Icelandic band's ethereal soundscape will meet its match at iconic Eden
Highly acclaimed Icelandic ambient post-rockers Sigur Rós will grace the stage at this year's Eden Sessions – one of a very select run of UK arena dates they will play this summer.
The marriage of the band's euphoric, ethereal soundscape with the futuristic structures and green living landscapes of the Eden Project, on June 30, promises to be a most magical occasion.
Last year Sigur Rós returned from a hiatus to present their sixth studio album, Valtari. They marked its arrival with the biggest homeland show ever staged in Rekyavik by an Icelandic artist. Their three shows coming up at London's Brixton Academy in March sold out within hours of tickets being released. Suffice to say that their Cornish debut is quite a coup.
The band's dreamy, often sweeping, prog rock-underbellied, compositions are distinguished by the glorious falsetto vocals and guitarwork – sometimes teased by a cello bow – of frontman Jónsi Birgisson.
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He either sings his lyrics in Icelandic or in a unique language called Vonlenska, described by the band as "a form of gibberish vocals that fits to the music".
With co-founder Georg "Goggi" Hólm on bass and Orri Páll Dýrason on drums, plus electronic vibes and strings often adding to the mix, together they create music of epic proportions that is cited as an inspiration by a myriad aspiring music-makers.
Their stage presence may be understated, but their sound is all-embracing, almost intoxicating, and usually comes embellished by rather beautiful lighting effects, which should make an incredible spectacle against Eden's biomes.
The band's name comes from Jónsi's sister, Sigurrós, who was born on the same day the band formed in 1994 and have been building and developing their talents ever since.
In 2010, Mojo magazine awarded them their Outstanding Contribution to Music gong, and their three most recent albums all made the top 20 in the UK album charts.
Many of their tracks have also been used to soundtrack films and TV programmes. The anthemic Hoppípolla, from fourth album Takk… was used in the BBC series Planet Earth, with Sir David Attenborough.
During their recent two-year break, Jónsi released a successful solo album and worked on the score for the DreamWorks animation How to Train Your Dragon. He was also responsible for the music for the 2012 film We Bought A Zoo – based on the story of Dartmoor Zoo.
Sigur Rós are the fourth headliner to be announced for the 2013 Eden Sessions, joining comic Eddie Izzard (June 3), Kaiser Chiefs (June 29) and The xx (July 2).
"They are known for playing iconic venues so I'm sure they will relish playing here," says Martin Williams, Eden Project marketing director.
The Eden Sessions enter their 12th year in 2013, following an acclaimed series of gigs in 2012 headlined by Blink-182, Plan B, Tim Minchin, Chase and Status, Noah and the Whale, The Vaccines, Example and Frank Turner.
Tickets to the Sigur Rós Eden Session on June 30 cost £35 plus £5 booking fee and go on general sale at 5pm on Wednesday, January 23. To book to any of the Eden Sessions, call the Eden box office on 01726 811972 or visit www.edensessions.com.