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Music / September 2, 2022

Feist leaves Arcade Fire tour following allegations against band’s frontman

Image: David Wolff
Music / September 2, 2022

Feist leaves Arcade Fire tour following allegations against band’s frontman

Words: Ellen Kenny

Feist opened for Arcade Fire in the 3 Arena on Tuesday and Wednesday, but will not continue the rest of the tour with them.

Singer-songwriter Feist has confirmed she is leaving the the UK and Ireland leg of Arcade Fire’s ‘We’ tour. This comes following allegations of sexual misconduct against the band’s frontman, Win Butler.

In a statement published on Twitter, Feist said, “In a pub in Dublin, after rehearsals with my band, I read the same headline as you. We didn’t have any time to prepare for what was coming.”

“This has ignited a conversation that is bigger than me, it’s bigger than my songs and it’s certainly bigger than any rock and roll tour… To stay on tour would symbolize I was either defending or ignoring the harm caused by Win Butler and to leave would imply I was the judge and jury.”

“I was never here to stand for or with Arcade Fire—I was here to stand on my own two feet on a stage… I’ve always written songs to name my own subtle difficulties, aspire to my best self and claim responsibility when I need to. And I’m claiming my responsibility now and going home.”

Allegations against Arcade Fire frontman

This weekend, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women aged 18 to 23 at the time of the interaction with Butler. He was also accused of sexual assault by one person aged 21 at the time of assault.

Butler denied these allegations, but said, “While these relationships were all consensual, I am very sorry to anyone who I have hurt with my behaviour.”

Following the accusations, Feist did not immediately comment and opened for Arcade Fire’s Dublin concerts in the 3 Arena. However, Twitter users noticed a sign at her merchandise stand that all proceed from Feist’s merchandise would go to Dublin Women’s Aid.

Some Twitter users criticised Feist at the time for not commenting on the allegations and still performing in Dublin. Other users defended Feist, citing contractual obligations as a likely reason for Feist’s performances.

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