Arcade Fire tweeted that formal dress is "mandatory" for their shows.
I like these guys, but fuck this shit. You can ask your attendees to dress up, but this sounds like a threat. I'd be shocked if anyone in a tee-shirt and jeans actually got denied entry, but this is still pretty stupid.
Post by Professor Pancakes on Nov 19, 2013 18:51:38 GMT -8
I remember when the Beastie Boys toured in 2004 and they encouraged their fans to dress up for the shows and made the theme of the tour a fashion show or something like that. Their reasoning was that it didn't make sense that people would send $50+ on tickets then show up dressed like they just rolled out of bed. They talked about bringing people up on stage and having prizes for the best dressed, etc (although I don't remember them actually doing it), but even they didn't go so far as to say formal dress was mandatory.
There's nothing wrong with asking fans to dress up. I've been to concerts where dressing a certain way is requested, but I've never seen the word mandatory before. To actually imply that fans will be turned away (again, I don't think this will happen) is lame. Not everyone has a suit or ballroom dress, and expecting someone to buy/borrow one for a fucking stadium show is insane.
If I was going to one of these shows, which I'm not because it looks like they'll be at Squamish, I'd probably try and find a fancy dress at a thrift store for shits and giggles. Technically they couldn't say I wasn't dressed formally...
Didn't they say formal dress OR costume? Who the fuck can't throw together something fun to wear to a show? Personally I probably will not go to their show, but if I were, I would be excited abut the fact that they're going to dissuade boring fucking dipshits from doing so.
Last Edit: Nov 19, 2013 19:50:19 GMT -8 by emptyfox
Encouraged? Fine. Hell, even offer some free shit like an MP3 download of the show or whatever if you dress up, but mandatory? Fuck that. They aren't the New York Philharmonic, and even then I'm not sure if there is a mandatory dress code.
I don't think there's anything questionable about enforcing any kind of dress code at any performance people pay to attend. And how the fuck hard is it to have "formal wear or a costume"? Wear a kawaii tiger hat. Boom. You're in. Anyone upset about this is equivalent to those gun owners complaining about how commercial rocket launchers don't exist.
Man, it's really not that big a deal at all Davers. They are trying to do something fun and different and people are getting their sphincters all tightend up. Throw a bowtie over your t-shirt or something.
Good to see the Arcade Fire backlash is happening right on schedule. Just give me the heads up when it's cool to like them again.