The last we heard from Arcade Fire was a couple of weeks ago when some of the members led a second line parade through the streets of New Orleans in honour of their friend and supporter David Bowie.
This week the group announced the first live shows of 2016, though their fans around the globe will be disappointed to note that at present there are just three planned.
The first will take place in the group’s hometown of Montreal on Feb. 19. It’s a star-studded show designed to benefit KANPE, a charity for Haiti co-founded by the band’s Haitian-born singer and multi-instrumentalist Régine Chassagne. The concert will be held at Montreal’s Society for Arts and Technology, with special guests including David Byrne, Saul Williams and Rainn Wilson.
The group then reconvene in the summer for a couple of big European festivals. First up is the Bilbao BBK Live fest in Spain (July 7-8), where the band will perform alongside The Pixies, Foals, Hot Chip, Father John Misty, and more.
Arcade Fire then cross the border to Portugal, for the NOS Alive Festival, on July 9. They will share headliner status there with Radiohead, with other major acts there being the Chemical Brothers, the 1975, Tame Impala and Robert Plant. At BBK, the band will perform alongside Pixies, Foals, Hot Chip, Father John Misty, and more.
According to a press release, at the festivals, Arcade Fire will perform “a unique and unrepeatable concert that will review their greatest hits, including those from their latest album, Reflektor.”