Arcade Fire go back to school to play gig

'Neon Bible' is launched in band member's old dinner hall

Arcade Fire played a gig in an Canadian school last night (January 19).

The band played in the dinning room of Canterbury High, Ottawa which, as previously reported on NME.COM, was the school attended by band member Richard Reed Parry.

The 400 capacity show as limited to current students and alumni, and cameras and phones were banned from the show although some footage from the night has since appeared on Youtube (see below).

The band used the hour long set to preview material from their forthcoming album ’Neon Bible’, including ’Intervention’, along with the songs from their debut ’Funeral’.

“The instrumentation was simply amazing,” 17-year-old Megan Miller told the Ottawa Citizen after the show. “They had two French horns going, three violinists, there was a bass clarinet, a clarinet, of course a bass guitar, they had a upright double bass going on, there was at least three keyboards …. the drum set was amazing, they had the accordions, there was a mandolin.”

The show was staged to help raise money for the Canterbury Arts Centre Development Association, a charity that supports the school’s arts lessons.

The set was:

‘Black Mirror’

‘Keep the Car Running’

‘No Cars Go’

‘Black Wave/Bad Vibrations’


‘Ocean Of Noise’

‘Rebellion (Lies)’



‘The Well And The Lighthouse’

‘Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)’

Arcade Fire are now set for a full tour. The band are due to play sold-out shows in Montreal, New York and London in the next few weeks before they mount a full European tour in the spring.

They play:

Dublin Olympia (March 5,6)

Manchester Apollo (8,9)

Glasgow Barrowlands (11,12)

London Brixton Academy (14,15,16,17)

Paris Olympia (19,20)

Stockholm Circus (23)

Oslo Centrum Scene (24)

Copenhagen Vega (25)

Berlin Postbanhof (27)

Munich Elserhalle (28)

Lyon Transbordeur (31)

Cologne E-Live Music Hall (April 1)

Utrecht Vredenburg (2)

Brussels Halles de Schaerbeek (4)

Lille L’Aeronef (5)

The band’s new album ‘Neon Bible’ is released on March 5 in the UK.