Many international acts can captivate you with their music and live concert experience, but few can do it to the level of Iceland's Sigur Rós. The multi-instrumental act is one part rock and another part orchestra, but manage to marry the two into an ocean of musical bliss that is hard to imagine coming from a trio of musicians. It's not often the band leaves their island homeland for an extensive tour, and luckily they'll be in North America for a series of tour dates that kick off on Friday, April 7, in California at the Santa Barbara Bowl.
Here are 5 reasons you don't want to miss Sigur Rós perform in 2017.
1. Sigur Rós will play two extensive sets
Usually, when you see a band or artist play, it's one set with an opener. Often, fans miss out on hearing some of their favorite songs due to time constraints. Not with Sigur Rós on this upcoming tour. The Icelandic trio will be touring without an opening act. Instead, they will be performing two career spanning sets that will be separated by an intermission to give the band a rest in between.
2. There will be live visuals throughout their performances on tour
Sigur Rós usually perform with a mostly stripped down set-up, but on this upcoming tour, you'll see them like you've never seen them before. Teaming up with an award-winning team of live illumination engineers, Sigur Rós will give their audience a much more powerful performance than usual that will be complimented by LED screens, 3-D effects, lasers and more on some of their most powerful hits from their music catalog.
3. You'll get to hear more of Sigur Rós' hits on this tour
With two sets scheduled for each performance, you're going to hear more of your favorite songs from their albums past and present. They're not promoting a new album so it's one of the rare times a band goes on a "greatest hits" tour. Starting at 8:30 p.m. local time at each upcoming tour date, Sigur Rós will take you away and show you why they're considered one of the best live bands in the world. You'll hear them play tracks from Von, Ágætis byrjun, ( ), Takk..., Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, Valtari, Kveikur, as well as songs from their EPs. The sets will consist of songs the band hasn't played live in years and if you're lucky, some new material as well.
4. You don't need to know Icelandic to enjoy the concert
For those of you that might not be familiar with the band, there is a misconception that the band sings in Icelandic. Language isn't a barrier, though, when seeing Sigur Rós live because they actually sing in Vonlenska. It is a made-up, non-literal language that was created by their frontman Jónsi when putting together their first album Von. Affectionately referred to by fans as "Hopelandic," it is constructed by the sounds of different languages to give more depth to the music and compliment their instrumental sounds to further captivate their audience. The music isn't all in a made-up language since the band has also released music in both English and Icelandic following the release of their first album. It's just a good way to be swept up into their music rather than worry too much about the lyrics.
5. Sigur Rós rarely tours in North America
We don't get to see Sigur Rós play extensive tours in North America very often, so this may be your last chance to see them live for a long time. What better way than to see them on this current tour while you have the chance? The band is currently reissuing their older albums, but no new album is on the horizon for Sigur Rós. Check out the dates below and see if Sigur Rós is playing near you so that you can see what everyone is talking about when the post-rock band lands on U.S. shores in April.
2017 North American Tour Dates:
April 7 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl (Click here for tickets)
April 8 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre (Click here for tickets)
April 9 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre (Click here for tickets)
April 11 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theater Pomona (Click here for tickets)
April 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Walt Disney Concert Hall (SOLD OUT)
April 14 - Los Angeles, CA - Walt Disney Concert Hall (SOLD OUT)
April 15 - Los Angeles, CA - Walt Disney Concert Hall (SOLD OUT)
May 20 - Gulf Shores - Hangout Fest (Click here for tickets)
May 21 - New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theatre (Click here for tickets)
May 23 - Atlanta, GA - The Fox Theatre (Click here for tickets)
May 25 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion (Click here for tickets)
May 28 - Toronto, ON - TD Echo Beach (Click here for tickets)
May 30 - Montreal, QC - Wilfrid-Pelletier (Click here for tickets)
May 31 - Montreal, QC - Wilfrid-Pelletier (Click here for tickets)
June 2 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theatre (Click here for tickets)
June 3 - Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (Click here for tickets)
June 4 - Columbus, OH - Palace Theatre (Click here for tickets)
June 5 - St Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House (Click here for tickets)
June 7 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory (Click here for tickets)
June 9 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at The Moody Theater (Click here for tickets)
June 10 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at The Moody Theater (Click here for tickets)
June 12 - Nashville, TN - Andrew Jackson Hall (Click here for tickets)
June 13 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace Theatre (Click here for tickets)
June 15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE (Click here for tickets)
June 16 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts (Click here for tickets)
June 17 - Queens, NY - Forest Hills Stadium (Click here for tickets)