It’s official: Arcade Fire are headlining Glastonbury 2014. The band will play the Pyramid on the Friday evening, as confirmed on Twitter:
Next year, one week in June pic.twitter.com/mzfhRg0Ut0
— Arcade Fire (@arcadefire) December 19, 2013
“It’s such a communal rite of passage in the UK and there’s this communal spirit,” Win Butler told Zane Lowe. “It’ll be at a point of touring when we’re scary good. We’re super excited to strap on our wellies and let it rip.”
Well, we’re pretty excited too. The Roundhouse shows Arcade Fire played last month were spectacular whether you think new record ‘Reflektor’ is too long or their insistence on a dress code was incredibly lame. The Montreal-based band can seem like an impenetrable family unit to watch live, but Butler engaged with the crowd constantly. Added to this, the mechanic intensity and disco bass-lines of James Murphy-produced ‘Reflektor’ gave the traditional live show an extra dimension. And Butler’s already guaranteed good weather. “The Friday is going to be a gorgeous, Californian sunshine day – if it’s not, we’ll refund your ticket,” he told Lowe.
Bearing in mind most Glastonbury headline setlists come in at around 20 songs, there’s a bit of choice for the Arcade Fire Dream Setlist. Would you rather hear ‘Sprawl II’ or ‘Crown Of Love’ as the sun goes down? ‘Reflektor’ to kick things off or as the finale? Possibly double whammy of ‘No Cars Go’ and ‘Surf City Eastern Bloc’ or an early rousing rendition of ‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’? A ‘Reflektor’ heavy set or more of a mix-up? Do you want to hear the cover of ‘Guns Of Brixton’ or keep it to the Arcade Fire originals? Oh, and here’s hoping David Bowie turns up to do backing vocals…
What’s your dream Arcade Fire at Glastonbury 2014 setlist?