Arcade Fire tell fans to ‘relax’ over fancy dress code at gigs

Band clarify that the dress code is 'super not mandatory'

Arcade Fire have issued a statement asking fans to relax about the formal and fancy dress code at their ‘Reflektor’ shows.

The band had previously asked fans to don fancy dress for their string of intimate shows around the release of their new album ‘Reflektor’, and have continued the theme for their bigger dates next year. The dress code reflects the band’s own use of costumes including masks and papier macher heads.

At their first UK show of the campaign, which took place at London’s Roundhouse on November 11, singer Win Butler told the crowd: “To anyone who felt uncomfortable dressing up – I’m not sorry,” said Butler. “At least 70 per cent of you are getting laid tonight… as long as you showered. That’s the secret, boys.”

A statement posted on the band’s Facebook page last night (November 21) reads: “To everyone really upset about us asking people to dress up at our shows… please relax. It’s super not mandatory. It just makes for a more fun carnival when we are all in it together. So far these have been the best shows we have ever played. See you soon.
Love, Arcade Fire.”

Arcade Fire yesterday announced plans for a huge UK show at London’s Earls Court on June 6, 2014. The band revealed the date via a 15-second long video on YouTube. Scroll down to watch the video. Tickets for the show go on sale November 28. Meanwhile, frontman Win Butler has hinted that the band will also play UK festivals next summer.

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