Arcade Fire played their biggest ever UK show in Hyde Park last night (June 30 – full report online now). Here’s a look at the historic shows.
Hyde Park was turned into a ‘Suburbs’-themed festival, flanked by a cinema tent showing the new Scenes From The Suburbs film, an arcade tent where punters could play retro games like Galaga, and a whiskey tent.
The seven piece played tracks from their most recent album ‘The Suburbs’.
“We just wanted to make it a special little day and the weather did more than anything to help,” Win Butler said.
Beirut supported the band. Their album ‘The Rip Tide’, is released on August 29 on Pompeii Records.
Beirut will return to the UK in September for their own shows.
Arcade Fire watched their support acts from the side of the side.
Arcade Fire premiered their Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are) directed film in February at the Berlin Film Festival. It was billed as a “companion piece” to the album and focuses on a group of teenagers living in a disturbing suburban dystopia.
Justin from support band The Vaccines recently courted controversy when he said: “Glastonbury is a mainstream festival, look at how many people are here – there’s like a quarter of a million people here and it’s a mainstream fetival and those are three mainstream artists.”
The Vaccines hit the road again this summer with a string of festival dates across Europe. They will headline their biggest dates ever, culminating in a show at the Brixton Academy in early December.
Opening act The Vaccines are set to support Arctic Monkeys on a late autumn tour, beginning in October.
Mumford & Sons completed the Hyde Park line-up. Liam Gallagher recently said of the band: “I’m sure they’re all nice lads but that’s not for me, man. They look like f***ing Amish people.”
Nevertheless, post-Glastonbury sales of Mumford & Sons’ ‘Sigh No More’ were up 775%. Hyde Park took them to their hearts too.
Marcus Mumford said he was worried about forgetting lyrics at the gig. He told Q: “Forgetting words is the worst, it happens a lot, especially when we do live television. Of course we get nervous, (and there’s a lot of) shaking, panic attacks, sweating a lot, crying a little bit, a desperate need for the toilet.”
Mumford added: “With these giant shows I always feel the first few rows aren’t real, There’s an ecstasy that happens when you’re in the front rows of a gig, it doesn’t matter who’s onstage, it’s always a frenzy and you’re squashed and you’re probably quite drunk so that’s not the reality. So if you can engage the furthest person back, then you can get everyone else to engage.”
“What can fans expect? Well, it should be a great show,” singer Win Butler said ahead of the show. “We’re just gonna do what Arcade Fire do best – just get out there and play some rock ‘n’ roll.”
Read our brief review from the show online now, and grab next week’s magazine for the full verdict.
Butler told The Belfast Telegraph that the band had hired a chef named Fiona to cater for the band. He said: “We actually figured out a trick, since there were so many people and it costs so much to feed us, that if we bring someone to cook for us it costs the exact same amount of money.”
Butler added that it was sometimes difficult for her to create something out of nothing. “You’re in the middle of a field in Germany with only mud and bread, and you have to figure out how to make a delicious meal.”
Playing ‘Month Of May’ Butler said: “You know all the rich people who live near this field, they make sure you can’t make a little noise”.
The band also played tracks from ‘Neon Bible’ and their debut.
During the set the band played: ‘Ready To Start’, ‘Wake Up’, ‘No Cars Go’, ‘Haïti’, ‘Intervention’, ‘Rococo’ , ‘Speaking In Tongues’, ‘Crown Of Love’, and ‘The Suburbs’.
They continued with ‘Month of May’, ‘Rebellion (Lies)’, ‘Neighborhood #2 (Laika)’, ‘We Used to Wait’, ‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’, ‘Keep The Car Running’, ‘Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’, and ‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)’.
“That was the least time we’ve been scared doing a song we’ve only really played in rehearsal to 60,000 people, so thank you so much,” frontman Win Butler told the crowd.
According to Butler, the band aren’t planning on playing the UK “for a couple of years.”