Watch Arcade Fire play ‘Vampire/ Forest Fire’ for the first time in seven years

The 2003 track will feature on the Record Store Day re-issue of the band's debut EP

Arcade Fire surprised fans at Manchester Arena last night (April 8) with a performance of ‘Vampire/Forest Fire’ – the track’s first live outing in 7 years. Check out fan footage below.

Win Butler and co took to the stage as part of their Infinite Content UK tour, which is set to hit London’s Wembley Arena later this week. The band have been performing special ‘in the round’ spectacles in support of their fifth studio album ‘Everything Now’.

While storming through a career-spanning set in Manchester, the Canadian bunch dug out 2003’s ‘Vampire/Forest Fire’. The stirring track featured on their debut self-titled EP, released prior to debut album ‘Funeral’. The rare live performance comes ahead of the band re-issuing the EP for this year’s Record Store Day.


The 7-track release will be available on transparent blue vinyl. It also features an older version of ‘No Cars Go’, which was later re-recorded for 2007’s ‘Neon Bible’.

Ahead of the Manchester show, Win Butler surprised clubbers in the city on Saturday night with a secret DJ set. According to reports, he showed up at Deaf Institute with just a MacBook and a bottle of whiskey, and selected songs for two hours.

In the frontman’s set were tracks by the likes of Barry White, MIA, The Rapture, Can, Sylvester, Human League, Donna Summer, and Blondie.

With the tour kicking off in Dublin last week, the band paid tribute to The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan with a cover of ‘Linger‘.


Arcade Fire released ‘Everything Now’ last year. They promoted it with a campaign filled with “dress codes” at their shows, a series of fake news stories, and claims to be selling to a $109 fidget spinner. The campaign saw mixed reactions, and Butler has since said people didn’t get the joke.