Well, this is pretty damn exciting – after a three year absence from the stage, epic Icelandic band Sigur Rós are headlining the Winterthurer Musikfestwochen in August 2012, along with Get Well Soon, and Leech. Woohoo!
I’ve never seen Sigur Rós, but they’ve always been on my list of must-see bands. I saw Jonsi at Zurich Openair 2010 and he was just…dazzling (in a feathered, appliqued kind of way). So I’m thinking that the lovely little cobbled main square of the Wintherthur Old Town is a perfect place for my inaugural Sigur Rós experience.
I also saw Get Well Soon in 2010 at Zurich Openair (that festival, for all its faults, had an amazing line-up). Singer and multi-instrumentalist Konstantin Gropper’s beautifully atmospheric, semi-classical pieces (inspired by philosophers like Sartre and Seneca The Younger, no less) were instantly compelling, even though I was a Get Well Soon novice. Ever since then I’ve bene waiting for another chance to see him. Even better, Get Well Soon will release a new album shortly before the festival – I can’t wait to hear it.
Swiss prog rock band Leech complete the bill on the headline day, and will also have a shiny new album to present. Other confirmed acts for the festival include German indie pop/rock band Kettcar, who will headline the free programme of the festival – the free programme of the Winterthurer Musikfestwochen is usually great (last year Anna Calvi, The Hillbilly Moon Explosion and Iron & Wine played for free). Stay tuned for more announcements, because knowing the Musikfestwochen people, they’ve got something good hidden up their sleeves.
The 2012 summer festival season is shaping up to be very, very good…
Sigur Rós, Get Well Soon and Leech play @ Winterthurer Musikfestwochen 2012 (15 – 26th August 2012) on 25.08.12. Tickets here.
Kettcar headline the free programme of the festival, on 15.08.12. The remaining free acts will be announced later in the year.
- The xx and Sigur Rós to appear (guardian.co.uk)
- Sigur Rós announced they will be touring again in 2012 (blueskyandhardrock.wordpress.com)
- Sigur Ros – Inni (jimmyblake92.wordpress.com)