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Arcade Fire Release New Album 'WE' And Announce World Tour

Following the universally acclaimed reception to singles “The Lightning I, II” and “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid),” Arcade Fire’s WE is released to the world in its entirety via Columbia Records.

WE’s release coincides with the announcement of Arcade Fire’s autumn world tour. In the wake of surprise underplays including New Orleans’ Toulouse Theatre, New York’s Bowery Ballroom, Coachella’s Mojave Tent, and a triumphant visit to the UK with the reopening of iconic London venue KOKO, the WE world tour will see the return of the full production Arcade Fire “must-see live act” (Variety) experience to global stages, launching in Dublin on Tuesday, August 30th and running through December 1st in Toronto. The UK leg of the WE tour – featuring special guest Feist – will kick off in Birmingham on September 2nd ahead of shows in Manchester, Glasgow and London’s O2 Arena. North America will be treated to very special guest Beck playing a nightly acoustic set, starting October 28th in Washington D.C.

Arcade Fire is a Canadian indie rock band, consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, alongside Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara. The band's current touring line-up also includes former core member Sarah Neufeld, percussionist Tiwill Duprate, saxophonist Stuart Bogie and multi-instrumentalists Paul Beaubrun and Dan Boeckner. The band formerly featured Win's younger brother Will Butler, who departed in 2021.

Founded in 2000 by friends and classmates Butler and Josh Deu, the band came to prominence in 2004 with the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Funeral.

Their second studio album, Neon Bible, won them the 2008 Meteor Music Award for Best International Album and the 2008 Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year. Their third studio album, The Suburbs, was released in 2010 to critical acclaim and commercial success. It received many accolades, including the 2011 Grammy for Album of the Year, the 2011 Juno Award for Album of the Year and the 2011 Brit Award for Best International Album. In 2013, Arcade Fire released their fourth album, Reflektor, and scored the feature film Her, for which band members Will Butler and Owen Pallett were nominated in the Best Original Score category at the 86th Academy Awards. In 2017, the band released their fifth studio album Everything Now.

All the band's studio albums have received nominations for Best Alternative Music Album at the Grammys. Funeral is widely considered by music critics to be one of the greatest albums of the 2000s. The band's work has also been named three times as a shortlist nominee for the Polaris Music Prize: in 2007 for Neon Bible, in 2011 for The Suburbs and in 2014 for Reflektor.

The band has been described as indie rock, art rock, dance-rock, and baroque pop.They play guitar, drums, bass guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, xylophone, glockenspiel, keyboard, synthesizer, French horn, accordion, harp, mandolin and hurdy-gurdy, and take most of these instruments on tour; the multi-instrumentalist band members switch duties throughout shows.

Arcade Fire WE European Tour Dates 2022

8/30/22 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena *

9/2/22 – Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena*

9/3/22 – Manchester, UK – AO Arena *

9/5/22 – Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro *

9/8/22 – London, UK – The O2*

9/11/22 – Lille, FR – Zenith *

9/12/22 – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis *

9/14/22 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena *

9/15/22 – Paris, FR – Accor Arena *

9/17/22 – Milan, IT – Mediolanum Forum *

9/18/22 – Munich, DE – Olympiahalle *

9/21/22 – Madrid, ES – WiZink Center *

9/22/22 – Lisbon, PT – Campo Pequeno *

9/23/22 – Lisbon, PT – Campo Pequeno *

9/25/22 – Bordeaux, FR – Arkea Arena *

9/26/22 – Nantes, FR – Zenith de Nantes *

9/28/22 – Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome *

9/29/22 – Berlin, DE – Mercedes-Benz Arena *

10/1/22 – Warsaw, PL – COS Torwar*

Arcade Fire WE North American Tour Dates 2022

10/28/22 – Washington, DC – The Anthem ^

11/1/22 – Camden, NJ – Waterfront Music Pavilion ^

11/4/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center ^

11/8/22 – Boston, MA – MGM Fenway Music Hall ^

11/10/22 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena ^

11/12/22 – Chicago, IL – United Center ^

11/13/22 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory ^

11/16/22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Kia Forum ^

11/19/22 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium ^

11/22/22 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena ^

11/25/22 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena ^

11/27/22 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place ^

12/01/22 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena ^

* with special guest Feist

^ with special guest Beck (acoustic)


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