If you have been living under an Internet rock for the past couple of days, we will be the first to inform you that Arcade Fire is playing an intimate 600 capacity “secret” show tonight in L.A.
The rumor mill started churning last Thursday morning when Arcade Fire manager Scott Rodger posed the question: “Where would be the best small venue in LA to do a really great show for Arcade Fire? Any ideas?,” to his followers on Twitter, further specifying that he needed a 500-600 capacity venue where the stage could accommodate 2 drum kits and 9 people.
The secret venue was secured the next day, Friday (2/4/11), and news that the show would be all ages with “cheap” tickets came Monday, with the promise that full ticket information would be announced within 48 hours. By the end of the workday Wednesday, there wasn’t a peep from either Rodger or Arcade Fire, and fans started getting antsy. By 7:30 Wednesday evening the promised announcement came when Arcade Fire tweeted that tickets for the L.A. show will go on sale Friday at noon, from only 3 locations. No online ticket sales available, and to avoid people sleeping outside, information will be staggered.
Well that’s when things took a turn for the worse. While camp Arcade Fire said one thing (“to avoid people sleeping outside, we will be staggering the info”), they did another, by posting at 9 PM PST Thursday evening, the not-quite-cryptic clues (90026, 90036, 90803) of where tickets would be going on sale the following day. Was it just a big mistake? A Twitter malfunction? Or did team Arcade Fire believe that true fans would continue to refresh their pages and set up concrete campgrounds anyways? . . . Was it all just a test?
Test or not, throngs of fans set upon the three chosen ticket locations: Origami Vinyl in Echo Park, El Rey Theatre in the Miracle Mile district, and Fingerprints Music in Long Beach, within minutes. With about 180-200 tickets per location, and each person able to purchase 2 tickets each (with picture ID and guest’s name), it was an almost hopeless affair for those who ventured out after the sun came up. Believe us, we know.
Timbre Tantrum staff arrived bleary-eyed at the wrap-around-the-block El Rey Theatre line at about 8 AM PST, and commenced a wait-a-thon highlighted only by a wristband handout at 11 AM (signifying the first 185 people in line with a “chance” to get tickets) and a few scant patches of shade. Arcade Fire’s Official Website announced the full ticket info at 9 AM as promised, but the damage was already done. Tickets went on sale at Noon, but at 1 PM with the box office in sight, our dreams of communing up-close-and-personal with the Canadian collective were dashed. We used to wait, yes, but we also used to get tickets.
Tonight’s not-so-secret Arcade Fire show takes place at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Los Angeles, an unconventional 600-person capacity venue on Melrose Ave. Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 9:00 PM. Street artist, Shepard Fairey, will open the evening’s festivities with a DJ set. It should go without saying, but tickets for tonight’s concert are completely SOLD OUT.