Due to the large amounts of aluminum smelters being built in their home country Björk and Sigur Rós want to play a large outdoor concert so that they can increase awareness of what is happening in Iceland. They believe that their country is far behind on being enviromentally friendly and want the country to be at the forefront of keeping their enviroment clean. You can see the post from the Sigur Rós website.
björk and sigur rós will be holding a large outdoor concert together in reykjavík on june 28th. the concert will be held to raise awareness of environmental issues in iceland.
in an interview in today’s morgunblaðið newspaper, björk criticizes the increasing heavy industry in iceland, particularly the highly pollutant aluminum smelters being built left and right.
“sigur rós and i are neither environmental experts nor politicians, but we travel around the world a lot and we have seen how far behind iceland is in conserving our environment. for example, i was in south america for two months and you could see all these impoverished people recycling. we can’t be 30 years behind but we need to be in the forefront.”
sigur rós and björk will also be teaming up to create a website with input from experts on the icelandic environment, focusing on the alternatives to heavy industry for the icelandic economy.
joining them on stage will be ólöf arnalds as well as foreign guests, to be announced later. the precise location of the concert will be announced at a later date.
This was the post on Björk’s official website:
We are pleased to announce an outdoor concert featuring Björk, Sigur Rós, Ólöf Arnalds and special foreign guests. The concert will take place in Reykjavík, Iceland, on the June 28th. The exact location will be disclosed later on.
The goal of the concert is to raise awareness on environmental issues in Iceland:
“Neither me or Sigur Rós look at ourselves as experts on nature, or as politicians, but we do travel a lot and we believe we know a lot about what image Iceland has abroad, and that we are far behind when it comes to being” Says Björk when asked how the concert came to be. “I spent for example 2 months in South-America and there you saw the poor doing recycling. We can’t be 30 years behind, we need to work together on this and preferably we should be leading the way.”
“Too often battles being fought for nature turn into something negative and mudslinging. We will not go that way, we are not saying that this and that is forbidden, we are rather asking “what about all these other possibilites?”. The 21st century is not going to be another oil century but rather a century where we need to recycle, think green and design both power plants and our surroundings in harmony with nature.”