Watch Arcade Fire perform surprise open-air show in Paris

Band performs as part of street artist's new exhibition

Arcade Fire singer Win Butler and multi-instrumentalist Regine Chassagne have performed a surprise concert in the gardens of an art gallery in Paris.

The husband and wife pair were invited by French street artist JR to DJ at the launch of his new exhibition JR Au Louvre at the Louvre gallery in Paris.

Rather than DJ, Butler and Chassagne set up drums and keyboards in the Tuleries gardens near the gallery. Their ten-minute performance saw them improvise samba beats and percussion while Butler played keyboards. Watch footage below.


The launch for JR’s month-long exhibition also saw a collaboration concert by electronic musicians Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds and a short film starring Cara Delevingne.

As part of the opening, JR also made the pyramid-shaped Louvre seemingly disappear altogether by placing illusory pictures across the gallery’s 700 glass segments.

Meanwhile, official footage of their concert with David Byrne has been made into a documentary. The two acts teamed up to perform songs by Byrne’s old band Talking Heads at a benefit show in February in Montreal in aid of Chassagne’s charity Kanpe.

Fan-shot footage showed them perform songs including ‘Road To Nowhere’ and ‘This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)’, which are included in the Tidal documentary, which can be viewed here.

Since the concert, it has been rumoured that Talking Heads are set to reform for their first public shows since they split in 1991. Members of the band have denied this, however. They last performed together in 2002 when they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.