Sigur Rós announce intimate North American tour, featuring new music and new stage show

The Icelandic outfit will perform two sets as a trio, with no opening act

Sigur Rós announced their 2016 return to the road late last year, and have since confirmed a string of international festival dates including Primavera Sound, Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, and more. Now, they’ve expanded their tour docket to include a leg of North American shows for September and October.

This isn’t any old North American tour, however. “An Evening with Sigur Rós” will see the Icelandic outfit performing as a trio sans string and orchestra sections. They’ll also be touring without a support act, instead playing two distinct sets over the course of each night. As such, the setlists will include brand new music as well as new interpretations of old songs that haven’t been played in a very long time.

The upcoming tour consists mostly of theater shows, marking the band’s most intimate tour in a decade. It’ll also mark the first time in 15 years that they’ll road test new material ahead of its release. Despite all the changes, Sigur Rós still promise a stunning live production fans have become accustomed to, designed again by the team behind their previous award-winning Knights of Illumination tour.

The band said in a statement, “Every time you go on tour you want it to be different … and every time it is, usually because you have a new album you want to play people. And that can be fun, because you have to work out how to recreate all the complicated stuff you did in the studio for the stage. But there was a time when things were the other way round, when we worked stuff out on the road, and trying to capture lightning in a bottle was a problem for the studio later on. This time, in addition to playing songs you know, we wanted to remember the seat-of-your-pants feeling experienced in the wake of ágætis byrjun, when for two years we formed and re-formed the songs that would go on to be the ( ) album live in front of people, night after night. All we can say right now is it’s going to be different, with new unreleased songs, a new show and maybe some other *new* things. Beyond that, we can only ask you to trust us on this one.”

Find the band’s complete schedule below. Update – Monday, April 11th at 11:50 a.m. CT: New dates have been added in Vancouver (9/18) and Brooklyn (10/7).

Sigur Rós 2016 Tour Dates:
06/04 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/09 – Porto, PT @ Nos Primavera Sound
06/11 – Istanbul, TR @ Zorlu Performing Arts Center
06/13 – Athens, GR @ Release Athens music Festival
06/16 – Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest
06/18 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival
06/23 – Bristol, UK @ Bristol Summer Series
06/22-26 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
06/26 – Dublin, IE @ Royal Hospital Kilmainham
07/01 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival
07/03 – St. Petersburg, RU @ Stereoleto Festival
07/06 -Lyon, FR @ Les Nuits de Fourvière
07/08 -Trencin, SK @ Pohoda Festival
07/09 – Monza, IT @ I-Days Festival
07/12 – Linz, AT @ Ahoi the Full Hit of Summer
07/14 – Cluj, RO @ Electric Castle Festival
07/16 – Dour, BE @ Dour Festival
07/17 – London, UK @ Citadel Festival
07/22-24 – Niigata, JP @ Fuji Rock Festival
07/30 – Stockholm, SE @ Music and Arts Festival
08/10-13 – Luhmühlen, DE @ A Summer’s Tale
08/13 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival
08/18 – Trondheim, NO @ Pstereo Festival
08/20 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival
08/25 – Zürich, CH @ Openair
08/27 – Paris, FR @ Rock en Seine
09/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
09/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
09/20 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
09/21 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium
09/23 – San Diego, CA @ Copley Hall
09/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
09/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
09/27 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
09/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
09/30 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
10/01 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theater
10/03 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
10/05 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
10/06 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
10/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
10/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Academy of Music
10/10 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
10/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
10/14 – Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre


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