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Just now, evilduck said:

I will cry if they pop up at Glasto, it needs to happen! 

Surely them coming over for Primavera and Glastonbury isn’t *that* out of the question? A few small gigs in the UK in June to build hype?

Really fucking hope this happens now.

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22 minutes ago, Matt42 said:

They need to upload this set. I know Coachella keep their recordings after the livestream but this is an all time Arcade Fire set. They sound incredibly tight. 

When you consider the songs they’ve left out, it really was incredible!

really excited about the possibility of a similar set at the farm, hopefully longer!!

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This is the first time I’ve ever listened to  arcade fire (apart from wake up from the money heist ) and that set has sold me on them! Can’t believe I’d never listened to them properly. 

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Exceptional. Got the setlist perfect and every transition song-to-song or vibe-to-vibe landed. Pretty miffed they won't be at W2 but can't win 'em all.

My Body Is A Cage reborn as a gothic banger was a surprise highlight.

On that note: they reminded me on the stream, ironically given the debate the other day, of The Cure — or more accurately, Talking Heads. Think they are absolutely in that legacy bracket now. Weather the ups-and-downs of trendiness and mainstream appeal, have a few duds in amongst the classics, but a force live and you know an AF/Cure/Heads song when you hear it.

They're just a fantastic group, very much ours no matter what some bitterly territorial posters might claim. 2022 is proving a well-earned redemption arc.

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28 minutes ago, Ddiamondd said:

Exceptional. Got the setlist perfect and every transition song-to-song or vibe-to-vibe landed. 

The transition from Powered Out to Rebellion lies is just perfect. Works every time!

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5 minutes ago, blue6field said:

The transition from Powered Out to Rebellion lies is just perfect. Works every time!

Always a good set when they do that transition. I haven’t had the chance to watch the Coachella set yet but I’m looking forward to seeing it. It’s really exciting having them back, they’re the best live band around for me. I know it was criticised as an album but they were on incredible form during the Everything Now tour. They seem to be going about this album campaign in a better way too, playing smaller shows to get people excited again and not annoying people like the Everything Now promo stuff seemed to. For all they’re maybe not quite the size they once were, I think this album will go a long way to putting them back there. Their popularity might vary a bit at times but @Ddiamonddis spot on with his comparison.

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16 minutes ago, Matt42 said:

@Ddiamondd it sounds like this album is a good one too. Really enjoy what I’ve heard so far.

Totally. Lightning II still gets me super excited. It has that propulsion that really drove the best of Neon Bible / Suburbs. Making a big, early claim for indie rock SOTY.

I'm not a huge fan of Lookout Kid as a single — it's a bit Starbucksy MOR for me on record, although mileage may vary — but from last night's evidence it carries beautifully on stage.

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5 minutes ago, Ddiamondd said:

I'm not a huge fan of Lookout Kid as a single — it's a bit Starbucksy MOR for me on record, although mileage may vary — but from last night's evidence it carries beautifully on stage.

This has confused me, sorry, has it been released?

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4 minutes ago, kingcrawler said:

They seem to be going about this album campaign in a better way too, playing smaller shows to get people excited again and not annoying people like the Everything Now promo stuff seemed to. For all they’re maybe not quite the size they once were, I think this album will go a long way to putting them back there. Their popularity might vary a bit at times but @Ddiamonddis spot on with his comparison.

You've got it in one I reckon. The EN promo cycle and air of dark cynicism just wasn't playing to their strengths — it's like they were too eager to spear not just the fripperies of modernity (they've always done that) but themselves. The line on Creature Comfort about killing yourself while listening to Funeral? Come on.

Every major alt band gets bored of themselves and their big hits after a while — Pavement, Nirvana, Talking Heads, R.E.M., Radiohead, you name it.

But credit to AF for rediscovering the joy. On the evidence of these secret shows, that'll be what carries their 2022 and probably vaults them a notch back up on the circuit/in people's minds.

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To stretch the Talking Heads comparison to breaking point — it's really heartening to know that

a) AF still have it in them to pull out Road To Nowhere / Wild Wild Life-level late career bangers nearly 20 years in

b) Whatever intra-band friction led to Will's departure and EN's vague air of self-loathing has been mollified, rather than leading to their splintering. Not sure Win's solo career would be as vibrant as David's. They're better together.

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18 hours ago, dotdash79 said:

I think festivals have done well this year as the holidaying aboard option was uncertain due to covid, as the picture is clearer expect the bump to be over. 
 

I expect a couple to sell out fast but the rest to struggle. 

I'm not sure - Reading/Leeds sold out in a day and I don't think a whole lot of people who booked that chose it instead of a holiday due to the age demographic, same with Boardmasters.

I think there will be a few more years of this and then it will calm down a bit.

I wonder if the cost of living crisis is helping festivals vs abroad holidays or hindering them.

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