MTV Review: Arcade Fire Light Up Hyde Park With Blazing Performance
The Canadian band glimmered on the opening day of the British Summertime Festival...
Arcade Fire’s light still shines brightly after delivering a breathtaking performance in London’s Hyde park (July 4).
The band who headlined Glastonbury Festival just a week before played songs from their back catalogue and earlier EP, Funeral, as the sun set behind thousands of revelers.
The Feeling: Watching a band at the top of their game, blurring the lines between musical styles. At times one big sparkly disco complete with glitter and confetti as the band played their most recent album Reflektor, at others a psychedelic Woodstock complete with rainbow and sixties inspired stage visuals.
The Look: Glitter and confetti everywhere, for the band white sparkly suits, face paint, cabaret masks, the band harked back to the glam rock of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and Bryan Ferry’s Roxy Music.
Tunes: A career spanning set list that included some of their most well known numbers, the band delivered songs from The Suburbs and Neon Bible including 'Keep The Car Running' and a stunning rendition of 'Sprawl'. The real crowd pleaser was Bowie collab, Reflektor that was until their encore when front man Win Butler commanded the crowd through their defining track, Wake Up which ignited cries and shouts from every direction.
Banter: Before the band came to the stage a group of performers started playing instruments with model bobble heads on, before the crowd realized this was not the the band in disguise.
Special Guests: None needed unless you count the giant bobble head dressed as the Pope dancing to ‘Sympathy For The Devil’, which was a pretty special moment.
Summary: One to remember and cherish for Arcade Fire fans, anyone who missed them at Glasto and everyone else. You won’t see many better live performances, as the band finished their set confetti was pumped into the crowd as far as the eye could see.
By Theo Watt