Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós
Hörður Óttarson
Sigur Rós is one of the 13 nominees for the 2023 Nordic Council Music Prize.


Since its formation in 1994, Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós has forged a career characterised by exquisite songwriting that incorporates classical and minimal aesthetic elements, relentless experimentalism and powerful, breathtaking live performances. The bands singular, artistic vision has brought it international fame, acclaim and continuous high praise from critics, one of them famously describing its sound as “God crying golden tears in heaven”. Sigur Rós’s continued relevance stems from a stubborn refusal to rest on its laurels as seen in its interdisciplinary work with artists, choreographers, filmmakers, and Icelandic rímur singers, to name but a few. Sigur Rós is especially renowned for its live shows, described by fans and reviewers as a transcending, almost religious-like experience. This year will see the release of the band’s eighth studio album, followed by an extensive world tour.