Björk announces Cornucopia UK and Ireland tour dates
Björk is back — the Icelandic singer-songwriter has announced 2019 UK and Ireland dates for her new show, Cornucopia.
Based on her 2017 album, Utopia, the immersive concert kicked off at New York City’s The Shed theatre this past May and will visit London, Glasgow and Dublin this November. This is the first time Björk has performed in Blighty since she headlined All Points East in 2018.
Over her 26-year career, Björk has become known for her distinctive falsetto voice, and unique singing, clothing and visual styles — and will certainly not disappoint British fans with Cornucopia. Speaking about the theatrical concert series, NME quotes Björk as saying, “It is my most elaborate stage concert yet, where the acoustic and digital will shake hands, encouraged by a bespoke team of collaborators.”
A nature-inspired fever dream of music, fashion and visuals, Cornucopia is created by Björk and directed by Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel, with costumes designed by French haute couture house Balmain. The 50-piece Icelandic ensemble the Hamrahild Choir backed up the singer at her New York shows, as well as a seven-piece flute band, a harp and several instruments produced especially for the tour.
Additionally, the stage is the vision of Chiara Stevenson — a glowing, multi-level, mushroom-inspired set of structures behind a curtain made of chains with the singer’s face projected across it. The immersive experience is meant to be an opportunity for fans to see what it’s like to be in the former Sugarcubes front woman’s mind, set to the soundtrack of her Utopia album.
Tickets for Björk’s Cornucopia UK and Ireland shows go on sale 9 August 2019. Keep scrolling everything you need to know before you go.
Be there: Björk Cornucopia
- Hometown: Reykjavik, Iceland
- Number of albums: 9
- Musical style: Experimental, electronic, avant-garde
- Most famous singles: "It's Oh So Quiet", "Army of Me”, “Hyperballad”, “I’ve Seen It All”
What are the Björk Cornucopia 2019 tour dates?
Björk will be bringing her Cornucopia immersive experience to the United Kingdom and Ireland for three dates in November, spanning London, Glasgow and Dublin — the first time she has headlined in the Emerald Isle since a legendary set at the Olympia Theatre in 1997. She has also announced additional dates in Mexico, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Each concert includes a 19-song setlist and marks the first time she has performed tracks like “Venus As A Boy", “Hidden Place” and “Show Me Forgiveness” in over a decade. The New York City Cornucopia shows were held at The Shed — the new state-of-the-art theatre space built at the massive Hudson Yards development. Additionally, the concerts included a projected message from Swedish teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg as well, which should give you an idea of the tone Björk was aiming for.
Björk 2019 UK and Ireland tour dates:
- 19 November — O2 Arena, London
- 25 November — SSE Hydro, Glasgow
- 28 November — 3 Arena, Dublin
In addition to announcing new tour dates for her Cornucopia concert series, Björk also released a new music video her song, “Losss”. The track is off of her last album, Utopia. The “Losss” music video was directed by digital artist Tobias Gremmler, who also did the visuals for her last single, “Tabula Rasa”.
Pitchfork quoted Björk’s description of the video: “This is made for the multiple of screens of cornucopia and we share it all here on 1 for your laptop screen. We based it on the conversations between our inner optimist and pessimist , when i recorded this i tried to sing in a deeper tone for one of them and if you listen on headphones it will match the imagery.”
What is the Cornucopia setlist?
While the setlist for Björk’s Cornucopia tour may change between the New York City and UK and Ireland shows, chances are they should stay fairly similar. Notably, the concerts were the first time she performed “Show Me Forgiveness” since 2006, “Venus as a Boy” since 2011 and “Hidden Place” since 2013. The theatrical series also marked the live debut of her songs “Body Memory” and “Future Forever”.
Björk Cornucopia setlist:
- “The Gate”
- “Arisen My Senses”
- “Show Me Forgiveness”
- "Venus as a Boy”
- “Blissing Me”
- “Body Memory”
- “Hidden Place”
- “Mouth’s Cradle”
- “Features Creatures”
- “Pagan Poetry”
- “Sue Me”
- “Tabula Rasa”
- “Future Forever”