The newly imposed Arcade Fire dress code is angering fans …
but the Montreal collective doesn’t seem to be backing down anytime soon.
Arcade Fire, the latest big name set to headline Coachella 2014, is now facing tremendous criticism over a controversial policy to enforce a dress code. The band is requiring all fans in attendance to arrive wearing “formal attire or costume,” according to Ticketmaster. The policy applies to all dates throughout their North American tour.
The policy is no doubt drawing tremendous criticism from fans and Arcade Fire detractors alike. Fans are upset because the dress code will no doubt add to the expense of tickets already priced between $50 – $250 on average. Cynics are citing the policy as a blatant example of the band’s oft-cited pretentious attitude.
Frontman Win Butler is seemingly content fanning the flames. During a show in London, Butler announced to the crowd, “TO anyone who felt uncomfortable dressing up – I’m not sorry.”
While similar bands like LCD Soundsystem have called for a dress code in the past, the policy was never enforced among fans. Certain venues along Arcade Fire’s tour will play host to 15,000 fans — it remains to be seen whether individuals who don’t adhere will be turned away in droves. Considering the policy is being issued via soul-sucking Ticketmaster, we won’t be surprised to heard entry refusals.