5 Reasons Why You Should See Arcade Fire

Let’s face it: Many YPs are music snobs. Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and Osheaga are standard stops on our summer itineraries, and for this reason many of us have become pretty spoiled when it comes to seeing legendary line-ups. That said, Tuesday night was a pretty awesome reminder that bands still exist that are worth getting excited about – even when the show takes place at the Saddledome. Here are five reasons why everyone needs to see Arcade Fire.

1. Dress Code in Effect
In the middle of their Reflektor tour, these Canadian superstars have stirred up quite a bit of controversy with by requesting that everyone come to the show dressed up or in costume. Like it or not, most people did come in some sort of get-up and for a few hours it felt like Halloween. Giant tiger heads, wedding dresses, aliens, and a sea of bowties all rocked out to what was arguably one of the best shows to hit Calgary this year.

2. Songs You Know
Chances are good that if you’re a true fan, you’ve probably been listening to these guys since the days of Funeral, which was circa 2004 to put it all in perspective. When you hear songs like Wake Up and No Cars Go, you can’t help but want to sing along at the top of your lungs. For many of us, those songs bring back great memories of our early university days or summers well spent with friends before we had to worry about serious 9 to 5 jobs. The good days.

To further this point, anyone who’s seen Arcade Fire perform the track The Suburbs live will agree that song hits you on another level and can make even the biggest, toughest guy shed a tear. It’s hard to put a finger on it, but it’s just such a great song. 

3. A Shout Out to Our City
To stick with the slightly absurd art pop conventions, there was a brief shout out to Calgary in the form of bobble head musicians playing a cover of Loverboy’s Working For The Weekend along with a Feist cover. While this part of the performance was quite odd, it still showed the band making an effort to recognize the city… and that deserves mention.  

4. Confetti Rules
Beyond the great music and costumes, there was an endless supply of confetti and streamers being dropped on the crowd throughout the show, which only added to the festive atmosphere. At moments, it felt like a New Year’s Eve party with 10,000 people in attendance.

5. Win Butler is a Really Nice Guy
Anyone smart enough to hit 510 after the show was in for a sweet surprise. Beyond having great seats to watch the endless procession of ridiculous outfits making their way down 17th Avenue, people enjoying a few post-show beverages got to share the bar top with non other than Win himself. In the later hours of the evening, Arcade Fire’s main troubadour, made his way around the bar shaking hands, smiling for photos and chatting with ecstatic locals. It just goes to show that rock stars can actually be nice guys; but in all seriousness, if you still haven’t see an Arcade Fire show, you need to make this a priority. It will be the best decision you’ve ever made when it comes to seeing live music.  


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