The band released the record – their sixth so far – earlier today (May 6) and will hit the road in September, following on from one-off dates in New Orleans, New York, Coachella, and London in the run-up to the LP’s release.
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The tour will kick off in Dublin on August 30, taking the group across the UK and into Europe throughout September. The North American leg of the tour will begin in Washington D.C. on October 28, running until a final stop in Toronto on December 1.
Tickets for all tour dates will go on general sale to the public at 10am local time next Friday (May 13). Arcade Fire has partnered with the social and environmental justice non-profit PLUS1 on the tour to ensure that £1/$1/€1 from every ticket will go to KANPE, a foundation committed to supporting the most vulnerable communities in Haiti.
VIP packages will also be available, offering exclusive merchandise, access to pre-show VIP lounges, premium tickets and more. More information is available here.
Arcade Fire will play:
30 – Dublin, IE, 3Arena
2 – Birmingham, UK, Utilita Arena Birmingham
3 – Manchester, UK, AO Arena
5 – Glasgow, UK, OVO Hydro
8 – London, UK, O2 Arena
11 – Lille, FR, Zenith
12 – Antwerp, BE, Sportpaleis
14 – Cologne, DE, Lanxess Arena
15 – Paris, FR, Accor Arena
17 – Milan, IT, Mediolanum Forum
18 – Munich, DE, Olympiahalle
21 – Madrid, ES, WiZink Center
22 – Lisbon, PT, Campo Pequeno
23 – Lisbon, PT, Campo Pequeno
25 – Bordeaux, FR, Arkea Arena
26 – Nantes, FR, Zenith de Nantes
28 – Amsterdam, NL, Ziggo Dome
29 – Berlin, DE, Mercedes-Benz Arena
1 – Warsaw, PL, COS Torwar
28 – Washington D.C., The Anthem
1 – Camden, NJ, Waterfront Music Pavilion
4 – Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
8 – Boston, MA, MGM Fenway Music Hall
10 – Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
12 – Chicago, IL, United Center
13 – Minneapolis, MN, The Armory
16 – Los Angeles, CA, The Kia Forum
19 – San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
22 – Seattle, WA, Climate Pledge Arena
25 – Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
27 – Edmonton, AB, Rogers Place
1 – Toronto, ON, Scotiabank Arena
The band have also spoken to NME for this week’s Big Read cover story, discussing the making of ‘WE’, the departure of band member Will Butler and their upcoming tour plans. In the interview, frontman Win Butler said he hopes the 2022 dates would represent “the definitive Arcade Fire tour”.
Arcade Fire will serve as the musical guest on tomorrow’s (May 7) episode of Saturday Night Live, which will be guest hosted by actor Benedict Cumberbatch. In a new promo clip, the actor attempts to present the segment according to the script, but his efforts are scuppered by cast member Ego Nwodim and the members of Arcade Fire.
Last week (April 29), the band played the reopening of London’s iconic KOKO venue – marking their first live appearance in the UK since 2018. You can read the NME review of the gig here.
In a four-star review of ‘WE’, NME said: “Our global journey from fear to appreciation is played out in what Arcade Fire themselves accurately describe as a “concise 40-minute epic”. Philosophically, they haven’t been so focussed since 2010’s ‘The Suburbs’, nor so musically dramatic since 2007’s ‘Neon Bible’. Subscribe.”