Feist quits Arcade Fire tour after Dublin exposes sexual misconduct claims against lead singer Win Butler

Canadian musician Feist has given up her support position on her current Arcade Fire tour, following allegations of sexual misconduct against band frontman Win Butler.

The singer-songwriter said the decision was “extremely difficult” and that she chose to “separate herself from this tour (but) not this conversation”.

Feist supported Arcade Fire at two Dublin performances at 3 Arena, and Feist – whose full name is Leslie Feist – said she realized she had to leave the tour while playing on stage and listening to songs again. for those two nights.

She will also donate all sales from the shows to Women’s Aid.

It comes after Butler faced sexual misconduct allegations from four people, first reported by US music publication Pitchfork on Saturday.

In two statements to Pitchfork, Butler denied the allegations and said that the sexual interactions he had with four people were consensual.

Arcade Fire recently embarked on a major European tour, with Feist supporting them for their first two days in Dublin on August 30 and 31.

But in a lengthy post on social media, Feist – whose full name is Leslie Feist and known by her nickname Feist-, explained that she is “claiming my responsibility and going home”.

“At a pub in Dublin, after practicing with my band, I read the same headline as you did,” the post read.

“We don’t have any time to prepare for what’s to come, let alone the chance to decide not to fly across the ocean into the belly of this situation.

“This has been incredibly difficult for me and I can only imagine how much harder it has been for those who come forward. More than anything I wish healing for those involved.”

Feist says the situation sparked a conversation “bigger than me” or her songs and “certainly bigger than any rock and roll tour”.

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“Staying on tour would mean I’m defending or ignoring harm caused by Win Butler and leaving would imply that I’m the judge and jury.”

She continued: “The last two nights on stage, my songs made this decision for me.

“I’ve always written songs to call out my subtle struggles, aspire to be my best, and take responsibility when needed.

“And I take my own responsibility now and go home.”

Arcade Fire has been contacted for comment.

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/music-news/feist-quits-arcade-fire-tour-after-dublin-shows-over-sexual-misconduct-claims-against-lead-singer-win-butler-41955326.html Feist quits Arcade Fire tour after Dublin exposes sexual misconduct claims against lead singer Win Butler

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