Do you realize Sigur Rós haven’t released a new album in 10 years? Valtari and Kveikur arrived 13 months apart in 2012 and 2013, and since then it’s been EPs, soundtracks, and other projects that should not be categorized as Official Sigur Rós Albums. They were working out new material on the road around the time I saw them play a spellbinding set at Primavera Sound — in 2016, but no grand statement has since materialized. Fortunately, that’s about to change: The Icelandic post-rock OGs are promising a new LP for release this June, and they’re going on tour with a 41-piece orchestra through both Europe and North America.
No other details on the album yet, but we know some things about the tour. It kicks off in June in London at the Meltdown Festival, where Sigur Rós will be backed by the London Contemporary Orchestra. A few more shows will follow in Europe — Amsterdam and Hamburg in June, Paris in July — and then in August they’ll play eight North American cities with the Wordless Music Orchestra. Check out the full itinerary below.
06/16 – London, UK @ Royal Festival Hall
06/17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Concertgebouw
06/18 – Hamburg, Germany @ Elbphilharmonie
07/03 – Paris, France @ Philharmonie Main Hall
08/14 – Toronto, ON @ Roy Thomson Hall
08/16 – New York City, NY @ Beacon Theatre
08/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
08/19 – Boston, MA @ Wang Theatre
08/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
08/24 – Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theatre
08/26 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley
08/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre