Feist talks about pulling out of Arcade Fire Tour after misconduct allegations

Feist, the beloved Canadian singer-songwriter known for her introspective lyrics and versatile sound, has spoken out about her decision to leave the European tour supporting Arcade Fire, following allegations of sexual misconduct against frontman Win Butler.

Canadian singer-songwriter Feist has long been a beloved figure in the indie-pop scene, captivating listeners with her versatile sound, introspective lyrics, and powerful voice. But her impact extends far beyond the realm of music, as she has become a leading voice for social and environmental causes.

Recently, Feist made headlines when she pulled out of the European tour supporting Arcade Fire, following allegations of sexual misconduct against the band’s frontman, Win Butler. In an interview with The Irish Times, Feist opened up about her decision, revealing that she was “having an out-of-body experience” during the first performance in Dublin and ultimately decided to leave the tour after claiming her responsibility.


Feist had initially hoped to “duck my head and get through this,” but the first show proved to be a difficult experience for the singer-songwriter. “My body was just doing the songs,” she explained. “My presence is here. Here is what I’m saying. Here is what I am doing. It was sort of this crime-scene wand. You put a wand up and you can see the fingerprints.”

Despite her initial intentions to continue with the tour, Feist ultimately made the difficult decision to leave after the second show. She cited the practical discomfort of being on tour as a contributing factor and revealed, “The whole thing was made so clear to me. I couldn’t continue.”

Feist had already announced that she would donate all proceeds from her merch sales to Women’s Aid in response to the allegations against Butler. Her decision to leave the tour underscores the ongoing conversation surrounding sexual misconduct in the music industry and the need for artists to take a stand against such behavior.

Feist’s actions serve as a reminder of the power of artists to use their platform for good and to stand up for what is right. In a music industry that can often prioritize image over substance, Feist is a rare example of an artist with both talent and heart. Her music and activism have touched the hearts and minds of countless fans around the world, and she continues to be a force for positive change in the world.