NME Festival blog: Watch Arcade Fire play ‘Half Light I’ live for the first time ever


Canadian band also give a rare outing of ‘Old Flame’

Arcade Fire played ‘Half Light I’ from their 2010 album ‘The Suburbs’ for the first time ever last night (July 12).

The Canadian band were performing at North Carolina’s Red Hat Amphitheatre when they dropped the track. You can view the performance below.

In between playing regular cuts from their recent album ‘Everything Now’, the band also performed ‘Old Flame’, from their recently reissued ‘Arcade Fire’ EP. It was the first time they had played the track since 2007. You can also view that performance below.

During the set, Arcade Fire also played old favourites ‘Rebellion (Lies)’, ‘Keep The Car Running’,  ‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’ and ‘Wake Up’.

Earlier this week, frontman Win Butler responded to an account on Twitter that criticised songs from ‘Everything Now’.

A tweet from ‘Arcade Fire Tube’ stated: “What were they thinking? Listening to the album for the first time in a good while… Chemistry sandwiched between Peter Pan and the Infinite Content songs…. That whole middle section still ruins the whole album for me.”

Butler tweeted back to the account writing: “The crazy thing about music is that everyone has different taste! Depends where you grew up, what your parents liked, how you feel rhythm etc. I’ve been on the other side and not loved the music my favourite artists made, but I just started listening to other music.”

Last month, the band dropped a new video for Chemistry which was directed by Ray Tintori.

Butler said he was someone who he had wanted to work with for a long time.



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