Sigur Rós apologize for Bestival mishap, announce tour dates

The Icelandic band blame headliner Stevie Wonder for complications that left their performance unaired.

Sigur Rós had planned their Bestival performance around a guaranteed nighttime slot. However, due to “expansive demands of the headliner” (Stevie Wonder, unnamed in their post), the performance was pushed to daylight, ruining the show’s lights and visuals.

The band had a “thoroughly miserable experience on stage” and decided not to stream the performance, their lone UK show this year. The full statement is below, followed by additional tour dates; Sigur Rós will return to England in March 2013. [via Pitchfork]

sigur rós would like to apologise to anyone disappointed not to see the band’s bestival performance live online last night. early in the day a decision had been made to delay broadcast till after the show to give the band a chance to review the footage ahead of webcast, since they were dismayed that their guaranteed “darkness” slot had been pushed into daylight by the expansive demands of the headliner. the band’s only uk show of the year, this would-be highlight of the 2012 calendar, would have to be conducted without proper lights or visuals. sadly then, a perfect storm of production issues and technical problems conspired to mean that the band went on to have a thoroughly miserable experience on stage too. and to spare everyone’s blushes a decision was made to draw a discrete veil over proceedings. sorry, but we can be so much better than what you missed. another time, for sure

Sigur Rós:
09-11 Arles, France – Theatre Antique
09-12 Toulouse, France – Le Bikini
09-14-15 Madrid, Spain – Dcode Festival

09-16-17 Krakow, Poland – Sacrum Profanum Festival
11-04 Reykjavik, Iceland – Iceland Airwaves
11-10-11 Melbourne, Australia – Harvest Gathering
11-13 Perth, Australia – Belvoir Amphitheatre
11-15 Adelaide, Australia – Thebarton Theatre
11-17 Sydney, Australia – Harvest Festival
11-18 Brisbane, Australia – Harvest Festival
11-21 Taipei, Taiwan – Taiwan University Stadium
11-23 Singapore, Singapore – Fort Canning
11-25 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Urbanscapes Festival
02-13 Porto, Portugal – Coliseum
02-14 Lisbon, Portugal – Campo Pequeno
02-18 Jesolo, Italy – Palazzo Del Turismo
02-19 Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum
02-21 Amsterdam, Netherlands – HMH
02-22 Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom
02-23 Munich, Germany – Zenith
02-24 Basel, Switzerland – St. Jakobshalle
02-26 Brussels, Belgium – Forest National
02-27 Paris, France – Zenith
03-02 Glasgow, Scotland – Secc
03-03 Manchester, England – Apollo
03-05 Wolverhampton, England – Civic
03-07 London, England – Brixton Academy
03-08 London, England – Brixton Academy

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