As regular readers will know, I’ve been a huge fan of Canadian band Arcade Fire for a while (here, here and here) so getting to see them live at Earls Court was a dream experience. I’ve already displayed one photograph but wanted to give a bit more detail of such a fantastic night. My thanks to my lovely girlfriend Madeleine who took such wonderful photographs.
I’d never been to Earls Court for music before, so I had no idea what the sound was like. The warm up acts of Owen Pallett and a DJ set by Pulp’s Steve Mackey were never going to distract from the main part of the evening, and as soon as the gloriously bass-heavy title track of Reflektor started, the crowd erupted. Their third song Power Out was my favourite, and really helped maintain the energy of the fans. A great single in its own, and the band’s first ever release, the electric sound reverberated around the arena. Other highlights included Lies, Ready to Start, The Suburbs, Sprawl II (Mountains move Mountains) and Tunnels.
While they never played Keep the Car Running, one of their best songs, an odd choice as they played weaker material on the night, the set list was largely a pretty good mix. Earls Court is not the music-friendly arena, and as lead singer Win Butler points out, will soon be demolished for flats, but that only added to the sense of being closer to the band.
But it’s never just the music. Other highlights of the night were the great lighting that had a fantastic array of colours, a mirrorball-suited dancing man, the lights being lowered from the ceiling for dance track We Exist and an appearance from Echo and the Bunnymen frontman Ian McCulloch for a cover of their song The Cutter. The closing encore song of Wake Up was a delightfully long, anthemic way to leave things.
Great review! The photos came out really well! 😀 x
You did great. These were my favourites, along with one I will put up as a separate photo at a later time.
I saw them in Hyde Park a couple of years ago and they were great… even though I ended up covered in someone else’s urine… #longstory.
That is horrible. If you can ever laugh at it, I’d be happy to hear it. They are a phenomenal band, been wanting to see them for ages.
I saw them in Glasgow a few years ago and they were fantastic. Such anthemic songs
That they are. I’m so glad so you got to see them too.
wow…are they Indie Rock. I must listen to them if they are :). Your girlfriend Madeline took great pictures 😀
That she did 🙂 They really are sensational, especially the first album.
whats their first album’s name?
Funeral. I honestly think it’s one of the best around https://alexraphael.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/gr8-debut-albums/
I’ll check it out. You like Pink Floyd too?
Yep. Phenomenal band.
well thanks. 🙂 I’ll check it all out. Have you seen the fault in our stars movie yet?
Hasn’t come out yet. You’re ahead of us!
ah yes. Well i’m just going to say it is awesome and basically like the book. They barely changed anything. Its won money so far.
It’s not easy to take pics of concerts. I don’t know how you managed since most of the bands nowadays have a strong policy against cameras and mobile phones on their concerts. There are two photos I especially like: # 2 and 10.
She did a great job. There were some great ones that didn’t even make the cut.
wow, great pics alex 🙂
Sounds like a great experience!
It really was. I managed to find a live recording of it too, which brings back a lot of memories.
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