Sigur Rós were the headline band on the third and final day of A Perfect Day festival in the picturesque setting of Castello Scaligero, in Villafranca on the outskirts of Verona.
The forecast was for rain and possible thunderstorms but, miraculously, it stayed dry for us punters packed inside a fortress where a full moon seemed to have been specially ordered to add to the atmosphere.
It was the first time I’d seen the band live, although from twenty years of consuming recordings + DVDs and ,after seeing Jónsi during his solo tour, I felt I had a fair idea of what to expect.
It was good to be among an audience to pay collective tribute to this unique group who have produced some of the most astounding and moving music over the past two decades. There’s no substitute for being at a concert and sharing the experience with other fans even if, nowadays, this means having to peer past a veritable sea of mobile phones and cameras held aloft as an obsessive digital-capture ritual.