Arcade Fire tell Leeds Festival to sing so loud ‘they’ll hear us in a space station’

Band headline UK festival for the first time

Arcade Fire headlined a UK festival for the first time at Leeds Festival tonight (August 27)].

The Canadian band closed proceedsings on the Main Stage on the first night of the 2010 event. However, frontman Win Butler seemed unhappy with the energy levels shown by the crowd during parts of their performance.

After playing recent single ‘We Used To Wait’, he rushed forward and said: “You guys saving up your energy? I know it’s cold but come on!”

The band did not seem in need of an energy boost themselves, though, giving a high-octane performance that included Butler standing on his piano to clap during ‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)’. Multi-instrumentalist Will Butler, meanwhile, at one point tumbled around his percussion instruments, knocking them over as he played.

As well as songs from ‘The Suburbs’, the group played tracks from their 2005 debut full-length ‘Funeral’ and 2007’s ‘Neon Bible’.

They ended the main part of their set with ‘Neon Bible’ single ‘Keep The Car Running’, then encored with ‘Wake Up’, with Win asking the crowd to sing along so loudly that someone could hear them “in a fucking space station”.

Arcade Fire played:

‘Ready To Start’
‘Neighborhood #2 (Laika)’
‘No Cars Go’
‘Empty Room’
‘The Suburbs’
‘Crown Of Love’
‘Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’
‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)’
‘We Used To Wait’
‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’
‘Rebellion (Lies)’
‘Month Of May’
‘Keep The Car Running’
‘Wake Up’

The band now head to the Reading Festival to headline it tomorrow.

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