Having seen Arcade Fire on their first UK tour 3 years ago in a small venue, entering the warehouse that is the CIA made our collective stomachs slump. Over-large, crammed full and with dreadful acoustics , why did we bother?! Clinic took the stage in black garb with face masks and top hats. Not a look we’ll be sporting this winter. The music was a dreary as their outfits.
Then came the main act... For the first few songs, Arcade Fire put in an uninspired performance by their standards which only picked up with inclusion of Keep the Car Running and a few tracks from the Funeral album. Slipping in an obscure cover by the Violent Femmes just left the crowd more baffled than they entered. Whether it was an off-night or the band have lost their original and innocent sparkle is hard to decipher, but I for one won’t be paying nearly £30 for 70 minutes of their company to find out next time.