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Arcade Fire to set docklands alight in December O2 show

ARCADE FIRE are blazing back to Ireland after a storming Oxegen headline performance.

The Canadian rockers will return here for an end-of-year show at the O2 on December 5, the Herald can reveal.

The seven-piece Montreal band put in a storming set at Oxegen last month where they went down a treat with festival-goers.

The announcement of the Dublin show comes as Arcade Fire enjoy number-one success with their new album, Suburbs.

Lead singer Win Butler, his wife Regine Chassagne, his brother Will, and the other four members of the band -- Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara -- launched the album at the start of August.

Their latest project has already been garnering as much praise as their previous releases -- Neon Bible (2006) and debut album Funeral (2004), which is often considered to be one of the best albums of the past decade.

Suburbs, for its part, debuted at the top spot in Ireland, the UK and Norway, and has now reached the same position in the US.



Email

Their latest chart-topper was inspired by an email that Win received from a childhood friend who had lived in the same Texan neighbourhood as him.

A photograph of Win's friend and the man's daughter was attached to the email which brought up memories of the songwriter's past growing up in suburban America.

"The combination of seeing this familiar place and seeing my friend with his child brought back a lot of feelings from that time.

"I found myself trying to remember the town that we grew up in and trying to retrace as much as I could remember," the frontman said.

The band will be supported by Americans Vampire Weekend, who also played at Oxegen this year, and Devendra Banhart, a singer-songwriter from Houston, Texas.

Tickets for the show can be purchased at Ticketmaster and usual outlets for €55.80 per person (including booking fee) from next Friday at 9am.

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