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Arcade Fire Join Coachella Lineup — Yes, the Day Before the Festival Starts

Arcade Fire Join Coachella Lineup
Ryan Muir

Almost literally at the last minute, Arcade Fire have been announced as performers at the Coachella Music & Artist Festival taking place in Indio, California this and next weekends. The group will perform on Friday — yes, tomorrow.

The appearahce was announced in a tweet from the official Coachella account, and Arcade Fire’s own Twitter account posted a photo of frontman Win Butler in front of a palm tree, with the caption: “Decided to spend my birthday somewhere warm and dry.”

Arcade Fire will perform from 6:45-7:45 p.m. in the Mojave tent, sandwiched in between sets from Carly Rae Jepsen and Idles. The group joins a stacked bill tomorrow that features a headline performance from Harry Styles, as well as sets from Phoebe Bridgers, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Spiritualized, Daniel Caesar, Lil Baby, the Avalanches, Peggy Gou, Madeon and Big Sean, among many others.

The Coachella news comes on the same day Arcade Fire were confirmed to replace Foo Fighters at the Osheaga festival in Montreal on July 29, following the recent death of Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins. As of now, no further 2022 tour dates have been announced.

Butler and his bandmates have quite a history at Coachella, having performed there for the first time in 2005 as their star was on the ascent and scoring major slots in 2007, 2011 and 2014. Arcade Fire’s 2005 rendition of “Rebellion (Lies)” is prominently featured on the “Coachella” retrospective DVD, which was released the following year.

As previously reported, the band will release its first album in nearly five years, “We,” on May 3 via Columbia. Over the past few weeks the group played a series of benefit concerts for Ukrainian relief in New Orleans and New York, raising more than $150,000.

At them, the group debuted five songs from the album, including the two-part first single “The Lightning,” “Age of Anxiety I” and its companion “Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)” and “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid).”

The group’s first show in New York culminated with the entire band and much of the audience marching out onto Delancey Street in front of the Bowery Ballroom, singing the final song of the set — and the song that introduced them to most of the world — “Wake Up,” the opening track from their 2004 debut album, “Funeral.”

At the final Bowery Ballroom show on March 21, Arcade Fire was joined on stage by actor Mike Myers, who gave a brief speech about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and longtime compatriot David Byrne, who lent a hand on a closing cover of Plastic Ono Band’s “Give Peace a Chance.”

Arcade Fire’s return to activity this month also included the surprise announcement of longtime member Will Butler’s departure from the band. Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner filled Butler’s role during the New Orleans and New York shows.