Sigur Rós Launch “Route One” 24 Hour Live “Slow TV” Event

Features a Drive Around the Coast of Iceland and the New Song "Óveður"

Jun 20, 2016
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Earlier today Iceland's Sigur Rós shared a mysterious new teaser trailer that was streaming in a loop and announced that something was happening at 5 PM EST today. Well that something is a live 24 event the band is dubbing a "Slow TV" broadcast that is airing now via Iceland's nationwide TV channel RÚV 2 and streaming on YouTube below. Entitled Route One, it features a drive once around Iceland's coastal ring road, all 1332km of it, with a soundtrack that features the band's new song "Óveður." 

Sigur Rós's Jónsi Birgisson had this to say about it in a press release: "In a day and age of instant gratification and everything moving so fast, we wanted to do the exact opposite. Slow TV is counter-active to the world we live in, in that it happens in real time and real slow."

The press release explains the music component as such: "The soundtrack to the journey is being created moment-by-moment via generative music software. The individual musical elements of unreleased song and current Sigur Rós festival set opener, 'Óveður,' are seeded through the evolving music app Bronze to create a unique ephemeral sonic experience." 

Watch the stream below, followed by the band's tour dates including U.S. ones in which they will be performing as a trio, with two sets each night.

Read our 2013 interview with Sigur Rós about Kveikur.

Sigur Rós North American Tour Dates:

06-23 Bristol, England - Bristol Summer Series
06-22-26 Pilton, England - Glastonbury Festival
06-26 Dublin, Ireland - Royal Hospital Kilmainham
07-01 Gdynia, Poland - Open'er Festival
07-03 St. Petersburg, Russia - Stereoleto Festival
07-06 Lyon, France - Les Nuits de Fourvière
07-08 Trencin, Slovakia - Pohoda Festival
07-09 Monza, Italy - I-Days Festival
07-12 Linz, Austria - Ahoi the Full Hit of Summer
07-14 Cluj, Romania - Electric Castle Festival
07-16 Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
07-17 London, England - Citadel Festival
07-22-24 Niigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival
07-30 Stockholm, Sweden - Music and Arts Festival
08-10-13 Luhmühlen, Germany - A Summer's Tale
08-13 Budapest, Hungary - Sziget Festival
08-18 Trondheim, Norway - Pstereo Festival
08-20 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival
08-25 Zürich, Switzerland - Openair
08-27 Paris, France - Rock en Seine
09-18 Vancouver, British Columbia - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
09-19 Vancouver, British Columbia - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
09-20 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
09-21 Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
09-23 San Diego, CA - Copley Hall
09-24 Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
09-26 Salt Lake City, UT - Kingsbury Hall
09-27 Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
09-29 Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre
09-30 Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
10-01 Detroit, MI - Fox Theater
10-03 Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall
10-05 New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
10-06 Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre
10-07 Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre
10-08 Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music
10-10 Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
10-12 Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre
10-14 Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theatre



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