Arcade Fire announce first live dates of 2016

Band will headline European festivals Bilbao BBK Live and NOS Alive

Arcade Fire will headline two European festivals, their first live date of 2016.

The band will headline Bilbao BBK in Spain and Lisbon’s NOS Alive in July. They join fellow NOS Alive headliners Radiohead on the bill for the Portugese festival’s 10th birthday celebrations.

The Chemical Brothers, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, John Grant, Courtney Barnett and The 1975 will also appear at the festival, which takes place in the Portugese capital between July 7-9. Arcade Fire will headline the Sunday night (July 9) after performances from M83 and Jose Gonzalez.


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Meanwhile, in Bilbao, Arcade Fire are joined on the line-up by fellow headliners Foals.

The annual festival takes place in Bilbao from July 7-9 with Pixies, M83, New Order, Hot Chip, Years & Years, Courtney Barnett and Wolf Alice also announced this morning (January 26). More artists are expected to be confirmed in the run up to the festival.

These are the only two European festivals Arcade Fire will play in 2016. The band are reported to be working on a new album since last year with the record said to be “30 per cent done” as of last September.