Arcade Fire Faced With Half-Empty Arenas

Canadian rock band Arcade Fire may be reconsidering their decision to perform at arenas after being faced with half-empty seats on the North American leg of their Infinite Content tour.

The band’s latest album Everything Now did not get the best critical reception, which according to The Globe And Mail is unfortunately holding true with low ticket sales.

In 2010, after the release of their Grammy-winning album The Suburbs, the band moved from smaller venues to arenas.

Only 4,263 fans were in attendance for their Quebec City show, 5,614 in Austin, Texas; 5,051 in Dallas; and 4,004 in Tampa, Florida – even though most arenas have capacities of 10,000 to 20,000 people.

Fortunately the band has had higher attendance in larger cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto. 

“We've played cities three times as big with half as many people, so this is really a thing of beauty for us,” frontman Win Butler told the Vancouver crowd.

To combat low attendance rates, the band has dropped some ticket prices closer to the show dates in smaller cities.