Arcade Fire to headline Glastonbury 2014

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

Photo by Debi Del Grande

Arcade Fire have confirmed their biggest show yet in support of Reflektor: they’ll headline the 2014 installment of the Glastonbury Music Festival, CoS informed. It’ll mark the band’s first time at the festival since 2007.

Glastonbury takes place June 25th – 29th in Pilton, UK, and falls smack dab in the middle of the band’s massive summer tour. They’re also set to play European festivals including Barcelona’s Primavera Sound, Denmark’s NorthSide Festival, and Germany’s Hurricane Festival, and are also heavily rumored for Coachella.

See their updated touring docket below:

Arcade Fire 2013-2014 Tour Dates:
01/19 – Gold Coast, AU @ Big Day Out
01/24 – Melbourne, AU @ Big Day Out
01/26-27 – Sydney, AU @ Big Day Out
01/31 – Adelaide, AU @ Big Day Out
02/02 – Perth, AU @ Big Day Out
03/06 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum Center!
03/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
03/10 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
03/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol energy Center
03/13 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Center
03/14 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
03/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
03/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
03/18 – Bridgeport, CT @ Webster Bank Arena
03/29-30 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile
04/01-02 – Bueno Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina
04/05-06 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brazil
04/09 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
04/10 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
04/23 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
04/26 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
04/27 – St. Louis, MO @ Verizone Wireless Amphitheater
04/29 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
05/01 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
05/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphiteatre at Lakewood
05/29/31 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/06 – London, UK @ Earls Court
06/12-15 – Aarhus, DK NorthSide Festival
06/21-22 – Scheessel, DE @ Hurricane Festival
06/21-22 – Neuhausen, DE @ Southside Festival
06/22 – Rome, IT @ Rock In Roma
06/24 – Verona, IT @ Villa Villafranca di Verona
06/27 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
06/29 – Dublin, IE @ Marlay Park *
07/30 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
08/08 – George, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
08/11 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
08/12 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
08/14 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
08/17 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Centre
08/19 – Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
08/20 – Bangor, ME @ Waterfront Pavilion
08/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
08/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
08/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
08/26 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
08/29 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Ampitheatre
08/30 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau

Do Music Reviews Matter To You?


Arcade Fire’s new album, Reflektor, was the target of mercilessly negative reviews. But did any of them change the way people feel about the band and its music?

By Robin Hilton (npr)

Last week’s for the new record, Reflektor, sparked a conversation here in the All Songs Considered office about the weight of a writer’s words, and whether those words have any real effect on a band’s level of success (success in this case being album sales, or otherwise building a fan base).

Twenty years ago (or maybe less), a negative review in print could kill a band. One out of five stars (or a two out of 10) meant no one would buy the record and few people would turn out for live shows. In some cases it was the difference between a band getting picked up by a label or remaining forever unsigned, living mostly in oblivion.

These days, I’m not so sure negative reviews have as much of an effect. If someone wants to know whether or not they like a record, they’ll probably just listen to it online somewhere. It really depends on the band and where it is in its lifespan. A stellar, four- or five-star review for a new or emerging artist could be huge for them. It looks good in press releases and ads. Pull quotes end up on album cover stickers, and the otherwise casual listener might be more inclined to check out the music. For bigger, more established artists, such as Arcade Fire, a bad review probably isn’t going to change what fans think of the band or its music.

Regardless, more than anything, reviews — good or bad — get conversations going. Like Oscar Wilde said, “the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about” and last week everyone was talking about Arcade Fire. Even though many of the reviews were shockingly terrible (and in some cases, I think, ), even the casual listener is probably going to check out Reflektor just to see what the fuss is about.

But what do you think? Do you even read reviews? If so, do you decide what to listen to or avoid based on what you read? Are there any writers you particularly enjoy or trust more than others? Tell us in the comments section.


“People speak sometimes about the “bestial” cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

STREAM Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’

Win Butler of Arcade Fire performs in New York City. Photo:  Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Win Butler of Arcade Fire performs in New York City. Photo: Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

The band’s epic double disc is available on YouTube

After a promotional rollout including surprise shows, teaser videos and Saturday Night Live, the wait is over: Arcade Fire’s new album Reflektor is available to hear in its entirety. An official YouTube stream became available today, set to footage from the 1959 film Black Orpheus. “It’s one of my favorite films of all time,” Win Butler recently told Rolling Stone.

In his recent review, David Fricke gave the album four-and-a-half stars, calling it “the best album Arcade Fire have ever made.”

Reflektor is out October 29th on Merge. Stream it below:

Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Full Album Teaser – Official)

Published on Oct 24, 2013
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0:00:00 Reflektor
0:07:34 We Exist
0:13:17 Flashbulb Eyes
0:16:00 Here Comes the Night Time
0:22:30 Normal Person
0:26:53 You Already Know
0:30:51 Joan of Arc
0:46:22 Here Comes the Night Time II
0:49:07 Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice)
0:55:23 It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus)
1:02:02 Porno
1:08:05 Afterlife
1:14:02 Supersymmetry