Sigur Ros apologise for Bestival stream no-show

Band blame 'a perfect storm of production issues and technical problems'

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Chris Eustace - 11 September 2012

Having been given time after their slot to review the footage, the band asked for it not to be shown, calling the set “a thoroughly miserable experience” in a statement posted on their website.

The band revealed their unhappiness at being “pushed into daylight” by Sunday headliner Stevie Wonder’s demands, having previously been given a “guarantee” that they’d be able to play in darkness, as they went on to  lament a show without “proper lights and visuals” and “a perfect storm of production issues and technical problems.”

Sigur Ros’ set was due to be streamed on the Bestival Youtube channel at 9pm on Sunday. Organisers had announced earlier that evening on Twitter that they would no longer feature, replacing them with a re-run of New Order’s Saturday night headline set.

The full Sigur Ros statement reads:

"Sigur Rós would like to apologise to anyone disappointed not to see the band's Bestival performance live online last night. Early in the day a decision had been made to delay broadcast till after the show to give the band a chance to review the footage ahead of webcast, since they were dismayed that their guaranteed 'darkness' slot had been pushed into daylight by the expansive demands of the headliner.

The band's only UK show of the year, this would-be highlight of the 2012 calendar, would have to be conducted without proper lights or visuals. Sadly then, a perfect storm of production issues and technical problems conspired to mean that the band went on to have a thoroughly miserable experience on stage too. And to spare everyone’s blushes a decision was made to draw a discrete veil over proceedings. Sorry, but we can be so much better than what you missed. another time, for sure.”

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