Sigur Rós Are Turning Their Margaret Court Arena Gig Into A Push For SSM

Look, you know that shit’s getting pretty dire when international bands are having to come into your country and make a statement about your equality issues.

In the lead up to their Australian tour next month, Sigur Rós have announced that they’re going to be selling limited edition shirts to support the fight for marriage equality, following the controversy around Margaret Court

The Icelandic sweethearts are due to play Margaret Court Arena for their Melbourne show next month, and are going use their presence in the hotly-debated venue to make a stand for marriage equality, and raise funds for Australian Marriage Equality.
“We know Margaret Court’s opinions are not shared by the majority of Australians. We want to add our voice to the call for marriage equality in Australia —right here on Margaret Court Arena itself,” the band said in a statement.
“Australia should be a country that celebrates positivity and inclusion, as well as achievement on the sporting field.”

“We’ve decided to commission a special tee-shirt for this Melbourne show, which we’ll also sell at our Sydney show and at Splendour in The Grass, proceeds from which will go towards support of Australian Marriage Equality.” 

The band also talked about the state of equality in Iceland – where same-sex partnerships have been legal since 1996, marriage equality passed in 2010, and the country has been led by an openly-gay prime minister, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir.

“Let’s make July 27th Margaret Court Arena’s most inclusive night ever and call for every Australian to have the same dignity and respect right here on centre court.”

Game, set, match, Sigur Rós.

Photo: Getty / David Wolff – Patrick.