Arcade Fire celebrated their 2013 album Reflektor with two intimate costume parties in Bushwick, but faced some backlash later on when they asked people to dress up for their whole tour, and then told their fans the dress code was "super not mandatory." That hasn't stopped them from sending out a dress code for their intimate Brooklyn record release show at Grand Prospect Hall on Thursday (7/27), which asks you not to wear shorts, large logos, flip flops, tank tops, crop tops, baseball hats, or solid white or red clothing. They "reserve the right to deny entry to anyone dressed inappropriately."

They're also going to have you check any phones, smart watches, or other recording devices into a Yondr pouch before entering the show. Here's the message they emailed to ticket winners:

No cellphones, cameras or recording devices will be allowed at this show. Upon arrival, all phones and smart watches will be secured in Yondr pouches that will be unlocked at the end of the show. Guests maintain possession of their phones throughout the night, and if needed, may access their phones at designated Yondr unlocking stations in the lobby.

Our dress code is HIP & TRENDY as if you are going to a concert or night out with friends! The event is standing-room-only so please plan accordingly.
PLEASE DO NOT WEAR shorts, large logos, flip flops, tank tops, crop tops, baseball hats, solid white or red clothing. We reserve the right to deny entry to anyone dressed inappropriately.


6:30pm: 1iota Check-in Opens
7:45pm: 1iota Check-in Closes
8:30pm - 9:00pm: Everything Now Live

UPDATE: Arcade Fire deny the existence of a dress code. They tweeted: "If dress code is ‘hip and trendy,’ band members will not be allowed through the door…hip and trendy people will have to play the music. Band announces, ‘Wear whatever you want to any show.’ This has been an actual band announcement."

UPDATE 2: See a screenshot of the ticket and instructions below.

Arcade Fire's new album Everything Now comes out the day after the Brooklyn show (read a review), and their proper tour includes a much larger NYC show at MSG in September. No word on a dress code or cell phone rules for that tour at this time.

Arcade Fire at Grand Prospect Hall

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