Photo by Kathryn Yu
It’s been too long since we’ve heard a massed army of Amish-dressed Canadians belting out towering anthems on stage. But this summer, we’re in luck. Arcade Fire have been laying low for a little while now, working on a new album, but they’ll make their grand return to festival stages in this year’s warmer months. They’ve announced a few shows so far, and it seems pretty likely that we’ll know about more shortly.
Alongside Pavement, Weezer, the National, Robyn, Jamie Lidell, the Black Keys, and more, Arcade Fire will perform at Montreal’s Osheaga Festival, which will happen July 31 – August 1. Various sources report that they’ll also take part in Quebec City’s Festival d’été de Québec, which takes over the picturesque city July 8-18, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.
They’ve also got a few overseas shows on the calendar. They’ll play Ireland’s Oxegen Festival, which comes to the city of Naas July 9-11, and also includes Vampire Weekend, Hot Chip, Eminem, Goldfrapp, and more. They’ll do Arendal, Norway’s Hove Festival, which happens June 29 – July 2, along with Beach House, Them Crooked Vultures, Massive Attack, Neon Indian, and more. And on July 4, they’ll hit Belgium’s Rock Werchter, along with the xx, LCD Soundsystem, Pearl Jam, and more.
No U.S. shows announced yet, but Arcade Fire are widely rumored to headline this year’s Lollapalooza alongside a reunited Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, and the Strokes.
07-02 Arendal, Norway – Hove Festival
07-04 Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter Festival
07-09-11 Naas, Ireland – Oxegen Festival
07-31 – 08-01 Montreal, Quebec – Osheaga Festival