2016/07/23, WayHome, Oro-Medonte
Arcade Fire conqueror everything on “home” soil.
Arcade Fire – 2016/07/23 – WayHome, Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada.
Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Will Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Jeremy Gara, Richard Reed Parry. Touring musicians: Sarah Neufeld and Owen Pallett (violin/keys). Matt Bauder, and Stuart Bogie (brass/horns). Diol Edmond, and Tiwill Duprate (percussion).
01. Ready to Start
02. The Suburbs
03. The Suburbs (Continued)
04. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
07. We Exist
08. Normal Person
09. Keep the Car Running – with Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” as intro
11. My Body Is a Cage
12. We Used to Wait
13. No Cars Go
15. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
16. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
17. Rebellion (Lies)
18. Here Comes the Night Time
19. Wake Up
Setlist info: No encore break.
110 minutes. 21:30-23:20 local time. 20 min past their scheduled time slot.
The by far biggest crowd of the festival witnessed Arcade Fire slay the main stage. The band finished this run of of dates on what I guess you’d have to call home soil by headlining the Saturday at WayHome, not far from Toronto. The festival’s from what I hear most anticipated set delivered big time. Win sat the tone by smashing the countdown clock displaying how much time of their set they had left. The band ended up playing well over their timeslot had ended. And nobody minded, of course!
Tonight Win Butler used the spotlight to urge the Canadian government to support young and upcoming bands. “I just wanna say that when we were first starting as band in Montreal, almost every band I knew was on a grant. The Canadian government doesn’t just need to give money to bands like us; they need to give it to smaller bands – because this is really fucking hard. So please consider it. It’s worth it.” Good man.
Régine was handed a Haiti flag from a fan for… Haïti! Régine should always dance with a Haiti flag really. Should make that a tradition to always bring a Haiti flag.
When it was time for “Keep the Car Running” Win started singing Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” as intro.
As has become traditional “Wake Up” closed the set and when the band finished it and were about to walk off fireworks on the site went off. The band stayed on the stage to watch it together with the crowd. A fitting end to a brilliant night and fantastic run of festival dates.