Arcade Fire at the O2 Arena, London: December 1st

(This is a short article for multiple reasons, to be explained later)
Words and images by Braden Fletcher

o2 Arena Crowd

It’s been a good 2010 for Arcade Fire. Third album The Suburbs received huge acclaim and headline shows this summer had great response. Tonight, half way through their European tour, the o2 Arena is their biggest UK show to date, a huge step up for Montreal’s finest.

With a set mixing all of their three albums, Ready to Start blends into Funeral’s Neighbourhoods whilst crowd favourites Keep the Car Running and rarely played My Body is A Cage are huge. Praising both the snow and student protests, front-man Win Butler thanked the assembled for filling the venue for as the band have “never had a hit record.” Seeing how much the band have come along in both refining their sound and upping the performances, Arcade Fire have really earnt their fans. Rebellion (Lies) closes the main set with huge amounts of passion and power. The night ends with one of the most emotive sing-alongs of the last decade with Wake Up. They’re possibly the smallest-big-band in the world, but everyone present knows there’s something special about Arcade Fire


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