Arcade Fire // Castlefield Bowl - 06/07/2017

Words by Hugo

  • Arcade Fire played Manchester's Castlefield Bowl as part of Manchester International Festival
  • From new tracks to old, every song was treated as a classic
  • Smoke engulfed the band into silhouettes as they played two encores in a hit-packed set
  • The band paid tribute to Manchester for being "an inspiration to the rest of the world" and closed with a poignant cover of Joy Division's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'

Last night Arcade Fire graced Manchester's Castlefield Bowl as part of Manchester International Festival with a triumphant set with songs spanning their four albums to date, as well as new songs from upcoming album, 'Everything Now'.

Image: Steve Pharrell

Image: Steve Pharrell

Exuberant as ever, the band brought a carnival atmosphere to Manchester, setting the tone by kicking things off with new lead single 'Everything Now' to the elation of the 8,000 fans in attendance who danced and sang along to every word. 

The band showcased their dynamism with a set spanning different genres, yet managing to maintain their unique sound throughout. From new tracks to old, every song was treated as a classic and emphasised Arcade Fires innate ability to continue to produce anthem after anthem.

Image:  Shirlaine Forrest

Image:  Shirlaine Forrest

The set was faultless from start to finish but the mass singalong to 'Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)' and then Régine Chassagne taking centre stage for crowd favourite 'Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)' stood out as a highlight, whilst after 'Here Comes The Night Time' singer Win Bulter proclaimed “that's the best we’ve ever sung that song."

As smoke engulfed the band into silhouettes, they returned to stage in what would prove to be the first of two encores, playing 'We Exist' and a euphoric rendition of 'Wake Up'. Frontman Win Butler promised to keep playing until they were kicked off to the jubilation of the crowd. A second encore would follow with Butler thanking Manchester for "being such a fucking inspiration to the rest of the world", before closing the show with 'Neon Bible' and a poignant cover of Joy Division classic 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'

Arcade Fire are one of the biggest bands in the world for a reason and whether you love them or hate them, one thing is for certain - they know how to throw a good party.