bestival, isle of wight, united kingdom

September 11th, 2010 external links: venue - last.fm - facebook
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  1. Matt Leeds says:

    Just back from Bestival where i saw Jonsi play for the first time. I was totally blown away by the show, one of the highlights of an already great festival. Cant wait to see Jonsi play again, amazing!!!

  2. If all that glistens is gold, then Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi is 24-carat at the very least; the stirring gentleness with which he blusters through the inherent beauty of debut solo LP proper Go is bone marrow-quaking. Adorned in a tasseled jacket Gok Wan would turn back to chip fat for, the likes of reedy tonsil-quiverer Tornado and appropriately barge-sounding Hengilas are akin to the calm before the tempestuous eye of an apocalypse, an apocalypse that you almost want to be sucked into just to flood your ears with Jón Þór Birgisson’s extraterrestrial falsetto. Whirring strings and dual drums as impressionable as Sigur Rós’ very own Orri Páll Dýrason make Kolnidur entirely enamouring, engrossing and ultimately, irresistible. Although it’s when Jónsi steps out from behind the shadows of his twinkling keys and hammers away at an acoustic guitar on a bewitching Go Do that the sound of hearts erupting and jaws dropping down into inches of muddied earth is vastly amplified. Fantastical in the extreme, a relentless finale curtailed by Grow Till Tall transforms reality to a fairytale-stained fiction, its pages few could possibly wish to close.

  3. Lexie says:

    back from festival, Jonsi being the most surprising highlight! Didn’t plan to see him but had a spare half hour or so and now so glad i did! absolutely fantastic, ordered the album already.

  4. Edward says:

    Was the BEST thing by miles at Bestival. Absolutely stunning set. Took my breath away, probably one of the best live things I have ever seen as well! Mind blowing stuff. Thankyou! xxxx

  5. George says:

    Totally out of this world. Bought my to tears…. Deffinatly my favourite act of bestival, and possibly one of the best shows I have ever seen. Thank you…

    PS – have just recieved the album and it is just as good.

  6. PJ Davy says:

    I’ve been a fan of Sigur Rós for years and more recently Jonsi’s solo projects and never seen either live, so when I saw that he was at Bestival, it was the deciding factor of me wanting to sell everything I own and get a ticket. I have absolutely no regrets whatsoever because Jonsi is without doubt the best artist I’ve seen live and out of a Bestival that had so many highlights, his set was the stand out. I don’t think I can ever recall experiencing a better marriage of audio and visuals. I’ll be going to see Jonsi play at the HMV Hammersmith in November and can’t wait to see what they do with the stage set up there, I expect it’ll top his Bestival show!

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