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Arcade Fire Prepping Comeback In Montreal

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Arcade Fire performed with David Byrne at a charity fundraiser in Montreal over the weekend.

The band were joined by the former Talking Heads frontman at the Montreal’s Society for Arts and Technology event on Saturday (February 20). The fundraiser was thrown in aid of the pro-Haiti charity Kanpe, co-founded by Arcade Fire’s Régine Chassagne.

She was joined by husband Win Butler and guitarist Richard Reed Parry with Byrne joining them to perform Talking Heads tracks including 'Road to Nowhere' and 'Naive Melody'. The scaled-down version of Arcade Fire also played with Saul Williams and Preservation Hall Jazz Band on the night. The Office’s Rainn Wilson, Gardy Fury, Vox Sambou, and Fwonte were also on the bill.

The band will headline Bilbao BBK in Spain and Lisbon's NOS Alive in July. They join fellow NOS Alive headliners Radiohead on the bill for the Portuguese festival's 10th birthday celebrations.

The Chemical Brothers, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, John Grant, Courtney Barnett and The 1975 will also appear at the festival, which takes place in Lisbon between July 7-9. Arcade Fire will headline the Sunday night (July 9) after performances from M83 and Jose Gonzalez.

These are the only two European festivals Arcade Fire will play in 2016. The only other concert on the Montreal group’s schedule at present is headlining the WayHome Music & Arts Festival outside Toronto that runs July 22 through 24.

The band is reported to be working on a new album that could be completed this year.