SIGUR RÓS // SEC ARMADILLO, GLASGOW

SIGUR RÓS BRING ELECTRICAL SET TO GLASGOW'S SEC ARMADILLO FOR TWO SOLD OUT SHOWS

SIGUR RÓS PERFORMING AT GLASGOW'S SEC ARMADILLO - 25/09/2017
PICTURE BY: ALEXANDROS COSTA PHOTOGRAPHY

★★★★

The three members of Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós took off on their current tour on mid September and they did so without the help of backing musicians, as had been their usual custom for a world tour, and without keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson, who left the group back in 2013. They played two dates in Glasgow at the SEC Armadillo. They put on a second show on 25th September due to popular demand.

The band who occasionally sing, have billed this stripped-back tour as “an evening with Sigur Rós”. The band performed with no support act which meant the crowd was instantly thrown into the immersive experience.

Instead of travelling with a support act or their usual accompanying orchestra, The bassist, Georg Hólm, drummer Orri Páll Dyrason and frontman Jónsi Birgisson have elected to perform two distinct “sets” with an interval in between and immersive, noisereactive light display. The band is world renowned with multiple hits and with a following of 1.7million people on social media , the band has also sold out shows across their tour.

Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi took the stage from and opened his mouth with calming screams and bent his head down it was nearly touching the ground as he played his signature bowed guitar in front of the crowd in Glasgow. You could instantly feel the presence of the band and you were instantly thrown into the immersive experience which was a Sigur Ros live show.

SIGUR RÓS PERFORMING AT GLASGOW'S SEC ARMADILLO - 25/09/2017
PICTURE BY: ALEXANDROS COSTA PHOTOGRAPHY

For those in the crowd not close enough to see his face ( also no displays in the SEC ) the concert’s visuals were spectacular and absolutely mesmerising . A projection backdrop was glowing and cross-shaped beams displayed imagery that were geometric and impressionistic, with a different colour palette for each song, this back drop provided extra effect which was so fitting for the music and had the crowd completely gripped throughout the whole show. The trio stood surrounded by lighting rigs that provided spots, twinkles, drips, and baths of colourful light, all while backed by very large and impressive projections.

At the start of the second act the band started off from behind the backdrop and half way through the song the backdrop fell opening up a whole other stage. The lights were set up in a way that provide great depth to the stage and it even projected shapes onto the walls of the SEC Armadillo.

One thing you have to know and understand about Sigur Rós is that they’re a band of subtlety and privacy. They’re all quite reserved guys, who literally let their music do their talking for them, they aren't loud , they aren't in your face and they rarely interact with the crowd.

The music was so gripping that during their songs which usually lasted around eight minutes the crowd would not look away , the lights made the stage so surreal and the music was so powerful to look away would be a missed opportunity.

As the night was ending the crowd realised that what they just witnessed was something that you might not see again. For a band that doesn’t say much on stage, you for sure know that they put every bit of energy they had into their music. The show in other words was outstanding.

SETLIST:

Act 1:

  • Á
  • Ekki Múkk
  • Glósóli
  • E-Bow
  • Dauðalagið
  • Fljótavík
  • Niður
  • Varða

Act 2:

  • Óveður
  • Sæglópur
  • Batterí
  • Vaka
  • Festival
  • Kveikur
  • Popplagið

  

SIGUR RÓS TOUR CONTINUES:

SEPTEMBER 27 : LE GRAND REX - PARIS, FRANCE
SEPTEMBER 28 : LE GRAND REX - PARIS, FRANCE
SEPTEMBER 29 : LE GRAND REX - PARIS, FRANCE

OCTOBER 01 : FOREST NATIONAL - BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
OCTOBER 02 : AFAS LIVE - AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
OCTOBER 03 : DE OSTERPOORT - GRONINGEN, THE NETHERLANDS
OCTOBER 05 : ANNEXET - STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
OCTOBER 06 : SPEKTRUM - OSLO, NORWAY
OCTOBER 07 : FORUM - COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
OCTOBER 09 : TEMPODROM - BERLIN, GERMANY
OCTOBER 10 : TEMPODROM - BERLIN, GERMANY
OCTOBER 12 : SPORTHALLE - HAMBURG, GERMANY
OCTOBER 13 : PALLADIUM - COLOGNE, GERMANY
OCTOBER 14 : JAHRHUNDER HALLE - FRANKFURT, GERMANY
OCTOBER 16 : GASOMETER - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
OCTOBER 17 : MEDIONLANUM FORUM - MILAN, ITALY
OCTOBER 18 : SAMSUNG HALL - ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
OCTOBER 20 : DOM SPORTOVA - ZAGREB, CROTIA
NOVEMBER 24 : MOVISTAR ARENA - SANTIAGO, CHILE
NOVEMBER 26 : SONAR FESTIVAL 2017 - BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
NOVEMBER 29 : ESPACO DAS AMERICAS - SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
DECEMBER 02 : SONAR FESTIVAL 2017 - BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
DECEMBER 27 : NOROUR OG NIOUR FESTIVAL - REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
DECEMBER 27 : HARPA - REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

DECEMBER 28 : HARPA - REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
DECEMBER 29 : HARPA - REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
DECEMBER 30 : HARPA - REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

PHOTOS + REVIEW BY: ALEXANDROS COSTA