SIGUR RÓS REVEAL LINE-UP ADDITIONS FOR NORÐUR OG NIÐUR ICELAND FESTIVAL
SIGUR RÓS REVEAL LINEUP ADDITIONS FOR NORÐUR OG NIÐUR ICELAND FESTIVAL + ANNOUNCE LIMITED RARE VINYL RELEASES TO BE MADE AVAILABLE
Exclusive Sigur Rós / Jónsi / Jónsi & Alex / Alex Somers Rare and Unreleased Vinyl Editions + additional acts on bill - Tangerine Dream, GusGus, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, and many more
HEAR A PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACK BY JONSÍ FROM FORTHCOMING FRAKKUR, 2000-2004 COLLECTION BELOW.
Sigur Rós are pleased to announce new additions to the lineup of NORÐUR OG NIÐUR festival, their ambitious curation of Reykjavík's largest arts venue, Harpa Concert Hall, between Christmas and New Year, Dec 27-30, 2017. They also today announce a handful of exclusive vinyl releases to be made available at the festival, including a collection of rare, unreleased solo recordings by Jonsí (an excerpt of which can be heard here). More details below...
On Dec 28th My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields performs a very rare solo set late into the evening. Before Kevin, Sigur Rós have added an exciting group of electronic pioneers, both breakthrough and established to their Norður og Niður bill: Germany's Tangerine Dream, who will visit Iceland for the very first time with an audiovisual performance spanning their entire career; legendary Icelandic dance maestros GusGus bringing their mesmerizing electronics, haunting grooves and vocal artistry; and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, riding high on unanimous praise for the latest album The Kid with effervescent, kaleidoscopic live show.
The previous day (27th), Árni (from the Vaccines) has been added to the bill, performing his first Iceland gig, and showcasing his new "Depresso Tropicana" direction, as exemplified by Bore You With My Melody.
Other acts across the week include an opening ceremony featuring Sigur Rós orchestral collaborator Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, rhymer Steindór Andersen and Páll Guðmundsson on his amazing stone marimba; renditions of Sigur Rós songs brought to life by the subtle tintinnabulations of the Reykjanesbaer Music School Bell Choir; the band's old brass section Brassgat í bala (Horny Brasstards) performing slow variations of some of their work with Sigur Rós, as well as original material; a solo electronic set from sometime Sigur Rós trombonist, Sigrún, and another from their former trumpet player Eiríkur Orri Olafsson; plus new duo Jo Berger Myhre & Olafur Bjorn Olafsson, the latter featuring Obo, aka pianist with Jónsi solo and on Sigur Rós's 2012-13 tours.
Alex Somers will also bring a musical installation based around antique gramophones, which he will perform in the venue every day immediately after Sigur Ros's set finishes.
They join what's already a long list of creative luminaries including: MOGWAI, JARVIS COCKER, KEVIN SHIELDS, STARS OF THE LID, DAN DEACON, PEACHES, JULIANNA BARWICK, JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON, BLANCK MASS, ALEXIS TAYLOR (HOT CHIP), AMIINA, ICELAND DANCE COMPANY, JFDR, and many more.
27th - Nelly Ben Hayoun (Nasa/SETI) introduces her film about real life preparedness for asteroid impact, Disaster Playground, and shows just why Mattel chose to make a doll of her.
28th - Dean DeBlois introduces a screening of Heima, the documentary about Sigur Rós he directed in 2007.
29th - Composer Daniel Bjarnason introduces the film Under The Tree, this year's Icelandic entry to the Academy Awards.
30th - Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson talks about Paganism, ahead of a screening of The Show of Shows, the amazing archive-based film about the history of circuses he co-scored with Sigur Rós's Georg Holm, Orri Pall Dyrason and Kjartan Holm.
Jónsi will release Frakkur, 2000-2004, a collection of his unreleased solo electronic recordings, as part of a range of limited edition vinyl at Norður og Niður festival. Edited down from several unreleased albums' worth of unheard material, the first 100 copies of the record will come in a handmade sleeve created on site at Harpa by the Icelandic artist Sigga Björg Sigurðardóttir. Hear the untitled opening track from Frakkur here.
Other limited edition releases, each with their own 100-run colour-coded handmade sleeves, being launched at Norður og Niður (and via the webstore) are:
Sigur Rós Route One, an album feature all the musical highlights of their 24-hour 'slow TV' journey around Iceland's Ring Road on the longest day of 2016. The music was created using ground-breaking generative music software.
Jónsi, Alex Somers & Paul Corley - Liminal Remixes. To coincide with their Liminal Soundbath at the festival on Dec 30th, the three friends collate an album of extraordinary never-before-heard ambient versions of some Sigur Rós classics, including Untitled 6, 7 and 9, Varúð and Brennisteinn, and others. Jónsi & Alex - All Animals. The long-deleted EP released shortly after their fabled Riceboy Sleeps album, available on vinyl for the first time.
Alex Somers - A brand new album of unreleased music from the long-time Sigur Rós producer and collaborator.
A limited run of the above titles in printed sleeves will also be available at the festival and through the band's webstore in the New Year. In addition to the limited edition vinyl, there will be some very special merch items available at the festival, including a new Sigur Rós blanket from Farmers Market, exclusive 66 North hats and shirts, exclusive festival tee-shirts, posters and jewellery pieces sold only at Norður og Niður.
TICKETING INFORMATION Remaining Four-Day and One-Day Passes are currently available from nordurognidur.is Tickets for the Sigur Rós shows are sold separately to NORÐUR OG NIÐUR passes, but are now all but Sold Out.
November 21, 2017 10:02pm by Pressparty