Arcade Fire have announced the first dates of a “limited number of” shows to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album ‘Funeral’.
The band – comprised of frontman Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara – took to their official Instagram account to reveal that they will be playing shows in celebration of their seminal 2004 debut LP.
The band shared two separate invitation posts that read: “Save the date. Arcade Fire invite you to attend a celebration of the twentieth anniversary of their debut album ‘Funeral’”. The caption of the posts read: “We will be playing a limited number of special concerts, and we would be honored if you would join us. Black tie optional; should be Real Fun.”
The first two dates that have been revealed are on July 2 at the Fiera Milano in Rho, Italy and July 7 at the Malahide Castle in Dublin, Ireland. Echo And The Bunnymen have Been announced as special guests for the Ireland date with more to been shared soon.
A ticket pre-sale is currently available for the Italy date starting today (February 7) with the code: funeral20. Visit here to purchase tickets. The pre-sale for the Ireland date will commence on Wednesday, February 14 with the code: funeral20. Visit here to purchase tickets for the Ireland date.
Arcade Fire released ‘Funeral’ on September 14, 2004 via Merge Records. In 2005, the LP earned a Grammy Award nomination in the category for Best Alternative Music Album. Since its release, ‘Funeral’ has received widespread critical acclaim and has been considered one of the greatest albums of all time.
The band previously played the album in full back in 2018 at their show in Los Angeles on September 20. They treated fans to all 10 tracks – back-to-front – before diving into the rest of their 23 song setlist.
‘Funeral’ is one of many classic 2004 albums which are turning 20 this year. Journalist Rhian Daly wrote: “[the album] was so called after many of the band’s members had suffered losses in their families, but out of grief came a new beginning. The record – a sprawling, epic, theatrical beauty – immediately won the group widespread acclaim, striking a chord with its cathartic and artful compositions.”
The band have been met with controversy in recent years. In August 22, frontman Win Butler was accused of sexual misconduct by four people – who were between 18 and 23 years old at the time of the alleged interactions, between 2015 and 2020 – who accused him of “inappropriate” behaviour. Those actions ranged from sexual assault to sending unwanted explicit text messages and pursuing relationships with fans of the band much younger than him.
The following November, a fifth person came forward to accuse Butler of “emotionally abusive, manipulative, toxic” behaviour towards them, saying the musician used “his power dynamic to exploit my body at times that were convenient for him”.
Butler has denied allegations of misconduct, saying he was “very sorry to anyone who I have hurt with my behaviour” but that all contact with his accusers was “consensual”.
In other news, Arcade Fire have announced a run of festival dates for summer 2024 and are set to play this year’s edition of Bilbao BBK Live. Other acts set to perform at he festival include Massive Attack, The Prodigy, Jungle, Overmono, Ezra Collective, Floating Points, Underworld, Noname, Khruangbin, JPEGMAFIA, Death From Above 1979, Alvvays, Los Bitchos, Parcels and more.