good spot, and I’m so glad that we did. We met a few other fans there, all waiting, all so friendly and warm.
When Jonsi and the band finally arrived, I was blown away. Opening with Svefn-g-englar gave us goosebumps.. And Varud, played next, was probably the highlight for me – as it as the first time I’d heard it other than on the album, and it was breathtaking. Jonsi’s voice combining with the strings felt heavenly.
I missed Kjartan being there, but the new musicians filled his space well. It was nice to see Georg and Jonsi sharing a wicked grin, and Orri thrashing the drums during Untitled 8 was fantastic. Jonsi’s bow being utterly destroyed during Haffsol was another surprise for me, the girl who caught it was very lucky!
Like other reviews, I agree that it felt about 2 songs too short – but this was at a festival, and the band were limited. I just know I have to see them again.
Thank you Sigur Ros and thank you to the crowd around me for an altogether wonderful experience!
The biggest regret I have(musically) was leaving your guys’ set at Bonnaroo 2008 early to go see(and I can’t believe I’m saying this) Kanye West. Your set then was so beautiful I had to be forced to do it. I am sooo happy now that I finally was able to see an entire set of yours, life changing in every way imaginable. It’s like that part in the Shawshank Redemption when Andy takes control of the PA room and plays that music over the loudspeaker and everyone is just spellbound.
“I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t wanna know. Some things are best left unsaid. I’d like to think they were singing about something so beautiful it can’t be expressed in words, and it makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you those voices soared, higher and farther than anybody in a grey place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made these walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.”
The one hour set was my fourth venture to see this band live and first on this 2012 tour. And what an amazing set it was- hypnotic, mesmerizing and whatever other adjective you want to use. The highs were higher than possible and the dark spaces were more than adequate to give the music light. An overall stunning performance and a beautiful way to cap off a sunny, occassionally hot, Chicago afternoon.
We waited over an hour in the mud and sun for you at Lollapalooza. It was worth it of course. Your music was beautiful and goosebumps-inducing and all-too-perfect. I have never been filled with so much love as I did after finally seeing you guys live.
Here’s the video I got of you guys live:
I saw y’all perform at both lolla and Outside Lands. All I have to say is, beautiful performances every time. I only wish that y’all played at night at lolla. Either way, I’d been waiting about 5 years to see you perform and this was the first time. Can’t tell you how blessed and excited I was to see you twice in a week! I planned this trip just for you guys (and the festivals didn’t hurt :D) all the way from Austin, TX. You guys are amazing! I literally don’t have words to describe properly my live for your music.
it was an incredible experience seeing you live finally. I have been a fan since I was 13, and 8 years later I finally had the ability to see you perform. What an awe inspiring performance. Come back to Chicago soon! We love you!
everything is intent upon the stage. jonsi arrives in battle garb, armed with a bow. “sleepwalkers” begins. we peer through the tunnel. there is a shimmer of light, but then it is gone. jonsi steps on a pedal and draws waves of noise from the maw of his guitar. words are sung. i know not what they mean; only that the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter. the drums exit. jonsi sings into the mouth of his guitar as if it’s some kind of portal. the drums return, and jonsi smites a hole through the stone ceiling of the cavern. the sleepwalkers fly up through the hole.
we step out of the cavern. “caution” begins. we’re at the edge of the coast. piano clangs from the depths of the ocean, before giving way to the voice of an angel. he is singing open the gates of heaven, but with no response, and so he simply pounds through. we enter.
“lost at sea.” this one is more clear and visceral. we leave the island via canoe. we’re floating towards an approaching storm, but all is bright. the crescendo arrives early, and we are swept up in the storm. it is not scary; we are ready to die. when it is all over, we swim among the wreckage and are washed up on land.
titanic bass awakes us. the words do not make sense. “olsen olsen.” flutes chime from the forest. we are afraid to enter. we question ourselves. the greatest crescendo yet forces us in. we are in awe, but do not understand what we see. maybe we don’t need to.
“hafsol.” the only unknown quantity of the journey. bass gallops towards us. we wonder how much longer we have. jonsi destroys his bow. he mourns for the casualty before tossing it away in anger. we arrive at the edge of the forest.
it is time for the last chapter. “the pop song.” we are lonely, to the tune of plucked electric guitar. we wander out into the snow, surroundings nondescript. the end approaches but there is one last danger to face. a blizzard revs into existence. it builds and builds. we stand and wait. we can hear the voice of the storm, echoing in the distance. it is signaling our demise. anticipation. there is a moment of clarity before we are swept up in the blizzard and eviscerated; mind, body, and soul as one. it is thrilling. we do not exist in the face of this great storm. we are finished. nothing is left of the world.
i skipped “hopping into puddles” and “i have a nosebleed” because those are kind of lame in comparison (but only in comparison) to all their 7+ minute songs
Please come back…..We miss you.
the mesmerizing sounds and extreme heat almost had me passing out.
Please Como to Lollapaloza Brasil/Chile!!!!
I wish you would have had a night spot. Not your fault though.. your show was absolutely amazing
That show at Lollapalooza was one of the best moments of my life. I’ve never seen a Lollapalooza crowd act the way they did watching Sigur Ros. Usually there are people in the back who don’t really care about whoever is playing and talk over the music, but Sigur Ros drew a massive crowd and yet just about everybody in the crowd was standing there in awe. People literally had their mouths wide open because of how beautiful the music was.
There were these middle-aged guys near me who were talking before Sigur Ros took the stage and they didn’t really know anything about the band; by the end of the show the same guys were openly weeping.
I felt bad for Toro y Moi who had to follow up Sigur Ros on the same field. Toro y Moi is nice and all but he’s no Sigur Ros.
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