This past weekend was a bit of a whirlwind, but an AMAZING one. We took a long weekend to head to Louisville for a night to see Arcade Fire perform at the Yum! Center. This weekend was in the works beginning late last year, when we bought tickets as part of the presale event. Allen bought them, and knowing what we've seen of Arcade Fire's performances on television, decided to take a gamble and go for pit tickets, which left me a bit wary. For their Reflektor tour, the band has been asking concert-goers to dress formally or in costume, and in the beginning I couldn't really reconcile how standing in the pit would work in fancy dress or in a costume.
Then, of course, I totally got into it. We knew that the request for formalwear or costumes was just a request, but we don't often have opportunities to get dressed up. We seized this one, and I found an adorable sparkly dress at ModCloth, which went perfectly with my purple party shoes. Allen went in the suit he wore for our wedding along with a black tie and some pretty dashing shoes. Dressing up made the evening feel special. There were tons of people at the concert dressed up, and it definitely set a fun tone for the evening.
The opening acts for the night were Kid Koala and Dan Deacon. Both were unique and made it easy and fun to get down and dance while readying the crowd for Arcade Fire. Kid Koala was fun and upbeat, and Dan Deacon was upbeat, fun, and hilarious, leading the crowd in a dance-off that eventually got everyone on the floor and dancing. It was really incredible and a great way to lead off the evening.
When Arcade Fire took the stage, it was to great fanfare and excitement. They surprised everyone by starting on the stage behind the sound booth, before heading to the mirrored set-up at the front of the room where for just under two hours they played through a good mix of old music and new, including Reflektor and The Suburbs. The energy of the band was incredible, and it was obvious they were having a great time on stage, playing to their heart's content. The show was filled with surprises that included some moves between stages (the one at the back of the room and the front), confetti at the start of the show, wonderful backgrounds and projections, and a confetti cannon at the end of the night.
We danced at the show until our feet hurt, and sang along to our favorite songs. By the time we left the concert we were grinning ear-to-ear at the energy and heart put into the opening show of the Reflektor tour. Our walk back to the hotel was brisk and we remained giddy into the night and even the next day. Arcade Fire was our first concert out of many for 2014, and got us excited for what is to come later in the year.