June 27, 2008 12:51 PM Subscribe
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, Ólöf Arnalds
and Sigur Rós
are teaming up for a free concert
- which aims to raise awareness of the proliferation of aluminium smelting plants in Iceland.
Held in a large park near the centre of Reykjavik, will be broadcast live on the Nat Geo Music
and all of the performances will be in broad daylight with Iceland’s dramatic rolling scenery providing a perfect backdrop to what is expected to be one of the biggest concerts the country has seen.
The festival also aims to publicize Andri Snær Magnason's book Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual to a Frightened Nation
, an Icelandic bestseller about the environmental situation that will be published in an English translation next month.
"Too often battles being fought for nature turn into something negative and into 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 possibilities?' 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."
Sigur Rós vocalist Jón Thor Birgisson:
"We are not a political band and don't think musicians should set themselves as spokespeople on anything at all, but sometimes you see things going on in your own backyard and find that just as a human being you cannot stand by and do nothing. The changes that are going on in Iceland need to be the subject of debate and not snuck through the back door because no one lives in the wilderness and there is urban apathy or a general lack of awareness."
In 2007, Björk released the Grammy-nominated Volta, her sixth studio album. Sigur Rós has just released Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust