Sigur Ros confirmed to tour Australia in 2012


Sigur Ros lead singer Jonsi has confirmed in an interview with triple j’s Zan Rowe that the band will be coming back to Australia in November to play live.

Sigur Ros guitar player, vocalist and principal songwriter Jonsi Birgisson has confirmed that the band is locked in to tour Australia later this year.

During an extensive interview with Drowned in Sound, Jonsi revealed that the band is set to play a “short North American tour and a few European dates as well as the festivals, then we’re off to Australia”. That could suggest that we’ll see the group hitting the stage at this year’s Harvest festival, however we’re not expecting a very extensive tour as Jonsi goes on to explain that they group will only be playing “about 30 shows this year”.

The Icelandic group haven’t toured Australia since an appearance at Splendour in the Grass back in 2008, although Jonsi did return to play songs from his solo debut Go at the festival two years ago.

Jonsi says that he hopes to tour with the band’s orchestral strings section “especially when we’re playing the new album [as] it will be difficult to translate those songs live without them.” The tour set list could also be quite different to what we heard on the band’s last visit, with Jonsi teasing that “there are some songs that we haven’t played for a long time that may reappear on this tour”.

That new record Valtari, the follow up 2008’s Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust, is set for release on 28th May and according to the band it’s a more “studio based” album than any of its predecessors.

Listen to the first taste of the album, the eight minute Ekki Míºkk: