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Arcade Fire takes heat for fan dress-up demand

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TORONTO -- Canadian rock band Arcade Fire is getting heat for instituting a dress code for its upcoming North American arena tour.

On the Ticketmaster pages hawking seats for the Montreal group's upcoming tour, a note at the top of the page reads: "Please wear formal attire or costume."

The tour begins March 6 in Louisville and stops in Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg before wrapping in Montreal on August 30.

The band had made similar sartorial demands before a show in Montreal in September and in London earlier this month, when NME reported that frontman Win Butler told the crowd: "To anyone who felt uncomfortable dressing up -- I'm not sorry."

The demand is garnering some backlash, with online cultural magazine Slate writing that the move is "presumptuous" and "an attempt to reinforce the band's status as capital-A Artists."

Arcade Fire topped charts in Canada and the U.S. with its double-disc opus Reflektor, released in October. Their previous album, The Suburbs, also debuted at No. 1 before winning album of the year honours at the Grammys and Juno Awards.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 20, 2013 C2

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