Live Music — September 6, 2016 at 6:33 pm

Sigur Ros announce exclusive Taipei sideshow November


Iceland’s most talented export (sorry Bjork) are making a stopover in Taipei for a very special one-night-only performance following their Clockenflap headline slot.


Known as one of the greatest bands of the 20th century and dubbed a voice found nowhere else on earth, after four years of waiting, Sigur Rós is finally returning to Taiwan. This November 29th (Tues) at the Nangang Exhibition Hall, Sigur Rós’ legendary ethereal music, incorporating classical and minimalist aesthetic elements, promises to bring a performance that will wow all eyes and ears.


Ticket prices for Sigur Rós’ first performance in Taiwan in 2012 set a record high for post-rock bands, while till today many fans still recall in awe the unbelievable atmosphere created by a combination of frontman Jónsi Birgisson’s otherworldly vocals and an astonishing chemistry between the band members, plus a lighting and visuals show described as “an audio-visual sensory overload”.


This June 20th, Sigur Rós unveiled a 24-hour “slow TV” event live on Iceland’s national television – also streamed live globally via Youtube – set to a constantly evolving soundtrack based around elements of their latest song Óveður while cruising down “Route One”, a 1332km journey the whole way round Iceland’s coastal ring road, proof of Sigur Rós constant innovation in technology and music alike.


Since their debut, Sigur Rós has been known for their ethereal music and falsetto vocals, while their unique genre has allowed their music to appear time and time in movies including Vanilla Sky and Life of Pi. Sigur Rós released their first album Von in 1997, while international acclaim came with 1999’sÁgætis byrjun, dubbed by Q magazine as “the last great record of the 20th century”. In 2002, their highly anticipated follow-up album ( ) was released. Though all tracks on the album were untitled upon release, with all of the lyrics sung in Hopelandic, a constructed language without semantic meaning, the album was still a success, even on Billboard, evidence that Sigur Rós’ music had surpassed the framework and limits of the human language. Following in 2005, Takk won the band Best Singer of the Year, Best Album, and Best Single, with even Madonna openly naming Sigur Rós as her favorite rock band.


Sigur Rós 2016 Live in Taipei

Date: November 29th, 2016
Where: Nangang Exhibition Hall
Tickets: Go on sale September 11th Sun noon at KKTIX ( )
Price: 4,800/4,200/3,400/2,600/1,800.