Arcade Fire @ The (fucking) Corn Exchange, Edinburgh
I should start by saying me and the Corn Exchange have some historical issues but I was willing to put them to one side for a chance to see AF play an ‘intimate’ gig (as much as a 3000 capacity venue can be classed as intimate, ffs!!).
Was it good? Oh yes, it was good. It was brilliant. In fact it’s probably challenging for gig of the year for me so far.
They played ‘in the round’ (well, ‘in the square’ if you want to be pedantic). Stage was pretty small and cramped given there were nine of them up there along with a shitload of equipment. Chucked 3 new songs into the set list and they all sounded great live. More ‘dancey’ than the old indie-rock stuff. Played all the big hits(?) too.
Venue was hot as hell and the band were a sweaty mess by the end, but genuinely looked like they were having a great time. Great stuff.
(oh, and Patrice Evra and Paul Hartley have fitted into the line-up nicely)