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Review: The Reflektors (AKA Arcade Fire) at The Roundhouse

Wednesday 13 November 2013

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Words Alice Bell

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Arcade Fire, so I was overjoyed to finally get to see them after two failed attempts over the years (once at a festival where I was too drunk and the second time I got snowed in – devastating); third time though was very very lucky.

There was a fun tongue-in-cheek atmosphere as the crowd had followed protocol after being informed of the mandatory dress code; fancy dress or formal. I managed a rushed semi-formal buttoned up denim shirt and jacket. I just ended up looking a little like Ellen DeGeneres.

The band came on stage as The Reflektors bathed in light aptly reflected from the multiple disco balls hanging from the centre of The Roundhouse’s impressive dome. Kicking off with the tribal disco beats of Reflektor it was clear the band meant business. The second track was a cover version of Arcade Fire’s¬†Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) – it was a very faithful rendition.


Carrying on with a set that was largely from the new album, the energy was high and the sea of masked faces certainly seemed to agree. Giant heads were donned by the band later on in the night as they joined the fancy dress fun.

Two nights at The Roundhouse didn’t seem enough for the crowds and the many who tried and failed to get tickets. Whether they tour again soon as Arcade Fire and not the invented band of¬†“art school people who pretend to do art.” will be interesting to see.