Nova Scotia music fans are going to have one helluva great summer – after the excitement over the confirmation that Metallica will be playing at Citadel Hill in Halifax on July 14, it was just announced that indie rock band Arcade Fire will be performing in Nova Scotia this summer as well. Before they open for U2 they will play at Dartmouth’s Alderney Landing on Thursday, July 28.
The band will perform with singer/violinist and collaborator Owen Pallett, who is also known by the name Final Fantasy – he has played with Arcade Fire on albums as well as at live shows. The Dartmouth show will take place just two days before the home-grown band opens for U2 in Moncton, New Brunswick.
The Montreal band broke onto the music scene with their first studio album "Funeral" in 2004, which they followed up with 07's "Neon Bible." However, Arcade Fire really reached mainstream success last year with the release of "The Suburbs," which earned them the Grammy for Album of the Year, beating out biggies like Eminem, Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, and Katy Perry, as well as a number of Juno Awards and other accolades. The band consists of the husband-wife duo Win Butler and Régine Chassagne along with Richard Reed Parry, Will Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Sarah Neufeld, and Jeremy Gara.
According to the Chronicle Herald, advance tickets for the all-ages show at Dartmouth will go on sale on Friday at all Ticketpro outlets (1-888-311-9090 or www.ticketpro.ca). Admission is $39.50, plus fees and a $1 charitable donation to KANPE, a humanitarian aid organization working in Haiti, the native country of Arcade Fire singer Regine Chassagne’s parents.