Arcade Fire announce live return with 2014 dates

Band will join Blur and Pearl Jam on Australia's Big Day Out touring festival in January

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Arcade Fire have announced details of their first live dates for 2014.

The band, who are preparing to release their fourth album in October, will perform live on the Big Day Out touring festival of Australia and New Zealand in January. Lining up alongside Blur and Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire will top a bill which also includes Major Lazer, Snoop Dogg, Tame Impala and DIIV. Big Day out will start on January 17 in Auckland before visiting Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.

Earlier this year former LCD Soundsystem leader James Murphy spoke to NME about the new Arcade Fire album, currently untitled, which he is helping produce. Quizzed on what it sounds like, Murphy said: "It sounds like Arcade Fire in the way that only Arcade Fire sound like Arcade Fire, you know? It's really fucking epic. Seriously. I mean, I feel at this point like I'm too close to it to really talk it up and do it justice. You know?"

Arcade Fire announced the news of the record's release last week by replying to a fan on Twitter who wrote "you're my favourite".

Arcade Fire released their debut album 'Funeral' in 2004. This was followed by 2007's 'Neon Bible' and 2010's 'The Suburbs'.

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