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Sigur Rós Announce New Tour and Promise New Music

INDIO, CA - APRIL 13: Musician Jon Por Birgisson of the band Sigur Ros performs onstage during day 2 of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at The Empire Polo Club on April 13, 2013 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)

Sigur Rós have announced a string of new tour dates for next summer, and the Icelandic post-rock dreamers plan to use their European shows to workshop new music. It’s been two years since they dropped 2013’s Kveikur, but in a statement, the group said the wanted to recapture “the seat-of-your-pants feeling” of creating new music on the fly, like they did with ágætis byrjunrather than do the reverse — figuring out how to take music from the studio to the stage. Read the full statement below, and check out the tour dates at the bottom of this post.

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. With this in mind, we are pleased to announce that we are playing festivals next summer in the spirit of adventure. 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.

Sigur Rós 2016 Tour Dates:
June 16 – Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest
June 18 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival
July 3 – St. Petersburg, RU @ Stereleto Festival
July 8 – Trencin, SK @ Pohoda Festival
July 12 – Linz, AT @ Ahoi the Full Hit of Summer
July 16 – Dour, BE @ Dour Festival
July 17 – London, UK @ Citadel Festival
August 10-13 – Luhmühlen, DE @ A Summer’s Tale
August 18 – Trondheim, NO @ Pstereo Festival
August 20 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival