The band were honouring the man they attribute their success to
Arcade Fire collaborated with Bowie for a live performance in 2005 and a song on their 2013 album Reflektor
Arcade Fire and Lily Allen have already been confirmed as performers
The Canadian rockers will be playing at Worth Farm in Somerset next June
We've had Anna Nicole, the opera, is Kanye West, the ballet next at the Royal Opera House? Tomorrow, the Royal Ballet soloist Kristen McNally will present a short piece based on West's last album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, at the Apple Store in London's Covent Garden. The piece, for two female dancers and three male, is set to a 12-minute mix of tracks with snippets of Mozart's Requiem (which features in West's video for "Runaway"). "I've pulled the album apart – there are so many instrumentals on it – and I've made my own little narrative", says McNally. The dancers – wearing pointe shoes and Kanye's signature shutter shades – will appear for half-hour slots at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm and will encourage shoppers to get involved with the choreography. "I'm making it quite interactive", says McNally. "I'm assuming most of the people there will never have set foot in the Royal Opera House and yet it's just around the corner". West himself is something of a recent ballet convert. His album artwork features a ballerina while the video for "Runaway" plays out as a 35-minute epic, with a full company of dancers in black tutus. When West performed the song on Saturday Night Live he was backed by a Swan Lake-style troupe. "I would love him to see it", says McNally, who recently danced on stage with Thirty Seconds to Mars at Brixton Academy, alongside Principal ballerina Lauren Cuthbertson. "I'm going get everyone in the shop to Tweet him and send him a video of the ballet. Maybe he'll invite us to dance with him at Coachella next week."
Arcade Fire were overwhelmed by their shock 'Best Album' Grammy win.
The band have teamed up with director Spike Jonze for a film to accompany their latest album. It illuminates the record's heart of darkness, says Elisa Bray
It starts so well. For the first few minutes of their third album, My Little Cheap Dictaphone – a Belgian band led by Redboy – mine the same rich seam of vintage sounds as the Real Tuesday Weld and the Shortwave Set, creating a haunted junkshop feel.
Last year's collaboration with Scarlett Johansson was probably more aesthetically pleasing, but music fans will likely be more excited by Pete Yorn's latest hook-up with Frank Black, aka Black Francis.
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An Arcade Fire tour is a celebrated but rare occurrence. While we eagerly await the Canadian indie-rock band's next UK appearance, a documentary of the band is being released on DVD on Monday, which shows live footage. The band made a documentary of the making and touring of their 2007 album Neon Bible. Miroir Noir, directed by the band's friend and collaborator Vincent Morisset and shot by Vincent Moon. The 70-minute film shows the band on the road, live onstage and at work in the studio. It also features short films made while they were touring. The film can also be downloaded at www.miroir-noir.com