Here’s a bank holiday Monday surprise.
Björk has announced that she will bring her Cornucopia tour to Ireland for a gig this November 28th at the 3Arena. The Icelandic artist hasn’t played a solo headline Irish show in 22 years.
Cornucopia (also called Björk’s Cornucopia) is the tenth concert tour and first theatrical production by Icelandic singer and songwriter Björk. Debuting as a residency show on eight non consecutive nights at Manhattan’s The Shed culture centre, it was one of the first shows being performed at the venue, which was inaugurated in April 2019. Concepted upon Björk’s ninth studio album, Utopia (2017), it is directed by Argentine film director Lucrecia Martel, and was described as the singer’s “most elaborate stage concert yet.”
The show featured several digital visuals created by media artist Tobias Gremmler, while Chiara Stephenson provided the stage design, which was made to resemble fungi. Onstage, Björk was backed by The Hamrahlid Choir, an Icelandic 50-people choir, which would also open the show. The live band included a 7-piece flute ensemble, an harp, percussions, electronics and also a number of bespoke instruments, which were implemented in the surround sound stage design. Björk requested a reverb chamber to feature onstage, in which she could sing before technical equipments, to mimic the way she usually compose her music. Björk and the band wore dresses by Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing and Iris van Herpen. A speech by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was projected onstage as an interlude before the encore.