For now, it looks like North American fans will have to travel a bit farther if they want to see Arcade Fire perform next summer.
After confirming appearances at Australia’s Big Day Out Festival in January and Lollapalooza Chile in March, the band has announced a headlining spot at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound (May 29-31) and Denmark’s NorthSide Festival (June 12-15). While this most likely rules out an appearance at Bonnaroo, the band could still make U.S. festival appearances at Coachella in April or Lollapalooza in August.
In other Arcade Fire news, frontman Win Butler had his very own Kanye West moment when he caused a (seemingly scripted) interruption during the first-ever YouTube Music Awards. Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” won the YouTube Phenomenon award for inspiring the most fan videos. Fans accepting the award on Swift’s behalf were abruptly interrupted by Butler when he stole the mic and revealed who he thought deserved the award instead. “Not Taylor Swift. I’m going to let you finish,” Butler said. “Not Taylor Swift. The YouTube phenomenon of the year was definitely the Harlem Shake, I don’t know. No disrespect, but everyone knows that if you’ve ever been on YouTube. So whatever.” Butler proceeded to dramatically drop the mic to the floor and exit the stage.
See the video below. Also, check out the live music video of “Afterlife,” directed by Spike Jonze.