Arcade Fire have just announced dates for their upcoming world tour, with the notable exclusion of any Australian shows. The band have pigeon-holed a large break between July 30 and August 31st and one could only assume this time will be utilised for their rumoured Australian tour, including a headline performance on the final night of Splendour in the Grass.
OK, maybe we’re being a little bit optimistic, but the pieces do fit.
This is purely speculation and guess work at the moment, however the gap in the band’s tour schedule and absence of Australasian dates could mean that they’ve been booked for Fuji Rock in Japan and Splendour in Australia and, due to the respective festival organisers having the power of embargo over any billing announcements, the dates need to be kept under wraps until the official lineup reveal dates.
It’s not unusual for big international acts to do the Fuji-Splendour back-to-back appearances – being in the right (or south) hemisphere at the right time. In 2010 The Strokes, Hot Chip, Broken Social Scene, Foals, LCD Soundsystem, Alberta Cross and Yeasayer did cross over appearances at both festivals.
To add more fuel to the fire, Arcade Fire also appeared on the Splendour Lineup Leak that went semi-viral earlier this month and was later confirmed by the festival organisers as a fake. Was it a red herring though? Maybe the “fake” lineup was actually the real deal?
We haven’t seen much speculating since Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
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