Feist to Donate Merch Proceeds from Dublin Arcade Fire Show to Women's Aid

She's the opening act for the band's yet-uncanceled tour, which resumed tonight in Ireland

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Aug 30, 2022

Despite allegations of sexual misconduct being lodged against Win Butler by multiple people over the weekend, Arcade Fire appear to be going ahead with their 2022 tour. As of press time, their Dublin show at 3Arena is underway, led by an opening set from Feist — who is apparently donating all of the proceeds from her merch sales to Ireland's branch of domestic violence non-profit organization, Women's Aid.

Multiple attendees have taken to social media to share photos of signage at the artist's merch table that reads: "All Proceeds from Feist Merchandise will be donated to Women's Aid Dublin." The leading national organization to stop domestic violence against women and children, Women's Aid has been working in Ireland since 1974.
Feist has yet to make any sort of public statement on the allegations against her tour mate.

In a report published by Pitchfork on Saturday (August 27), at least four people accused Butler of different incidents of sexual misconduct dating from 2015 to 2020, including allegations of unwanted touching, unwelcome explicit messaging, and sexual encounters that they considered inappropriate given the age differences and power dynamics.

The Arcade Fire bandleader has responded to the allegations, acknowledging that the encounters happened but claiming they were all consensual.

"I have never touched a woman against her will, and any implication that I have is simply false," Butler told the publication. His wife and bandmate Régine Chassagne added that she believed he would not have touched anyone without their consent.

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