Arcade Fire - Hyde Park, London
Despite the unpredictable weather conditions in London, the fans were out in force at Hyde Park for Arcade Fire. An afternoon of great performances from the likes of The Vaccines, Beirut and Mumford & Sons most certainly warmed the crowd up for the Canadian indie rockers.
Beginning their set with a clip of scenes from the short film The Suburbs, which is featured on the deluxe edition of the album, the anticipation was over as the many members of the band made their way onto the stage, and started their set off with, aptly enough, ‘Ready to Start’. Their next song, 'Wake Up' was unleashed early - usually being their finale - but it still went down well with the fans, and got a lot of cheers upon being played.
The band were very energetic on stage as usual, and it was hard to keep up with some of the members, with frontman Win Butler dashing from the synthesizer to bass along the way.
The front rows of fans were singing eagerly along and seemed to be having a good time, although I maybe saw the biggest reaction from the crowd come from the sub-headliners. Things picked up as the set went on, and around half way is when the audience really began to let loose and really get into it. As someone who tends to cover rock and metal shows, Arcade Fire's performance seemed really 'out there' and different from what I have seen in the past, and it was refreshing to see a band with such a unique presence on stage.
Setlist: Ready To Start / Wake Up / No Cars Go / Haiti / Intervention / Rococo / Speaking In Tongues / Crown of Love / The Suburbs / Month of May / Rebellion (Lies) / Neighbourhood / We Used To Wait / Neighbourhood 3 / Keep The Car Running / Neighbourhood 1 / Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)