UPDATE 11/20/13: Arcade Fire’s Facebook Page has this recent post: “To everyone really upset about us asking people to dress up at our shows… please relax. It’s super not mandatory. It just makes for a more fun carnival when we are all in it together. So far these have been the best shows we have ever played.
See you soon.
Canadian rock band Arcade Fire has recently released a highly anticipated album “Reflektor” and is set to embark on a tour of North America. The band has chosen to enact a rule that attendees are to “please wear formal attire or costume.” NME has reported that singer Win Butler told a crowd in London earlier this month, “To anyone who felt uncomfortable dressing up – I’m not sorry.”
The band has received some backlash for this, with online magazines calling the rule “presumptuous.” Other comments I’ve read have supported the move, stating that dressing up is lacking in today’s events. In my humble opinion, bands should allow their attendance to wear whatever they want. Control is something that should not be in music. Some recent comments on my personal Facebook news feeds:
“Arcade Fire hates poor people.”
“I hope they’re not going to try to sell T-shirts and hoodies at the show. Those are the opposite of formal.”
“I think the issue here is that it’s a rock show, not a[n] upscale wedding”
“It’s pretentious, if you ask me. You’re there for music not a fashion show. Unless specifically you’re playing a fashion show.”
“Dude, don’t tell me shit about any “authentic experience” when your tickets are 50-200 bucks and you permit a “VIP” section. Level Ten Pose Dogs.”
“It’s interesting that they borrowed elements from Haitian music and culture to make their sound for the new album but when touring that album they’re selling it as only for people who can demonstrate their North American privilege.”
“I’ve never listened to them before, and this story has pretty much guaranteed it will stay that way”
“Well, whatever… continue falling for Arcade Fire’s viral marketing campaign. The bigger an issue you make out of this stupid shit, the more money they make.”