Post-rockers celebrate LP’s 16th anniversary by sharing concert recorded at Icelandic Opera HouseSigur Ros are celebrating the 16th anniversary of ‘Agaetis Byjrun’ by streaming their 1999 album release show.
Sigur Rós released the post-rock masterpiece Agætis Byrjun on June 12th, 1999, marking the occasion with an 11-song set at the Icelandic Opera House in Reykjavík. To celebrate the 16th anniversary of both album and event, the band is streaming that 92-minute show exclusively on their website, starting at 5 p.m. EST on Friday, June 12th.
The set, recently mixed by former member Kjartan Sveinsson at the band’s own Sundlaugin Studios, will be streamed once in its entirety. The concert – their last to feature founding drummer Àgust Aevar Gunnarsson, who was subsequently replaced by Orri Pall Dyrason – features material from both Agætis (the stormy “Ný Batterí,” the hypnotic “Olsen Olsen”) and their 1997 debut, Von (the epic “Hafsól,” featuring Georg Holm’s trademark of slapping his bass with a drum stick).
Live at the Icelandic Opera House will be included on a forthcoming deluxe vinyl box set edition of Agætis Byrjun, which will arrive “later in the year,” according to a statement.
Sigur Rós have released seven studio albums – including 2013’s Kveikur, the band’s most recent and first with their new trio line-up, following Sveinsson’s departure. But Agætis Byrjun, the LP that exposed their music to an international audience, remains their definitive statement. It won a Shortlist Music Prize Award in 2001 and has been featured in a number of “Best of” lists throughout the years – including Rolling Stone‘s round-ups of the 40 Greatest Stoner Albums and the 100 Best Albums of the 2000s.