Fans where told what not to wear to upcoming gig
Julian Marszalek

09:36 25th July 2017

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Arcade Fire have had a change of heart following an email that apparently told fans how to dress for their official album release gig in Brooklyn on Thursday (July 27).

The band’s long-awaited fifth album, Everything Now, is released on Friday (July 28) with the band set to play the night before at the Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. However, in a move that smacks of being barred from entering nightclubs because you might be wearing say, faded denims, fans were informed of a dress code for the gig.

Yes, you read that right. A dress code.

Consequence Of Sound reports that ticket holders were asked not to wear “shorts, large logos, flip flops, tank tops, crop tops, baseball hats, solid white or red clothing.” And then, in a tone that implied the kind of finger wagging reminiscent of your mum telling you how to dress, the email added: “We reserve the right to deny entry to anyone dressed inappropriately.”

Oh, and gig goers were then advised that they’d have to hand in phones, smart watches and recording devices.

However, the band have since back pedalled with all the gusto of Chris Froome by issuing a statement from their “social media strategist” Tannis Wright who is copping the flak for the original email while telling people they can now wear what they want: “The information sent to attendees of this week’s Arcade Fire show in Brooklyn was made by me, without the knowledge of the band.

“I was trying to class up the show a little bit because it’s going to be seen by literally billions of people, due to the involvement of our partners at Apple. Sue me for wanting something nice.”


So yeah, if you want to wear those flip-flops and tank tops, then you go on right ahead. Why not be super daring and perhaps add some white socks to that ensemble? You never know, with “literally billions” of people set to see this, you might just start a new trend.

Or probably not.

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