Here we go! The first show of the upcoming tour this summer was just announced. Arcade Fire will headline Oxegen Festival in Ireland, July 9 to 11. It's said they'll top the bill on the first night, July 9, but that is yet to be confirmed.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 12, at 8am (GMT).
My reaction to this was naturally a big 'Wooooaaaaahhh!!'. Mainly because the date is a lot earlier than expected. I know most Irish festival goers were hoping they'd play Electric Picnic instead though. The chances of that happening now seem very very slim at best.
Arcade Fire will indeed headline Oxegen on the Friday night, July 9.
Irish Times' Jim Carroll says the Oxegen deal includes a few shows at the O2 in Dublin later on.