Arcade Fire’s Win Butler spins Bowie, Michael Jackson and Fela Kuti in DJ set at London pub

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Frontman spins an eclectic 30-plus song set at the Shacklewell Arms in Dalston

Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler played a special DJ set at a pub in London last night (July 2).

Fresh from the band’s headline slot at Glastonbury at the weekend and ahead of their Hyde Park show tonight (July 3), the singer played a two-hour set into the early hours under the name Windows 98 at The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston.

Addressing the crowd after he set up his laptop and decks, he spoke in French before asking the audience: “Comment ça va (how are you), London?”

Dressed in a black and yellow striped cap and white neckerchief, Butler, who was watched by his wife and band member Regine Chassagne, played a vast range of songs which included Michael Jackson classics ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’ and ‘Beat It’, Roxy Music’s ‘Love Is The Drug’ and David Bowie’s hit single ‘Fame’.

The Arcade Fire frontman, who was backed by two bongo players, also played a number of reggae and Afro-beat numbers, including Fela Kuti’s ‘Zombie’, in his 30-plus song set. Elsewhere he threw in some hip-hop tracks in the form of Public Enemy’s ‘Mind Terrorist’ and Dr Dre’s ‘Xxplosive’.

He wrapped up the show with a huge sing-a-long of Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’ single ‘All Apologies’ which saw Butler singing the lyrics: “All In All Is All We Are”, long after the track had finished.

Arcade Fire will wrap up their week in the UK at Hyde Park tonight.

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