In light of the recent allegations of sexual misconduct against Arcade Fire singer Win Butler, the band’s current frontman, Feist, announced Thursday that she is leaving the tour.
“Staying on the tour symbolized that I was defending or ignoring the harm done by Win Butler, and would imply that I am judge and jury,” Feist wrote in an Instagram post, describing his decision the leave a trip. “I was never here to champion or accompany Arcade Fire – I was here to stand on my own two feet on a stage where I grew up feeling like I belonged and deserved my place. I play for my band, my crew, all our loved ones and families and the people who pay their hard earned money to share space in the collective synergy that is their shows. The ebb and flow of my successes, failures and other decisions on all our careers and I. I admit that I am lucky to be able to travel the world singing songs about my life, my thoughts and my experiences and that is what my career will be.
“We did not have time to prepare for what was to come, not to mention his decision not to cross the ocean in the belly of this situation. This was extremely difficult for me and I can imagine how difficult it was more for the. people who came forward. More than anything, I want those involved to be healed.”
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The allegations against Butler first surfaced in a detailed Pitchfork report just days before the band embarked on their European tour. Several women spoke to the publication about sexual interactions with Butler that were inappropriate, with clear differences in age, power dynamics, and the context in which the interactions took place.
Feist performed on Tuesday night at the band’s inaugural concert in Dublin, Ireland, but announced that he would donate proceeds from his merchandise to Women’s Aid Dublin.
“I’ve always written songs to name my own subtle struggles, to do my best and claim my responsibility when I need to. And now I’m claiming my responsibility and going home,” he said.
The Canadian indie pop singer was announced as the opening act for Arcade Fire in May, when his tour dates in support of his latest album “We” were announced. The band’s next show after their opening date in Dublin is on September 2nd in Birmingham, England. Beck is set to open with acoustic sets for the band’s North American leg.
Read Feist’s full statement below: