A look on the setlist of Reflektor Tour

So, I’m heading to Niigata tomorrow, to see my favorite band at Fuji Rock. I’ve done a few preparation work already, and yet still wondering which songs they would perform on the stage in Mt. Naeba.

As I’ve learnt (only) a bit JS recently, this afternoon I took some time after wrapping up all the office work, and wrote a mini script so as to crawl the setlist data from Setlist.fm.

Given that I still have my luggage to load, here’s some quick takeaway on the Reflektor Tour setlist of my favorite band, Arcade Fire.

(and feel free to download the raw dataset here, if you have time and interest to play with it.)

Please be aware, all my analysis/assumption below, are made on the premise that Setlist.fm got all the setlist correctly.

 

The Reflektor Tour is started from Jan 17, at Big Day Out Auckland. So far, 53 shows have been performed, in 20 different countries.

The top 15 most performed tracks are:

Reflektor 53
Ready to Start 53
The Suburbs (Continued) 53
Here Comes the Night Time 53
Rebellion (Lies) 53
Afterlife 53
The Suburbs 53
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) 53
Wake Up 53
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) 52
Normal Person 52
No Cars Go 48
It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus) 47
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) 47
Joan of Arc 44

My festival mate Sophie’s favorite number Laika has been performed only 7 times…but still, a much bigger chance than my dreaming number Headlights Look Like Diamonds (only once, in Paris). Another one with fairly small chance yet I would love to hear in Japan is Supersymmetry (4 times so far), finger crossed. Oh, and Get Right, please!

35 out of 53 concerts, they treated the audience with extra 3 or 4 songs. The Encore part is actually quite stable, except covering other bands’ songs, which they did very often, those most performed titles are:

Wake Up 33
Here Comes the Night Time 29
Normal Person 24
Reflektor 4
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) 4
Ready to Start 2
Rebellion (Lies) 2
Keep the Car Running 2

Although with those always very refreshing covers, I would not dare to say this part is predictable, either.

Another fascinating point would be the order of the title that appears on the setlist, some songs’ position are more frequently changed than others (when you look at the St. Var. column, the smaller the number is, the greater chance it would appear within a narrow consistent range on the setlist):

Title St Var of # most likely #
Reflektor 6.8 1~2
Flashbulb Eyes 2.4 2~3
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) 4.7 2~4
Rebellion (Lies) 4.1 2~5
Joan of Arc 2.4 3~6
The Suburbs 1.1 5~8
The Suburbs (Continued) 1.1 6~9
Ready to Start 2.3 7~10
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) 1.5 7~11
We Exist 1.9 9~12
No Cars Go 1.4 10~13
Haïti 1.7 11~14
Afterlife 2.2 12~16
It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus) 3.0 13~17
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) 2.4 14~18
Normal Person 7.0 1 or 14~19
Here Comes the Night Time 6.1 16~20
Wake Up 4.8 17~21

(yeah, ready to take out the Haiti nation flag from my bag before the 10th song ending)

Therefore, (just) statistically speaking, a most likely Reflektor Tour’s gig setlist would be (except there must be 1 or 2 covers of course):

1 Reflektor
2 Flashbulb Eyes
3 Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
4 Rebellion (Lies)
5 Joan of Arc
6 The Suburbs
7 The Suburbs (Continued)
8 Ready to Start
9 Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
10 No Cars Go
11 We Exist
12 Afterlife
13 It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus)
14 Haïti
15 Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
16 Normal Person
17 Here Comes the Night Time
18 Wake Up

 

And it appears, North American fans have enjoyed a bit more songs per gig…

Month Area Concerts Total Avg. Length
Jan-Feb ANZ 8 17.1
Mar North America 9 20.6
Mar-Apr Latin America 5 17.2
Apr-May North America 11 19.1
May-Jul Europe 21 18.4

 

Plus, contrary to my blinding optimistic, (sadly) music festivals don’t really get more songs than other venues:

January
Big Day Out Adelaide 17
Big Day Out Auckland 17
Big Day Out Gold Coast 17
Big Day Out Melbourne 17
Big Day Out Sydney 16
February
Big Day Out Perth 16
March
Lollapalooza Chile 17
Vive Latin 17
April
Coachella Festival Weekend 1 18
Coachella Festival Weekend 2 18
Lollapalooza Argentina 17
Lollapalooza Brasil 17
May
Jazz & Heritage Festival 16
Primavera Sound 21
Rock In Rio Lisboa 21
June
Glastonbury Festival 19
Hurricane Festival 17
Northside Festival 18
Norwegian Wood 19
Pinkpop Festival 12
Rock In Roma 19
Southside Festival 17
July
British Summer Time 19

 

Unfortunately it’s almost midnight in Shanghai now, and in order not to miss the early flight next morning, I need to go to bed ASAP instead of digging more on the data. I’d say all the above assumptions are made just for fun. I would not take them too seriously: I think Japan is always a very unique place for Arcade Fire, after all, it seems to be the only Asian country they’ve been tapped into (I might be wrong, though). Plus, it’s Arcade Fire! you’d always expect something surprisingly awesome from them. So, I can’t wait to see what they would bring us in Fuji Rock after 3 weeks’ break!

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