The band played a surprise set at the premiere of Danny Wilson’s 16-minute short
Steven Kline
11:03 15th March 2018

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We’ve heard of punitive small-print, but if your band ever ends up signing away over 95 per cent, has to advertise cereal at every gig and is forced to play in a high security underground rock’n’roll prison if you don’t comply, perhaps think about changing lawyers.

Such is the cautionary tale played out in Arcade Fire’s new short film Money + Love, a 16-minute film in which the band sign up to the Everything Now corporation, headed up by Toni Collette’s menacing label boss, to ease their money woes, only to find the umbrella label taking almost all of their money and forcing them to advertise their other products during gigs in the company’s supercasinos. When the band crack and go postal on the blackjack tables they’re restrained by Everything Now security and confined to a prison bunker – apart from Win, who manages to escape. But will he let his band suffer?

Directed by David Wilson, the film includes full performances of ‘Put Your Money On Me’ and ‘We Don’t Deserve Love’. Watch the film below.

Arcade Fire performed a surprise live set for 600 fans at the premiere of the film at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre last night (March 14), preceded by a Q&A with the band hosted by Spike Jonze. The band return to Europe for dates on their Infinite Content tour in April, performing in the round.

Arcade Fire play:

6 April            DUBLIN, 3Arena
8 April            MANCHESTER, Manchester Arena
11 April          LONDON, The SSE Arena, Wembley
12 April          LONDON, The SSE Arena, Wembley
13 April          LONDON, The SSE Arena, Wembley
15 April          BIRMINGHAM, Genting Arena
16 April          GLASGOW, The SSE Hydro

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Photo: Ellen Offredy