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Weather Gods Smile at Nature Concert

The weather forecast is sunny for tomorrow’s free outdoor concert, organized by Björk to promote environment protection. Sigur Rós and Ólöf Arnalds will also perform and the latest addition to the program is Icelandic band Ghostigital.

According to 24 Stundir, the Nature Concert, which will be held between 5 pm and 10 pm in Laugardalur park in central Reykjavík, will be aired live on the National Geographic channel and on Icelandic news website mbl.is.

Yesterday the concert organizers met with everyone involved in planning and safety matters, including representatives from the police, city authorities, search and rescue teams and the fire department, 24 Stundir reports.

Organizers expect up to 40,000 people to attend the concert. Hulda Gunnarsdóttir of Reykjavík City said admission will be free for the Farm Animal Zoo and the swimming pool in Laugardalur and that concert goers can use the bathroom facilities there.

Attendees can park at the Skating Rink, the Farm Animal Zoo, Laugardalur Sports Hall and Stadium. “But people are naturally encouraged to walk or cycle to the concert to be environmentally friendly,” Gunnarsdóttir said.

Police officers will be present for safety reasons, but chief constable Geir Jón Thórisson believes they will not have to interfere. “We don’t expect much drunkenness in the area because alcohol will not be sold there. It is more like a family festival.”

Ólöf Arnalds has written a special nature awareness song for the occasion intended for people to learn and sing along with at the concert. Click here to listen to her song, “Af Stad.” It can also be downloaded for free.

The organization Sól á Sudurlandi, which fights against further power plants in Thjórsá river, have planted 1001 birch trees and a few sturdy roses in the Laugardalur area to honor the concert organizers, Björk, which means birch, and Sigur Rós, which translates as “victory rose” and is an Icelandic female name.

Former President of Iceland Vigdís Finnbogadóttir donated three tall birch trees to be planted for the concert, one for boys, one for girls and one for all unborn children, 24 Stundir reports.

Click here to read more about the concert.

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