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Critics not pleased with Arcade Fire’s strict dress code for upcoming tour

Win Butler, right, and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, perform Oct. 24, 2013 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami.

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Canadian rock band Arcade Fire is getting heat for instituting a dress code for its upcoming North American arena tour.

On the Ticketmaster pages hawking seats for the Montreal group's upcoming tour, a note at the top of the page reads: "Please wear formal attire or costume."

The tour begins March 6 in Louisville and stops in Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg before wrapping in Montreal on August 30.

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The band had made similar sartorial demands before a show in Montreal in September and in London earlier this month, when NME reported that frontman Win Butler told the crowd: "To anyone who felt uncomfortable dressing up — I'm not sorry."

The demand is garnering some backlash, with online cultural magazine Slate writing that the move is "presumptuous" and "an attempt to reinforce the band's status as capital-A Artists."

Arcade Fire topped charts in Canada and the U.S. with its double-disc opus "Reflektor," released in October. Their previous album, "The Suburbs," also debuted at No. 1 before winning album of the year honours at the Grammys and Juno Awards.

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