Arcade Fire announces shocking Coachella set

Arcade Fire has been announced as a surprise guest at tonight’s Coachella series of festivals.

Frontman Win Butler teased the band’s performance earlier today (April 14) on Twitter, noting that he spent his birthday at the California event.

“I decided to spend my birthday somewhere warm and dry. [palm tree emoji] @coachella,” she wrote, posting a photo of herself making a peace sign backstage at the festival.

Hours after Butler’s tweet, Coachella shared a list of the times set for this weekend’s trial. Indicates that Arcade Fire will play in the Mojave tent tonight from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

A representative for the band confirmed forced to that the band currently only performs during the first weekend.

You can see the full list of times for Coachella this weekend below:

Harry Styles will headline Coachella tonight. Other headlines this weekend include Billie Eilish and The Weeknd and the Swedish House Mafia. The two-weekend event runs April 15-17 and April 22-24 in Indio, California.

Other artists billed for this year’s event are Flume, Megan Thee Stallion, Disclosure, 21 Savage, Phoebe Bridgers, Doja Cat, Joji, Jamie xx, and Run The Jewels.

Earlier this week, Arcade Fire released their next single, from their upcoming album ‘WE’.

In a reel shared on the Canadian band’s Instagram page, Butler plays their unreleased album ‘WE’ on vinyl.

As the record plays, you can hear Butler say “first single is missing” before playing the two lead singles from the album ‘Lightning I, II’. Then he said, “next single is” before the slow song started with the lyrics “Listen boy, trust your heart / You don’t have to play that role.” They captioned the post as “View.”

The seductive track, ‘Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)’ appeared on the band’s playlist for ‘WE’, and was also played during the encore of the band’s charity event in New York City.

Win Will Butler doing Arcade Fire. Credit: Josh Brasted/WireImage

The band raised more than $100,000 (£76,370) for the Ukrainians through a show at Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom. At the final show in New York, Arcade Fire joined the stage with David Byrne for a cover of ‘Give Peace A Chance’.

Last month, Will Butler, Win’s brother, announced that he would be leaving Arcade Fire after nearly two decades with the group. “There is no acute reason other than that I have changed – and the band has changed – over the last nearly 20 years,” he said in a statement, only saying that he thought it was “a time for new things.”

‘WE’ marks Will’s last recording with Arcade Fire. The album will be released on May 6 via Columbia.

Meanwhile, Arcade Fire was announced as a replacement for Foo Fighters at the Osheaga Music And Arts Festival.

The three-day event will take place in Montreal, Canada between July 29 and August 1, with A$AP headliners Rocky and Dua Lipa on Saturday and Sunday nights respectively. This will mark the 15th anniversary of the festival.

The Foo Fighters topped the list on Friday night, but last month canceled all of their upcoming shows following the tragic death of their drummer Taylor Hawkins.

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