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The group's third studio effort is due out on August 2

Arcade Fire have announced the release date of their new album ‘The Suburbs’.

Out on August 2, the Montreal group’s third studio effort was co-produced by the band and Markus Dravs, who has worked with the likes of Coldplay, James and Bjork.

Written, arranged and recorded over the past two years in Montreal and New York, the album is the follow-up to 2007’s ‘Neon Bible’.

As previously reported, the Canadian group have today (May 27) issued a 12-inch double A-side single ‘The Suburbs’/’Month Of May’, which had its radio premiere last night (May 26).

Arcade Fire will head to the UK to play this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals in August, while they have also been confirmed to perform at Ireland’s Oxegen festival in July.

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