Arcade Fire stopped its Coachella set in the first seconds to call a doctor for a festival-goer

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Arcade Fire performed at Coachella on Friday, April 15, 2022.Courtesy of Coachella/Shea Kopp (AEG Presents Computing)

  • Arcade Fire was added as a surprise addition to the Coachella 2022 lineup on Thursday.

  • Within the first minute of the band’s set on the Mojave stage, frontman Win Butler interrupted the show.

  • He called a doctor for someone in the front row before continuing to perform the new song “The Lightning I, II.”

Seconds after Arcade Fire’s surprise Coachella 2022 kicked off on Friday, frontman Win Butler interrupted the performance, which Insider attended.

“Doctor, doctor please,” he called from the stage in Mojave, looking at someone in the pit. As the lights came on and he continued to call for medical assistance, the audience erupted in cheers.

After checking that the festival-goer was okay, he resumed performing the band’s new song, “The Lightning I, II.”

Later, Butler expanded on the timing and security of the festival.

“If you see someone who’s lost their mind on drugs, find a goddamn doctor,” he told the large crowd, per NME.

Arcade Fire was a surprise addition to the Coachella lineup, which the festival announced on Thursday along with the release of its set times. The hour-long concert featured new songs from their upcoming sixth album, “WE,” which will be released in May.

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Arcade Fire performing at the Mojave Tent at Coachella on April 15, 2022.Courtesy of Coachella/Shea Kopp (AEG Presents Computing)

It’s not the first time a performer has stopped his own show to help someone in the crowd. Earlier this year, Billie Eilish, who will also headline Coachella on Saturday night, interrupted a concert in Atlanta after spotting a distressed fan who couldn’t breathe.

As Insider previously reported, Eilish had her team bring an inhaler to the audience member and checked on her wellbeing several times before resuming her performance.

In December 2021, Variety reported that Travis Scott had been removed from Coachella’s lineup for this year, after 10 people died of compression asphyxiation at his Astroworld festival in November – which police declared an event “of many victims” about 30 minutes before its end.

Scott received heavy criticism for failing to suspend his performance or check on fans who needed medical attention.

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