Arcade Fire Concert Dress Code: The Ultimate Guide


Photo by Guy Aroch

Arcade Fire are nothing if not unseriously serious. When they announced their Reflektor tour last year, the band also told fans that formalwear or costumes would be necessary to get into their shows. After the upset that mandate caused, Arcade Fire noted that their dress code request isn't actually mandatory, but it's a hell of a lot more fun if crowds get into their finest or funkiest ensembles.

Pop star fans do it all the time -- like Gaga's Little Monsters. Plus, if bands like GWAR can get their fans to dress up and get spattered in gross stuff, then Arcade Fire should be able to do it, too. (Sans the spattering.)

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, we've got some sartorial inspiration for the show -- whether you're into making costumes, formalwear, or just going low-key.

For the costume lovers...

Max from Where the Wild Things Are
Haven't you always wanted to see a concert in a onesie?
Step one: Get a hooded onesie.
Step two: Make some pointy ears and a crown out of felt.
Step three: Let the wild rumpus start.

Or you can always half-ass this costume with a gray-ish sweatshirt, a construction-paper crown, and a homemade tail.

Tatiana Craine
A Hunger Games fan's homemade Effie Trinket costume.
Hunger Games Remember the Capitol's anthem from the Hunger Games? Yeah, Arcade Fire had a hand in creating that. Get into the couture Capitol spirit and dress up as Effie Trinket. Pop on a cotton candy-like wig, grab an old prom dress from Ragstock, and put on a faceful of bold makeup.

For the fancy folks...

Denis Jeong Plaster
Lookin' good.

Listen, it's really not that hard to take a leaf out of J.T.'s book and throw on a suit and tie... or a dress if that's your style. Y'all know how to spiff yourselves up -- slick that hair back and put on some shiny shoes. How many occasions do you get to dress up and rock out? Take 'em when you can, especially if they involve Arcade Fire.

For the lazy listeners...

Still from Her
Two peas in an OS pod.
Low-key casual

You're into Arcade Fire, but you don't want to put in too much effort. No worries, you could always throw on one of those tuxedo T-shirts -- those are still a thing, right? Just kidding, no.

Take some inspiration from Her -- the movie, that is. Arcade Fire member Win Butler scored the movie with Owen Pallett, and they earned an Oscar nod for their work. Get inspired by Selleck-stached Theodore Twombly -- all you need are a button-down shirt, some khakis, and some thick facial hair. Or you can "dress up" as Theodore's friend Amy, the frizzy-haired documentarian who also becomes besties with her OS.

Or just dress like yourself and pretend you're in a relationship with your phone -- because honestly, who isn't?

Finally, if you like Arcade Fire, bought a ticket for their concert, and for some reason still don't want to dress up -- no worries. The band addressed the dress-code-gate controversy on their Facebook:

To everyone really upset about us asking people to dress up at our shows... please relax. It's super not mandatory. It just makes for a more fun carnival when we are all in it together. So far these have been the best shows we have ever played. See you soon. Love, Arcade Fire

Here's Arcade Fire's "Afterlife" lyric video mixed with Marcel Camus's Black Orpheus in the background to get you in the mood for fanfare at the show:


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