Iceland Nature concert a success

photo by Olafur Kr. OlafssonnAround 30,000 people attended the Nattura outdoor concert in Reykjavik on Saturday evening.

The event was organised by the performing musicians: Bjork, Sigur Ros, Olof Arnalds and Ghostdigital.

People converged on Reykjavik from all over Iceland, and all over the world for the event designed to highlight the plight of the Icelandic countryside at the hands of aluminium companies and the huge hydro electric and geothermal power stations needed to power their smelters.

Today, event organisers including Bjork, the members of Sigur Ros and Einar Orn Benediktsson of the Sugarcubes (who played with Ghostdigital on Saturday) have been named ‘Special Friends of the UN’ for their localised message which is also “relevant to the entire planet”.

Police reported no major incidents with the large crowd, and attendees are reported to have left swiftly and peacefully – no doubt because of the chilly temperatures.

The sun shone throughout the performance, but chilly winds brought temperatures well below those on an average June evening.

In addition to the 30,000 fans in the Laugardalur Park, 2.5 million people watched the event live on the National Geographic website, according to visir.is. National Geographic will feature concert highlights on their website for the next week. The concert was also broadcast live on mbl.is, the website of Iceland’s biggest pay-per-copy newspaper, Morgunbladid.

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