Published Nov 18, 2013Nothing says "formal attire" quite like a sports arena, which is presumably why Arcade Fire are asking their fans to dress up in their flashiest duds during their upcoming North American tour in support of Reflektor.
This is real. If you click on one of the band's upcoming shows on Ticketmaster, under the "Please Note" section it reads, "NIGHT OF SHOW: Please wear formal attire or costume." (Strangely, though, they did not make this request of Calgary, but we'll let you decide what that means.)
We're not sure to what extent this dress code will be enforced; perhaps the band can provide tuxedo tees for anyone who shows up underdressed.
Arcade Fire previously made similar requests of their fans during their limited capacity pre-album gigs — like the one where they filmed their Here Comes the Night Time TV special, which can be seen below — and while that may have been endearing in a quaint sort of way, it seems a little silly when we're dealing with thousands of people packed into a sticky-floored hockey arena. On the bright side, accountants can now head to the gig straight from work without needing to change beforehand.
UPDATE: Arcade Fire have now issued a statement about the whole dress code controversy, which you can check out here.
Arcade Fire are also offering various VIP ticket packages that get purchasers some cool stuff (a numbered lithograph, refreshments, a gift bag) and some slightly less cool stuff (crowd-free merch shopping, early venue entrance).
See the tour dates here.
Thanks to Stereogum/Slate for the heads-up.