nov 4: sigur ros

day 5 of the airwaves festival culminated in the sigur ros performance at reykjavik’s national indoor stadium, laugardagshollin. i mean where else can an epic band like them, churning out cinematic post-rock numbers play? my travel companion says sigur ros is a national treasure and from the turnout, i’m inclined to think so as well.

the wait started for me and my friend at 5:30pm. we shared a cab with another hostel guest and fan from argentina (yes, people travel far and wide to see this band play in their homeland, believe me) to get there early and stake our place as near to the stage as we could. it paid off, as you’ll see from the photos. 🙂

doors finally opened at 6:30pm and then it began; a 1.5 hour wait for that ‘glosoli’ band.

at around 8ish, the crowd was getting restless and then all of a sudden, screaming as the band came onstage and the first strains begin to play.

the rest of the concert was a strange mix of highs and lows with some emo moments thrown in as my favourite tunes came on as well as annoying ones as a few members of the audience came in last-minute, barging themselves into the crowds in front of us without a care.

nevertheless, it was a solid, sold-out 2-hour performance as sigur ros finally played on homeground after 4 years. the chilly weather outside was also perfect for everyone to get into the melancholy, victorious mood that sigur ros’ music always seem to evoke.

what really stood out for me were the visual projections that really helped to augment the experience even further. according to my travelling companion, some of these projections were taken from the band’s vault of fan-made music videos/short films that were made during the mystery film experiment callout last year.

one of these projections in particular stood out for me. it was a short motion graphics film where people appear mysteriously on the edge of mountains and cliffs at the icelandic countryside, each holding a kerosene lamp. as the figures multiply onscreen, they all eventually release the lights in their lamps – a sort of emancipation, i suppose which was used to good effect as it left you with a haunting feeling that i enjoyed very much.

see the actual video of varúð below.

i thought sigur ros was a fantastic way to end the airwaves festival this year although i have to say that physically, i was very tired, slightly crabby and ready to go to bed after it all. music festivals are really tough on an old lady like me. LOL!

so we bid the airwaves 2012 adieu until it returns again at the same time, next year.

meanwhile, here are some photos from the sigur ros experience. enjoy!

– the projection from varud that really haunted me –

– sigur ros come together to take a bow –

– and there they go! taking a bow –


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