Sound: The pure energy and emotion that the band, but Jonsi in particular put into the performance was incredible. Jonsi's voice is truly unique, like the band as a whole and the band did not put a foot wrong during the concert. The acoustics in the Palace were excellent and this only lent to the incredible atmosphere inside. I was disappointed to find the whole orchestra would not be performing but as soon as they stepped on stage it was obvious that, although they are a nice addition, they are not necessary. Jonsi's haunting cello-bow guitar and the whole group's instrumental prowess are all that are required for a magical evening. The quality of The Music was incredible and was consistent throughout the night. // 10
Perfomance: The first thing to note about the audience was the range of different people. Sigur Ros are a band with a relatively small following. Despite this there were children and older people as well. The international contingent was also incredibly strong. There were Irishmen, Frenchmen, Spaniards, Italians and Germans all at the concert. This mix of people was unusual but added to the whole experience.
The band started with Svefn G Englar. I was concerned that playing one of their most-loved songs to begin with would lead to a decrease in excitement and quality however this was not the case. The whole evening was well balanced between the more melancholic songs and the more upbeat. The "classics" such as Svefn and Ny Batteri were also well balanced with newer material such as an extended version of Hoppipolla, and their final song, Gobbledigook. // 10
Overall Impression: Alexandra Palace is in a Park in London and so it is very difficult to get to. However what you do get is a Victorian Palace which is beautiful and has excellent acoustics. The beauty of the venue added to the gig. Before writing this UG tells me to "Be Critical" but this is impossible. The concert was not just a good gig, sounded good band didn't hit any bum notes, it was epic. I could throw all kinds of cliches at the gig but they just wouldn't do it justice. It was simply a magical night, that was almost indescribable. // 10