Ólafur Arnalds played at Boomtown Festival in Gent, Belgium on 22nd Jul 2011, and you can let us know what you thought of the event if you attended, or share some photos with us and other fans.
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I went to two of the three shows you played in Belgium, one in the box (tent) and one in the building. The last one was much better (i mean the silence and thus in a way also the music).
I asked about the sweater after the last show, unfortunately it was sold out. I hope you can put it on the site within a few weeks, it would be a wonderful birthday present...
I really appreciate your honesty, humour and intimate way of talking with us. If it's been a really hard tour, I don't think it's easy to say over and over again that you're having trouble writing 'sad music'. I would like to say that for me, your music reflects also a lot of hope, when I listen to them.
It's good to do for sometime something else, like writing 'happy popsongs'. I really hope you find the inspiration again to write like you want. I'm not sure that the help of the audience will help you for your new album (because there were a lot of terrible singers and persons who haven't heard of rhythm, indeed), but i hope it makes you feel better, you have an amazing talent and although I know everyone says those things to you, believe me, you're not a bad, but a good musician. The point that you have doubts about what's a good and what's a bad idea, is already a proof. Another one is that you're able (and you dare) to create music in front of the audience or in a day or two. And a final (always the best) one , every time I come to your show, it doesn't matter if it's a solo or a 'regular' one, is tje silence.
Thank you very much and good luck in all ways
I remember talking to Ólafur at his show in Roeselare last year.
I said then that I found his music somewhat nostalgic, and only after I realized that he was right when he told me he didn't think that to be true.
It's so much more than that...
I was really happy that I could attend this show tonight, even though I missed the chance to reserve my place like I was supposed to.
I enjoyed seeing him at work on his own. Ólafur was really entertaining in between the songs. I already knew he was funny, but this concept showed us another side to him.
Another positive point was the fact that we could see the process of how several layers become a coherent song. And even when it somehow happens that something turns a little bit wrong, it's all part of the process. And one has no choice but to respect that.
At 24 his brilliance still keeps on showing through his music. And I would gladly give a month's wage to have everything he has ever recorded...
Even though you think it's kind of depressing that you create such sad music. I still would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your music soothes the soul. And even though I know every song by heart, they still touch me every time I hear them.
I know it's not the right place to take my question, but anyhow, your show in London this July will be similar to a show you did on July 1, 2010 in Manchester with a Symphony Orchestra (that case I must be there) ?
thanks for your time,