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Old 12-14-2006, 11:13 AM   #1
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Arcade Fire tickets sell out in 3 minutes!

I was actually thinking to myself the other day: "Hmm, I wonder how the new Arcade Fire album is coming along. Let me look them up to see if there's anything new."

Of course, work distracted me and I forgot all about it until I read this in the paper this morning. I would have loved to see these shows, hear the new songs and in such a small venue!

Thankfully, I was relieved to read this quote in the last paragraph:

"They're planning a major North American tour in May, so they'll be back sometime in the spring."




Arcade Fire tickets flame out quickly


T'CHA DUNLEVY, The Gazette
Published: Thursday, December 14, 2006


Three minutes was all it took yesterday morning for the Admission network to sell out of tickets for five Montreal concerts by the Arcade Fire, Feb. 6 to 10.

Long lineups at Cheap Thrills, L'Oblique and Atom Heart record stores ensured that the rest of the 2,500 tickets got swooped up promptly when the Pop Montreal team (which is co-presenting the shows with Blue Skies Turn Black) brought them around at about 11 a.m.

The shows follow five in London, England, between Jan. 29 and Feb. 2 (which also sold out in a flash last Friday morning), as the first the Montreal band has played in more than a year.

The group has been busy recording the follow-up to its 2004 breakout album, Funeral, which brought it around the world. The new album is due for release in the spring.

With Funeral, the Arcade Fire put the Montreal music scene on the international map, while establishing itself as one of the most vital and celebrated new indie-rock bands anywhere.

But despite its sweeping success, the group has endeavoured to keep its head on its shoulders and feet on the ground - which is part of the reason for selecting a little-known venue called the Ukrainian Federation, 5213 Hutchison St., for its upcoming shows.

Originally, the band wanted to perform in a church (as it will for the first three London shows), said Pop Montreal director Dan Seligman: "We spent the last two months location scouting, looking for a church with an organ; there's live organ on the new record. We had a church in St. Henri lined up until Friday. Then (the band's) manager called and said there were technical difficulties. Their sound person had checked out the room, and we would have had to keep the decibel levels really low to avoid reverb."

So Seligman and his crew turned to the Ukrainian Federation, a room they used for the first time this October, presenting several concerts during the Pop Montreal festival. The building was constructed in the late 1800s, and was first used as a Baptist church, then a synagogue, before it was converted into its current function as a cultural space, community centre and theatre in 1956.

"It's warm, it's intimate, the acoustics are great, and the sightlines are good," Seligman said. "It's going to be pretty incredible."

The shows could have taken place in a much bigger venue, he agreed, but the band wanted to start small.

"They're planning a major North American tour in May, so they'll be back sometime in the spring. Basically, we're looking for something outside of the Bell Centre and Metropolis, in the 2,000-3,000 capacity range, for two nights."
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So we're looking at something outside of the Bell Centre and Metropolis...hmmm
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So we're looking at something outside of the Bell Centre and Metropolis...hmmm
Yup. I imagine more shows may be added. At least that is my hope. These are the current tour dates:

01-29 London, England - St John's Church, Smith Square

01-30 London, England - St John's Church, Smith Square

01-31 London, England - St John's Church, Smith Square

02-01 London, England - Porchester Hall

02-02 London, England - Porchester Hall

FEBRUARY

Tuesday 6th Ukrainian National Federation, Montreal

Wednesday 7th Ukrainian National Federation, Montreal

Thursday 8th Ukrainian National Federation, Montreal

Friday 9th Ukrainian National Federation, Montreal

Saturday 10th Ukrainian National Federation, Montreal
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Yeah I found out about the MTL shows about three hours after tickets went on sale. A large 'FUCK' was emitted from my apartment building.
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Yeah I found out about the MTL shows about three hours after tickets went on sale. A large 'FUCK' was emitted from my apartment building.
LOL. Well a very loud "Shit!" was emitted from the bus I was riding on this morning when I read about this in the paper. I'm not kidding. People were looking at me with starled and puzzled looks on their faces.
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I'm kind of hoping they do their tour shows outdoors, in a park at dusk or something in June would rock.
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Whens the new album due out?

Fingers crossed that they may come to Australia!...eventually...
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New shows Must see them again.. Can't wait for that new album
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I'm kind of hoping they do their tour shows outdoors, in a park at dusk or something in June would rock.

Yeah, Parc Jean Drapeau sounds nice. I saw Radiohead there a few years ago and it was a nice venue for a concert.
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Whens the new album due out?
Well, I reckon it will be out sometime in the spring. I'm betting on an April release.
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I hope David Bowie cameos again for an encore
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Pity they don't seem to be too bothered about Ireland. It'd be great if they popped over here before going to the UK.
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Pity they don't seem to be too bothered about Ireland. It'd be great if they popped over here before going to the UK.
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Best chance to see them in any smallish venue from now on is in Asia - hoping that they hit either Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong or Japan. I am hopping on a plane if that is the case since I am not missing my fellow Canadians this time....
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