Arcade Fire wound up their 2014 European tour leg in style, headlining on July 3 at London's Hyde Park. The multi-Grammy and Juno winners performed as the open day headliner at London's annual Barclaycard presents British Summer Time festival, held at the city's historic venue
According to an article posted July 4 at NME.com, the Canuck indie-rockers knocked out a steamy 19-song setlist during a balmy evening in the park on London's hottest day of the summer so far. The Montreal natives leaned heavily on their 2013 album Reflektor, playing seven tracks from the release, including the album title track, as well as the singles "Afterlife" and "We Exist."
Towards the end of the set, frontman Win Butler took a poke a local residents who had been complaining about the BST noise levels. Just prior to performing Reflektor's "Here Comes the Night Time," the singer joked to the crowd, "Shh, don't wake the rich people up."
There had been much controversy involving Arcade Fire and fellow Canadian artist Neil Young last week when a URL leak allowing the public an offer for discount tickets for both Young's and Arcade Fire's headline BST shows, intended only for staff of ticket agency AXS, went viral on June 27. An unknown number of fans purchased tickets for a mere £2.50 (approx $4.25 U.S.) for each of the shows. The tickets have a face value of £66 (approx $112.35 U.S.).
BST runs from July 3 - July 13. Upcoming headliners include: Black Sabbath, McBusted, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Libertines and Tom Jones. For more details, check out AXS.com/UK.
Arcade Fire are currently on tour in support of Reflektor, which topped the charts in the U.K., U.S. and Canada and reached No. 1 on iTunes in 40 countries. Following a headline appearance on July 26 at Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, the band will return to North America for a second tour leg, which begins July 30 in Mountain View, Calif. at Shoreline Amphitheatre.
Their next Canadian date will be on Aug. 9 at Squamish, BC as the Saturday headliner at Squamish Music Festival, which runs from Aug. 8 - Aug. 10 and includes headliners Bruno Mars and Eminem. For more information, check out ArcadeFire.com.
Did you know? Arcade Fire won awards for Album of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year for Reflektor at the 2014 Juno Awards.