Sigur Rós are headlining Citadel, the one-day summer festival in London that kicked off this year.
“We are pleased and somewhat nervous to announce that we are playing Citadel next summer in the spirit of adventure, and 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,” the Icelandic band said of their appearance, scheduled for 17 July 2016.
Tickets for the festival, taking place in Victoria Park, go on general sale on 1 December.
Sigur Rós’ headline performance is just one of several European festival appearances in 2016, even though the trio have no new album to promote.
They explain: “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 ‘Agætis 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. With this in mind, we are pleased to announce that we are playing festivals next summer in the spirit of adventure.”
The band — Jon Thor Birgisson (vocals/guitar/keys), Georg Holm (bass/keys), and Orri Pall Dyrason (drums/keys) — last played London in November 2013 when they sold out Wembley Arena on the tour promoting their most recent album ‘Kveikur’.
They return to the city in July 2016 at Citadel, which was conceived by the co-creators of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, two of North America’s most prestigious festivals.
- For more info on Citadel visit the event website.