Arcade Fire took time off following their successful Reflektor run to pursue solo projects, and now the Canadian band has announced their first live shows of 2016. The shows will include a Haiti benefit featuring David Byrne.
The band will headline two European festivals in July during the same weekend: Spain's Bilbao BBK Live and Portugal's NOS Alive. Both take place from July 7th through 9th, with Arcade Fire confirmed to headline NOS on Sunday. At BBK, the band will perform alongside Pixies, Foals, Hot Chip, Father John Misty, New Order, Wolf Alice and more, while Radiohead, the Chemical Brothers, the 1975, Tame Impala and Robert Plant will appear at NOS.
Prior to the pair of festival dates, Arcade Fire will headline a show in Montreal on February 19th to benefit KANPE, a charity for Haiti co-founded by the band's singer and multi-instrumentalist Régine Chassagne. Special guests include David Byrne, Saul Williams and The Office star Rainn Wilson.
Earlier this month, the band paid tribute to David Bowie with a memorial parade in New Orleans, where Preservation Hall Jazz Band and costumed Bowie fans joined them to sing many of the rock star's classic songs throughout the French Quarter. Bowie had been one of their biggest fans and had made some of his final stage appearances a decade ago with the then-new band.
Since releasing Reflektor in 2013, a few of the band's members have pursued solo projects in the interim. Will Butler debuted his solo LP Policy last year, while drummer Jeremy Gara has announced a forthcoming album titled Limn.