A climax like no other
Leeds Festival 2010: Arcade Fire

There’s no doubt that Arcade Fire do not belong in a line up consisting of Blink 182 and Guns N’Roses.

The band have a chart topping album but judging by their behaviour you’d never know it. Arcade Fire don’t demand unreasonable terms and at Leeds Festival they certainly didn’t attract the biggest crowd of the weekend.

Yet The Suburbs is why we’re left anticipating the band’s set more than any other. Each member’s sheer enthusiasm as they ruthlessly bash instruments leaves an overwhelming sound, while Win growls each lyric back to the crowd. ‘Rococo’ and ‘We Used To Wait’ stirs an uncomfortable feeling in the pit of our stomachs as the angst ridden vocals over power the performance. Yet it’s the band’s numerous members and instruments which makes Arcade Fire a band to really admire. ‘Laika’ is full of tussling and fights while ‘Crown of Love’ brings a climax like no other.

Arcade Fire may not be rock Gods yet, but give it a few years and many of the Leeds crowd will be wondering where they were that night - and regretting it.

Words by Ruth Offord

See more of Clash's coverage from the Reading/Leeds festival 2010 HERE.

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