SIGUR RÓS BRINGS THEIR WORLD TOUR TO PHILADELPHIA

Words & Photos by Michael Ryan Kravetsky

June 9, 2022

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Sigur Rós walked onto the stage at The MET (Philadelphia, PA) just after 8:00pm on June 7th and opened with “Vaka,” which was a perfect way to start off the evening as it’s the opening track off ( ) - their third full-length album released in October 2002. The crowd was excited to see Sigur Rós again after about 5+ Years applauding after almost every song, but was also so silent at times you could hear a pin drop, like when Jonsi would extend his vocals and breath holding a note for 20-30 seconds at times.


This was a very special night in Philadelphia with no opening band; Sigur Rós performed 2 AMAZING Sets (with a brief intermission) playing songs from their entire catalog as well as a couple of new songs! Sigur Rós founding members Jónsi and Georg Holm are joined on this tour by former band member Kjartan Sveinsson (who is rejoining the band almost a decade after stepping away to focus on other projects) and multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Björn Ólafsson on Percussion. The last 4 times I’ve seen Sigur Rós, they performed as a 3 Piece band, having Kjartan Sveinsson back on stage really made their sound more dynamic and robust, I hope he’s back for good!


The visuals and production of the show had the vibe of Pink Floyd/Radiohead at times but also featured their signature visual elements that were used in previous Sigur Rós tours with the birds on the wires and Ship floating in the sky above the sea during “Ekki múkk.” The combination of their music, performance, and lighting provides a wavelength that hits me deep in my soul; touching on every emotion and feeling I have in my body. I love the journey that they take me on each time I see them and the standing ovation at the end of the show made me realize other fans there must be having a similar experience. There was something powerful happening, not a word was spoken to the audience/crowd by any member of the band throughout the performance, but there was much communicated throughout the evening through their performance.


This is a MUST SEE tour and you still have a chance to see them in Brooklyn or at The Beacon Theater (NYC) next week, not only do they sound amazing live but it was truly a magical sensory experience. This is unlike any other show you’re going to see this year or decade, I feel so fortunate to be able to capture some of the evening to share with our readers! You can see the full list of tour dates here: https://sigurros.com/tour.

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Michael Ryan Kravetsky is a contributing photojournalist to APV and owner of Watermrk Studios, based in Monmouth County. Michael’s photographs have been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, Variety, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Daily News, Time Out NY, The Asbury Park Press, Artists Websites & National Marketing Campaigns. He received his BFA, from the SUNY Purchase School of Art + Design, in 2002.

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