On Friday, April 1 Arcade Fire has been confirmed to headline the AT&T Block Party as part of the 2022 NCAA March Madness Music Festival in New Orleans. The three-day Music Festival (April 1-3), held at Woldenberg Park in New Orleans, will provide fans with star-studded entertainment during Men’s Final Four weekend.
Formed in Montreal and currently operating out of New Orleans, Arcade Fire has long maintained a well-earned reputation as one of the best live bands in the world. "The Lightning I, II,” the first single from the band's eagerly anticipated new album “WE”, was just released to a rapturous reception from fans and critics alike, with The New York Times raving “Arcade Fire ignites a fresh era…burning once again with an earnest, fiery hope.” Arcade Fire's AT&T Block Party performance promises to feature a first look and listen to tracks from the upcoming “WE” alongside classics from the band’s GRAMMY winning catalog.
Friday night’s AT&T Block Party will also feature New Orleans natives Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and DJ Rusty Lazer.
Opening for Arcade Fire is the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band, whose music can be heard throughout the French Quarter and is considered the ‘soundtrack of the city’, bringing sounds and culture from around the world together in New Orleans.
“It’s always a thrill and good time when the NCAA Men’s Final Four comes to New Orleans. For us, there’s nothing quite like the joy of sharing our music in our hometown. Everyone’s a winner,” said Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Fans in New Orleans can register for free passes to the AT&T Block Party beginning today at 11 a.m. E.T.
Fans tuning in from home or on the go can catch the performances on att.com/5Gfanzone, where the livestream will include the interactive AT&T 5G Concert Lens. Using AT&T 5G powered devices, this feature will broadcast multiple camera angles simultaneously, allowing fans to select the vantage point from which they’ll watch the show. The concert will also be streamed on @ATT as well as the NCAA app.
In support of New Orleans and the recent tornados that hit the community, Arcade Fire and AT&T will each donate $25,000 through SBP to assist in rebuilding the city and the homes of the victims of the devastating natural disaster. Text SBP at 501501 to make a one-time $20 donation to support SBP.
For more details about the weekend, fans can stay up-to-date by visiting ncaa.com/marchmadness/musicfest following @MFinalFour on Twitter, or downloading the Men’s Final Four app presented by AT&T. Follow @ATT for surprise guests, behind-the-scenes access and more throughout the weekend!
As previously announced, Khalid will headline Infinite Sounds by Coca-Cola Starlight on Saturday, April 2, and Imagine Dragons will headline the Capital One JamFest on Sunday, April 3. Capital One cardholders will get exclusive early access to free tickets for Capital One JamFest starting today through Tuesday, March 22, at 11:59 p.m. ET or as supplies last. Registration for the general public will go live on Wednesday, March 23, at 10 a.m. ET.
The full NCAA March Madness Music Festival schedule is below:
Friday, April 1 – AT&T Block Party
- Performances from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m local time
- Arcade Fire
- Preservation Hall Jazz Band
- DJ Rusty Lazer
Saturday, April 2 – Infinite Sounds by Coca-Cola Starlight
- Performances from 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time
- The Kid Laroi
- Lucky Daye
Sunday, April 3 - Capital One JamFest®
* Capital One debit or credit cardholders*get early access to tickets beginning Mar. 21; general access begins Mar. 23.
- Performances from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. local time
- Imagine Dragons
- Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
* Private label cards excluded
Specific media event credentials will be issued for Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 1-3) at Woldenberg Park. Men's Final Four game credentials will not be accepted.
All Men’s Final Four events will adhere to the local city guidelines with regards to health and safety. For up-to-date information on health guidelines, go to https://ready.nola.gov/incident/coronavirus/safe-reopening/. For security policies at fan events and venues, click here.
The NCAA March Madness Music Festival is an activation extension of the NCAA’s Corporate Champions and Partners marketing program, which Turner Sports and CBS Sports license and collaborate on as part of an agreement with the NCAA.
TBS will televise the Division I Men’s Final Four, beginning with the Division I Men’s National Semifinals on Saturday, April 2, and then the Division I Men’s National Championship on Monday, April 4, from New Orleans. This marks the sixth time that New Orleans will host the Final Four and the first time since 2012.