Who: Arcade Fire
Where And When: Hyde Park, June 30
Vibe: Spurred on by Mumford & Sons’ finger plucking folk anthems it feels like everyone’s been dancing around a giant campfire by the time Arcade Fire stride onstage. The fact that Hyde park’s been turned into a suburb-themed festival, flanked by a cinema tent showing the new ‘Scenes From The Suburbs’ film, an arcade tent where you can play retro games like Galaga, and a whiskey tent may also have something to do with the carnival atmosphere on display tonight.
Best Bit: Hearing 60,000 people bellow the intro to ‘Wake Up’ and the outro to ‘Rebellion (Lies)’. Ooh ‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’ and ‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)’ were pretty damn special too.
Low Point: The sound was a bit ropey to begin with and they played ‘Wake Up’ way too early.
Banter: Win was on top tongue-lashing form complaining about the “rich neighbours” who’ve got a problem with a little noise. That explains the early curfew then.
Verdict: Like Foo Fighters in 2006, playing Hyde Park will undoubtedly prove to be a major milestone for Arcade Fire. Next stop Wembley Stadium. It was just lacking that transcendent something.