UPDATED (10/17/13, 9 p.m.) Oh, how things change. There are 90+ tickets to the Arcade Fire show at 299 Meserole on Stubhub. What does this say about the band, the scene and today’s children:
UPDATED (10/15/13, 4 p.m.) Arcade Fire Tube has announced the on-sale time for these shows:
“Presale starts Wednesday, October 16 at 10 AM EST. general public on Thursday, 10/17 at 10 AM EST”
ALL REFLEKTOR PRE-ORDERS INCLUDE FIRST ACCESS TO TICKET ON SALES FOR
SPECIAL SHOWS AND THE FORTHCOMING WORLD TOUR.
Better get on that pre-order bandwagon now, unless you want to wait six hours to get into 299 Meserole this weekend. Arcade Fire Tube is suggesting that working codes are going out NOW.
We’ve been hard at work over the last few days trying to figure out just where in the hell (or where in Brooklyn, to be more accurate) The Arcade Fire would be playing their big CMJ shows on October 18 and 19 after our reporter Carly McAlpine found a poster at Burger It Up in Bushwick alluding to the performances in her weekend travels. We’ve ruled out most venues and sort of hit a road block, at least until earlier today, when we received an anonymous tip from someone related to the show.
We were told in a “roundabout” way, that East Williamsburg art space at 299 Meserole St. would be the location for said shows, an intimate space (relatively speaking) for the Grammy Award-winning band who have captivated music fans since Funeral dropped way back in 2004. A show in an art space seems to have a similar vibe to the secret show they did up in Montreal recently, so we dug a little deeper.
We reached out to the venue to inquire as to the availability of the space for the two dates, and were informed that the space was indeed booked. We inquired if we could be involved with the shows in some capacity, as they’d be taking place during CMJ. We were told that we could not and that a “very big band” would be playing the space and that our assistance would not be required.
By now, I think anyone would be putting two and two together. We thought that perhaps we could learn something from the good folks at Arcade Fire Tube, who seem to have the inside track on this album cycle, but they either didn’t seem to know too much, or they weren’t telling us what they knew.
We then reached out to Arcade Fire’s management to see if we could get some answers, and perhaps lend a hand in getting word out about the shows when the time came to announce them. The long and the short of it is that they did not deny what we had seemingly uncovered, though they didn’t really confirm it either. We got a neutral response and a “hope to see you there.”
So this one’s up to you guys. Did we connect enough dots? Dot enough “i’s?” Cross enough “t’s?” Are these shows going to be at 299 Meserole St?
If this is all true, then we’d expect fans will have to line up earlier in the day to score a wristband to guarantee entry to the event. Might be worth taking a couple days off, eh? According to Consequence of Sound, fans waited for wristbands for up to six hours for the Montreal show. Remember, a strict dress code WILL be enforced, so better cop some formal wear or a sick costume. The Montreal show, as Consequence of Sound pointed out, was a wild costume disco, with a tiger-striped mask-wearing Win Butler, neon palm trees, and most importantly, nine new Arcade Fire songs.