Arcade Fire

UPDATE: Arcade Fire have issued a statement:

To everyone really upset about us asking people to dress up at our shows… please relax. It’s super not mandatory. It just makes for a more fun carnival when we are all in it together. So far these have been the best shows we have ever played.
See you soon.
Arcade Fire


Last Thursday, Arcade Fire announced their North American arena tour, tickets for which go on sale this Friday, November 22. But as Slate points out today, the band is making an unusual request of potential attendees: Dress to impress. Not joking; if you go to Ticketmaster, and click on any date of the upcoming Arcade Fire tour, in the “Please Note” section — alongside the usual disclaimers about ticket sales — is this directive:

NIGHT OF SHOW: Please wear formal attire or costume.

Arcade Fire made this same request when they played a handful of exclusive-access club shows leading up to the release of new LP Reflektor, at which point it seemed pretty reasonable: Those shows were occurring right before Halloween, and they were really hard to get into.

But demanding that 23,000 Kentuckians dress up like an extra in Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby to see a rock band at the KFC Yum! Center? I dunno. I also don’t know about these schmancy VIP Experiences which offer “crowd-free merchandise shopping,” but that’s another debate for another day. Today, we’re debating the dress code — which I’m frankly assuming won’t be strictly enforced (or enforced at all), but even so: Is it OK for Arcade Fire to make such a request of fans? I’m voting “no,” but I wore a Grave Miasma shirt to work today so I may not be the target market for this one. What say you guys? By request, LET’S TAKE A VOTE.

Comments (159)
  1. This is fine as long as you don’t HAVE TO. I mean, it’s an arena tour, be a lot of empty seats if they didn’t let anyone not wearing a tux and gown in.

    • It was “mandatory” for the Reflektors show in Miami. I wasnt going to wear a suit because it was still hotter than hell hot. I wore a costume and felt like a dipshit.

    • They’re going to turn 99.6% of the crowd away at Coachella. “You mean to tell me that in this 101 degree weather, you come in here wearing shorts an t-shirt ? Away you, you unkempt, unsophisticated embarrassment of a music fan!”

      • Last I checked Coachella wasn’t held at Salsatheque, or whatever that club’s name is.
        He announced a dress code for 1 show, held at a club. Not ALL shows. He only requests formal attire for other shows, to join in the experience

        • I’m the guy who covered the Salsatheque show for Stereogum and I can say from experience that it was mind-blowingly awesome being in a crowd of people dressed for the occasion. It created this amazing sense of community that is totally lacking at most shows. It was also just an unforgettable aesthetic experience. AF aren’t being assholes – they won’t kick you out if you don’t comply, and didn’t even do so for the Salsatheque shows where there were only 100 people present and were filming a video. It’s just like Halloween: you don’t HAVE to dress up, but it’s a lot more fun if you do.

    • The dress code isn’t “Formal Attire.” It’s “Formal Attire or a Costume.” My wife and I will dress nice, but we’re making our own home-made masquerade masks with lots of reflective pieces.

      It’s part of the show, it’s interesting, it makes for a unique experience unlike any other.

      If you want to be a “party-pooper” and not participate, go ahead.

      However, not dressing according to the requested code would be like showing up to a Renaissance fair wearing jeans and a t-shirt and playing with your smart phone… you’d anger a lot of people who are trying to get into the experience.

  2. Given the typical Arcade Fire fan, I assume most would comply, if they weren’t already wearing a button-down with suspenders and an ascot anyway. If it’s not a strict enforcement, then it could be a fun experience for people who want to treat this like a return to old-school music performances and parties. I’d probably join in. I only hope people aren’t shamed by the audience for wearing jeans.

  3. Is it a dress code if it’s optional? It’s not mandatory or anything.

  4. Yeah, this is kinda annoying. I love you Arcade Fire, but ease off just a little. It’s one thing to suggest that people wear wacky hats and this and that, another to formally request it. But I say that as someoene who wore a goofy rat helmet thing and suit to one of these gigs and was super sweaty and uncomfortable.

    • The dress code is pretty “loose.” I mean, you COULD come in some nice shorts and a t-shirt, but for god’s sake put on a masquerade mask or some face paint or SOMETHING interesting.

  5. I think the band is just having some fun, i don’t see anywhere that it says its required or entry will be barred if you’re not following the dress code. just something fun that die hard fans will be into. not a big deal

    • Agreed. It’s just their way of trying to add a bit more to the experience. I believe that LCD Soundsystem did this same thing for their final show at MSG (which Arcade Fire were attendance for) and everyone was into it. Maybe it’s the start of some stupid new trend. In a year or two, Mumford & Sons will be requesting that all of their fans arrive in their seats dressed as idiots

    • pretty sure the tweet up there reads “mandatory”.

      • It’s in reference to the shows in early September, not the tour

      • That tweet was for the Salsathèque show. The formal wear/costume request for this arena tour is presumably not mandatory.

        The secret Reflektors shows were fairly intimate, and you could understand the band wanting fans to embrace being part of that unique experience. Slate’s argument seems to be that a (suggested) dress code is not all that appropriate for “routine” arena shows at “corporate” venues.

      • oops.


  6. “Pre-show Reflektor Kanaval with beer, wine, and appetizers ”


  7. I think it’s OK only insomuch that if you are paying to go see Arcade Fire, 10 to 1 you’re a pretty big fan of most everything they do and will realize this is just part of the shtick this time around. I mean, “formal wear” can be acquired from pretty much any Salvation Army store for less than $20.

    Is it an odd request? Sure. Reflektor is an odd album though (odd being good).

  8. Aaron Cunningham  |   Posted on Nov 18th, 2013 +1

    It’s certainly okay for them to ask…

    (I’m also willing to bet that they have a section close to the stage where people that are spotted wearing fancy garb get to dance around.)

  9. I see this as being similar to going out and hitting the bars on Halloween weekend. Do you *have* to dress up? No, but it’s gonna be a lot more fun if you do.

  10. This reminds me of those “formal parties” in college. Just another reason to spill a plastic cup of beer on your suit.

    • My friends used to throw a Kentucky Derby party every year in the dead of winter. We’d put a horse racing movie on the TV and mute it (Seabiscuit was a favorite, mostly as an excuse to riff on Tobey Macguire) . Pretty much just an excuse to dress up ridiculous and drink mint juleps.

      Honestly I have no problem with what Arcade Fire are doing as long as it isn’t mandatory. I’m getting a “mid-2000s Flaming Lips dress up and get crazy” vibe from all of this, so as long as we don’t spend 2021 being creeped out by Win Butler on Instagram, I’m all for it.

  11. This is kinda stupid. If it was a recommended thing it’d be one thing but they’re making it seem like they’re not cool with you coming to their show if you aren’t in formal attire.

    I like to be as comfortable as possible when I’m at a concert. I’d rather not sweat through a suit dancing to the jamz

    • I am curious what the response to this would be if it was someone not Arcade Fire.

    • I agree, but mostly because of the venue size. If it were small I totally get it, cool. Arena though? Arena venues have a lot of people that maybe aren’t super fans, but will go with a group of friends or go for the party-experience. Enforcing a dress code at an Arena concert just seems combination snobby and cheesy. If I don’t really know much about Arcade Fire, but am considering going with a group of friends to check it out only to find out about a “dress-code” for an arena then you’ve totally lost me, fuck that.

      Reflecting on all the arena shows I’ve seen out in the rain or poor weather, wearing a suit sounds just sounds miserable.

      If you cared about what I wear, why don’t you organize small venues where you can actually see me and there’s a more personal experience. Enforcing it an arena is asking people to go through a whole lot of trouble to ask for a mob of faceless people who are already likely giving up comfort to see them play.

      • I seriously doubt their show would be cancelled if they made it mandatory. I’d still go, and so would a lot of other true fans.

        I wouldn’t mind if they did make it mandatory, then at least all of the posers would stay home. It’d be a great way to weed out people like you and keep the cool folks.

  12. “What can we do next to make us look even more insufferably pretentious, so that it takes yet little more effort for people to admit our new album is brilliant? We aren’t trying people’s patience with us enough yet.” – Arcade Fire

  13. Was at the Glasgow gig on friday and 95% of people came formal and it was amazing. Is it really so hard to put on a shirt, tie, trousers and good shoes?

  14. It’s OK to have a dress code. It’s not OK to enforce the dress code.

  15. So yea, is there a guy checking everyone out before they can enter? If this is the case then kindly f-off Arcade Fire. But if they are just requesting/recommending to add to the feel/performance then that’s fine. What happened to looking nice and presentable when going to an event?

    • It’s only a polite request. No one at the door is checking out anyone. If you don’t want to dress up you’re just as welcome.

  16. Oh come on – put on a nice suit and go to an Arcade Fire show! what do you have to lose? lighten up folks, the band is just trying to have some fun and get people to escape their normal routines and become a part of the Arcade Fire experience. that is all.

    • Exactly! They just want to create a fun, unique and immersive experience. If you are not comfortable with dressing up then fine, but like anything of this nature, it will only be more enjoyable if you get into the spirit of the whole thing. I certainly don’t think there is anything remotely wrong with them making the request.

  17. how embarrassing. Dressing in such dapper attire in support of their worst album.

  18. they didn’t enforce this, even at the smaller shows before halloween….They won’t turn anybody away, it just adds a little bit of fun to the experience for the people that want to take part in something bigger than just a concert.

    After seeing one of the shows in Miami, I can say for certain this will be an absolutely amazing performance. 90% of the people were in formal wear or costumes, and the other 10% kind of looked out of place. You’ll see a bunch of really strange costumes, some really fancy outfits, some not so fancy outfits… It’s simple, if you’re an AF fan; go to this concert, dress up, dance, sing, enjoy the moment….you’re witnessing one of the best rock bands of our generation in their prime!

  19. Seems like it’s just a bit of a joke/fun to see how many people show up like that. Judging from their past shows, this is all about making it an experience where the audience participates instead of “we all watch band and clap”.

    On the other hand, I can see how some would think it’s over the top. I can’t shake the feeling that if a band with less notoriety did this, people would marvel at the pretentiousness.

  20. I don’t see a problem with it. If you bought a ticket and don’t dress up, they should definitely not turn you away. But I also think that if you choose to buy a ticket to an event where they expect you to dress up, and then you choose to not dress up, you should feel awkward about not dressing up. It’s not even that difficult of a request. The option, which a lot of people seem to be ignoring, is either formal wear or a costume. So if you don’t have formal wear, just put on some bunny ears or some shit, pick a costume that isn’t too extravagant. Who cares. By buying the ticket in which they explicitly state that you should come in a costume, you are signing up to go to an event where you are expected to dress up or come in costume.

    • Just playing devil’s advocate here…

      If you’ll feel awkward (or “out of place,” as Jesse Johnson says above) for wearing regular clothes, isn’t that sort of annoying?

      • Yeah, but again, the Halloween thing. An event is being thrown where it’s recommended that you dress up. If you make the effort to attend, you’re implicitly going along with that recommendation. Of course, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to – but if you end up feeling awkward, well, who’s fault is that? You can’t really get mad at Arcade Fire for trying to do something cool, when it was you decided to buy tickets but didn’t want to go along with what they’re shooting for.

        Similarly, if you go to a pro sporting event in regular street clothes and feel awkward, do you blame the team for that? If you wear a t-shirt and jeans to a gala and feel horribly underdressed, isn’t that one on you? I don’t really see how this is any different.

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    • Honest question: since when was indie rock still considered counterculture? When was Arcade Fire every associated with counterculture? Do you think they’re TRYING to be? …

      • It’s in the term; “indie” comes from “independent”. Long, long, ago, certain genres of rock had to proceed independently of major-label/mainstream support, which makes them a counterculture. Everything that falls under the umbrella of indie rock can be traced back to the first wave of punk and its many offshoots. Arcade Fire have cited lots of underground bands as influences and were once decidedly underground themselves. That’s why it was kind of a big deal when they hit it big. No one expected them to make it because A LOT of bands with similar influences and sounds only garnered a small cult following (and the vast majority still do). Indie rock as a whole is still very much a counterculture because, well, if I walk up to a bunch of people and try to strike up a conversation with them about any number of indie-rock bands, unless I mention one of the relative handful of dancey or wussy, soft-rock indie bands who’ve squeaked by because they aren’t that challenging and/or don’t make casual music listeners (those people who say they love all kinds of music but can’t name anyone who isn’t in the top 40) uncomfortable, they probably will have no idea who I’m talking about. Just because the post-internet world gives people access to everything doesn’t mean that most people seek it out. Curiosity is correlated with intelligence. Newsflash: Most people are dumb and satisfied to remain ignorant, even of things that could very well enrich their lives. Not that long ago, there was an article on here about how even the “big-name” indie-rock bands just barely make ends meet. They are still a counterculture. They are not a dominant form of culture (though really, a counterculture can simply be a movement that challenges established ideas about what art or society can be, regardless of the level of commercial success, as many bands proved in the sixties). The reality is that the grunge era is still much closer to a true mainstream indie-rock revolution than anything that has happened recently.

        • That’s all well and good, but what’s your point? What are these stereotypes you’re claiming Arcade Fire reinforce? That hipsters like to play dress up in old-timey clothes?

          • My original point was that they and the media have identified them as being emblematic of the counterculture that was and is indie rock, which makes sense given their origins…but they happen to be horrible representatives of that identity since they often come off as pretentious, classist, egomaniacs who make precious, precious music from their great, gushing hearts that beat so much louder and powerfully than everyone else’s. A hipster is a person who is, by definition, inauthentic; that is a word that was meant to refer to someone who is more style than substance, who claims to enjoy certain things and who dresses a certain way only to impress some group of people, not because they actually like any of those things. Arcade Fire absolutely are hipsters in the classic sense; everything is affected. It is most unfortunate that they and others like them have been the indie bands to break through because indie rock has become synonymous with affectation, with pretentious fakery, the very sort of thing that punk, from which indie rock is descended, aimed to destroy. Naturally, the end result is that the popular perception of indie rock and everyone who likes it is that they are hipsters. I couldn’t be more genuine about loving the music I listen to, and neither could most of the bands who make music in those genres, but Arcade Fire’s group personality disorder, their materialism, egoism, and elitism (of which this latest stunt is a fine example), makes all that art by all those struggling bands making courageously abrasive and unique music and many people’s enjoyment of it seem invalid to the masses. Everyone who likes anything left of center is a caricature, a hipster. Great rock music is in many ways more accessible than it was in ’93, so why does it seem like people, by and large, are further than ever from appreciating it? There are lots of reasons, but it doesn’t help when one of your own goes out of their way to embarrass the family.

          • Not quite sure I get what you’re saying there big daddy. Well, as to the mainstream media, I actually do – but as “indie rock” became a more and more popular genre over the years, it was inevitable that the media would eventually cherry-pick one or two bands and christen them the torch-bearers. That’s just history repeating itself.

            But regarding Arcade Fire themselves, I’m really grasping why you think the band, in an act of unabashed egomania, has appointed themselves the great saviors of indie rock. Frankly, I’d be shocked if they even considered themselves part of that genre, because they’re anything but. Perhaps I’m missing something; did they make public statements to that effect? Also, what makes you figure that they have a “group personality order?” That’s some pretty strong shit-slinging right there. Are these accusations fact-based, or are you just throwing them out there because you resent Arcade Fire’s music/popularity?

            I gotta be honest, I strongly suspect that it’s the latter. I’ve seen you rant about Arcade Fire before, and rarely does your reasoning ever go beyond them hating them for having a large fanbase and a sound that’s more Springsteen than Dinosaur Jr (“inauthentic” per your terms). And hey, it’s not your cup of tea, whatever. But I fail to see how that makes them materialistic, elitist egomaniacs with a group personality disorder.

            Fact-wise (and removed from their music), I know that Wayne Coyne said they were pricks and that they asked fans to throw on a suit jacket for some arena shows. They won a Grammy and went with some fairly over-the-top marketing for the follow-up album. Is there stuff I don’t know about?

          • Second paragraph, first sentence – NOT really grasping. An edit button would be nice, Stereogum.

          • affected-adj. assumed artificially; unnatural; feigned: affected sophistication
            It’s not that hard to understand. My objections to Arcade Fire have almost everything to do with their attitude, their ethos (or lack of one), which is grounded in superficiality. Yes, that affects the songs, but I’m not really objecting to their sound so much as what it represents. They became popular by exploiting a movement which was meant to be honest expression, uncompromising, raw art. Neutral Milk Hotel wearing old-timey clothes was honest expression; it was uncontrived. When Arcade Fire imitated them in that regard, it was not flattery or an act of genuine identification; it was simply part of a larger package they were selling people, a bow on a box of watered-down NMH-esque anthems, a product, the antithesis of the real art NMH created. Arcade Fire have long been identified as indie rock (which is why, many moons ago when this site only covered indie rock, they covered Arcade Fire), and if you don’t think so, you haven’t read much about them and must have no understanding of the history of rock and where certain sounds originated. Appearances communicate something about people, and now that Arcade Fire are being pretty forthright about how important appearances are to them, it reflects poorly on the musical movement with which they have long been identified, a movement that, for all its varying sonic approaches, has always been united by its approach to art and the dynamic between performer and audience. In its purest form, it was meant to erase the idea of the rock star on a pedestal–someone who is somehow privileged, better than everyone else. The punk/indie ethos celebrates individualism and an attitude of inclusiveness. A hipster worships exclusivity; in terms of appearance, what could be more exclusive than clothes that not everyone can afford? Also, requiring everyone to wear the same thing is not a celebration of individuality, as indie is supposed to be, but rather a celebration of homogeneity. In short, I resent Arcade Fire for, in terms of ethics, never really being true to their roots in the underground. They shrewdly exploited a cultural identity with which they were never ethically-aligned to become popular. If the general public thinks of indie rock, they think of Arcade Fire, who, ironically, are the antithesis of everything indie rock is supposed to be. Arcade Fire represent the triumph of the rock star/hipster ideal, and in the public consciousness, thanks to Arcade Fire and bands like them, the hipster and the indie rocker are one and the same.

          • I’m not buying this whole “indie roots” thing. Arcade Fire were a true indie band for what, 2 years? Since then they’ve spent 7 as Pitchfork’s little darlings, and 3 as full-blown, arena-filling superstars. So it’s not like we’re talking about Fugazi here; I don’t think AF owes you or anyone else an anti-rock star ethos or punk-indebted spirit of inclusivity. Sure, they’ve aped NMH somewhat and dress the part, but that doesn’t mean the actual roots are there. If they are there, they’re quite small; Arcade Fire is indie rock like U2 is post-punk.

            That said, I fully agree that the band is moderately poseur-ish (oh snap, is that a synonym for “affected?” Hey, turns out I do know what that word means!), on the merits expressed above. But being a bit of a poseur doesn’t necessarily make someone an elitist, or a materialist, or any of those other nice things you said. And that’s all I was really getting at in the first place. I think you’re making huge assumptions from the “dress nice” recommendation – do you seriously believe that the idea was premised on exclusivity, i.e. keeping the undesirable “dorks” out of their concerts? And besides, if anyone has the money to go to one of these big arena shows, I’m virtually 100% certain they’ve got some dress clothes hanging up somewhere.

            Anyway, I’m sorry that you’ve had to bear the pain of Arcade Fire giving the public an inaccurate perception of indie rock; clearly it’s bummed you out. But again, I say it was inevitable. Genres get popular –> certain groups ride the media machine to the top –> “old school” fans cry inauthenticity. Circle of life.


      Arcade Fire and Kanye as the big artists of our generation is a depressing thought. How cool would it have been if Broken Social Scene, the better Canadian band, got all the attention.. Then this flimsily boring, unidentifiable and anemic-anthemic sound AF would be out in the ether instead of shoved down our throats. These guys go from trite stated anti-Bush sloganeering to a buncha Haitian bullshit. Don’t care bros!

      • Sorry*

        Cool yet kind of annoying sound with awesome instrumentation and semi-frightening vibe > Trite/stated Anti-Bush sloganeering > Random dirge into Win’s adolscence/how weird suburban life is or something > this Hatian bulldonk

        LOl, I’m gonna go listen to Here Comes The Nighttime and do a cool dance. African music is actually awesome, so I actually do like them trying to incorporate African influence, it’s just annoying with the combo of AF’s preciousness and self aggrandizment about their philanthropic status, and bad timing cus they come off as Kony appropriators or Wyclef opportunists when they do their “We’re into 3rd world areas” posturing/actual passionate work.

        Also, just actually read Hanna’s comment and realized don’t agree with a lot of it. Were they even rich? Arcade Fire: not god awful, but massively overrated and kind of corny.

        • I think “Arcade Fire: not god awful, but massively overrated and kind of corny” is the perfect summation of how I feel about them as well. Their whole schtick is just… not for me.

          And to answer the question the article poses: is it OK? Sure, why not, knock yourselves out. Is it stupid? Yes, it’s stupid. It’s incredibly stupid.

        • Agree. This just doesn’t seem cool to me. It seems dorky.

          Still never sold on the Neon Bible album. Once I start hearing political undertones – regardless of whether I agree with them or not – I immediately get turned off. Also there’s too much Arcade Fire dick sucking going on, no band should be that powerful.

          And for all these apologists on here, I don’t find any part of that tweet to be “polite.” The word ‘mandatory’ is in all caps, that’s internet code for yelling. Rude.

      • BSS better than Arcade Fire…i laughed.

    • you should be this mad about this.

    • Deconstructing: All Prevalent Culture Is Bad and Everything Counterculture Is Good by Michael Hanna.

      • I liked the part where he wrote that if it’s not early-to-mid 90s indie rock affiliated, then you’re a stupid, stupid idiot for liking it and your taste sucks real bad.

  22. Totally unrelated but hey. Mike Nelson (can I call you Mike? It lets me imagine you’re the Mike Nelson from MST3K). You’re stereogum’s metal guy, and I didn’t really see very much coverage of this anywhere besides an AV Club review that seemed to kind of miss the point, so I must ask you this. What did you think of The Doomstar Requiem: A Klok Opera? Are you a Metalocalypse guy to begin with? Do you want to go to Burzum’s with me and get a bloodburger? Do youse shops at the foods library?

    • I never got into Metalocalypse, actually. Should I?

      • YES! You’d probably catch a lot more subtle metal references than the casual fan would.

        I’m pretty sure Brendon Small is a legit metal fan. He also writes all the music for the show.

      • Absolutely should. The metal references, the satire of rockist cliches, the fact that you can’t throw a rock in the metal community without hitting someone who’s voice acted for the show, all of the original music, and just the fact that its a really funny show about metal that actually knows metal.

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    • Damn. We all got owned.

    • What a great, constructive, and well thought out comment. Arcade Fire is a band of assholes because… their music has resonated beyond the original sphere of culture it came from? The experience people have at their concert is different from what you are used to? Their music tackles big subjects in a big way without apology? They are white?

  24. Did… did anyone actually look at a listing for the Reflektour? Because it says “Please wear formal wear or costumes.” Not “If you don’t follow our rule then fuck you you’re not getting in.” It says “please.” They’re asking politely. It’s not mandatory.

  25. As long as it is clearly stated before the tickets are purchased (which it is), then I’m ok with it. It sounds fun!

  26. I think it’s awesome, personally. And like other people have said, it’s not like security at the arenas are going to turn away people who purchased tickets to the event, even if they aren’t in the “mandatory” attire. And plus, “costume” is a pretty relative term.

    It’s just a fun little gimmick to maybe help people feel better about themselves. I understand it’s the cool thing to do right now, rag on Arcade Fire, but to complain without even considering their motives behind their actions is unfortunate and short-sighted.

  27. Yes. It’s part of the fun, part of the experience. Next question.

  28. i think it’s retarded to use the word ‘mandatory’. i thought it was a total dick move with the shit they pulled in NY.

    but i still love band and the new record and it will be funner to dress up :)

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  30. Requesting that sort of thing is fine and can be cool – My Morning Jacket asked peopole do dress weird for the show that they used for Okonokos, and it really helped the vibe they were going for.

    But mandatory anything?No way.

  31. I don’t see how this is any less “acceptable” than LCD Soundsystem’s mandatory dress code for their final Madison Square Garden show- an idea that generally seemed to be met with enthusiasm and was quite successful in its implementation.

    I’m really excited that they’re trying to bring the energy of the very special, and like you said, exclusive salsatheque shows around the country.

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  33. I voted no, but really I’m okay with a dress code, mostly because I think dressing up is cool and underrated. Also, POLLLSSSSS!

  34. are people still insisting this album is amazing?

  35. It’s totally OK for them to ask people to wear costumes and stuff to shows. But totally NOT OK for it to be mandatory. That’s just stupid. And you’re not going to get everyone on board. Insist, but don’t force.

  36. Articles like this are pointless and very poorly put together. The twitter screenshot in question has NOTHING to do with Arcade Fire’s upcoming tour, so it shouldn’t even be in this article. I can’t find ANYWHERE that indicates that Arcade Fire is “demanding” that anyone come to the shows in formal wear – I only see “Please” – nothing about that is mandatory. This sensationalist article seems aimed at attracting the attention of people who already dislike Arcade Fire: people who won’t take the time to actually look into the article’s claim and instead go straight to posting about how ridiculous/gimmicky it is to “demand” formal wear of thousands of people.

  37. It’s their show. They can do what they want.

    Also, what’s with the implication that Kentuckians can’t dress up? Not cool.

  38. Good lord people, have a little fun and wear a mask or something. I went to the Brooklyn show and it was not strictly enforced. This is an awesome idea that lends itself perfectly to the atmosphere the band is creating for their show. Get over it.

  39. I don’t see anything wrong with it, as long as it’s not mandatory. I would hate to hear stories of people spending money on tickets that they can’t use because they didn’t feel like dressing up and were subsequently denied entry.

  40. I for one, welcome any and all opportunities to dig out my old NFL referee costume so that I can throw penalty flags at people.

    Holding a beer too long, 10 yard penalty, 1st down.

  41. What kind of fan likes Arcade Fire enough to buy a $50+ ticket, but not enough to tuck in their fucking shirt or wear a costume? Why wouldn’t you want to join in on the fun?

  42. In my opinion, it’s fine. Get dressed up. It’s just a bit of fun.

  43. Of course it’s ok. No one is being forced to go to the concert.

  44. Is it OK for Arcade Fire to have a dress code at their concerts? Yes. Is it OK for me to think they’re the most unbelievably annoying, pretentious band in the world? Also yes.

  45. It’s okay, but it’s just uber uber dorky, that’s all. And no one wants to be a dork. Not even dorks want to be dorks.

  46. This is just a fun suggestion, there’s no way this is actually going to be enforced considering this is an arena tour. If this was an actual requirement this would be another issue, but this is being blown way out of proportion.

  47. Is It OK For Stereogum To Post Misleading Headlines As Click-Bait?

  48. My guess is Arcade Fire are planning on filming this tour for some sort of upcoming live documentary/tour DVD thing and want audience participation to glam it up a bit. So if you follow the dress code you may end up in the final edit! One can wish..

    • Good point! Ok, now I’m dressing up cos I want to be the next ‘crying kid’ from Shut Up And Play The Hits! Can’t wait…

  49. It’s pretentious, but I don’t really see a problem with it. I won tickets to their release day show, and since I wasn’t part of the social media blitz, I forgot the theme was “be a reflektor.” My gf and I were in the small amount of people who weren’t dressed up. I didn’t feel awkward or out of place, and it was cool seeing some of the stuff people wore; lots of shiny, reflective things. It made the experience more interesting.

    People wear colorful stuff to EDM shows, they wear smelly clothes to hardcore shows. Just throw on a cheap coat and be cool with it, I think.

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    • Wow dude, why are you taking this so seriously?

      Look they arent going to turn away anyone. They are merely suggesting everyone dress up to help heighten the experience of everyone attending.

      You know when you attend a football game, and everyone has the colors of the team on? Everyone feels apart of it, connected, a sense of we’re all in this together. Thats what theyre going for.

      • And they just released a statement to that effect (in response to Nick’s comment). It was never a mandate, just a suggestion. I’m curious as to how many women were as bothered by this as men. It’s such a gendered thing for women to be expected to dressed up anyways (while men get away jeans and a T). So guys — put on a freaking bow tie and call it a day and stop getting those y fronts in such a twist.

    • “This is the epitome of what went wrong with ‘indie’ in the 90s.”

      dude, what does that even mean? what “indie” and what “90s” do you think you’re referring to? there was a sh*t ton of great indie in the 90s that does not fall under your frayed blanket statement. and why do you keep putting “indie” in quotations liking you’re talking about “chillwave” or “folk punk”? you’re the worst kind of music fan. you literally have no point other than to wanderer aimlessly around a moving target of a point to express your disdain for a particular band in a space where you’re not really welcome–which you did in your first sentence. next time, stop trolling there. don’t try and type intelligibly about music genres in other decades.

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