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Arctic Monkeys are an English indie-rock outfit hailing from Sheffield, and are considered one of the country’s most talented and beloved bands. A raw, young, honest and perceptive quartet, Arctic Monkeys combine bemusement, catchy instrumental loops and a little endearing provocation to create their sound - their music, though predominantly rock, can feature elements of anything from metal to hip-hop.
Genuinely witty lyrics put to music which is simultaneously brash, gentle, danceable, and downright tuneful has crowned them as one of the biggest indie-rock bands ever. Their debut album 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not', released in early 2006, became the fastest-selling debut album in British music history, surpassing Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe', and remains the fastest-selling debut album for a band in the UK.
Though they’d always been one of those bands that performed well in the studio and even better on stage, their live show got even better with each album release, and Arctic Monkeys have long been considered one of the best live acts in modern rock. Touring in support of all their next albums - 2007’s ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’, 2009’s ‘Humbug’, and 2011’s ‘Suck It and See’, all of which hit #1 - too, they’ve perfected how to control a crowd at both festivals and arenas in unprecedented style.
Their fifth studio album ‘AM’ dropped in September 2013, again topping the UK album charts and continuing their champion reign over UK rock.
We've not heard much from them since, however, until 2018 - the band announced their sixth studio album, 'Tranquillity Base Hotel and Casino', due on May 11.
They'll support the record with September arena shows across the UK and Ireland, as well as headlining Glasgow Green’s TRNSMT Festival in July, a string of European festival headline slots and shows, and a stint in North America! Catch them live by checking out the tour dates and concert ticket information below on Stereoboard.
Probably one of the best atmospheres at a gig I have ever experienced! It was never going to be a quiet affair when the Arctic Monkeys make their homecoming! On top form as per usual and amazing to see them in their home town, whats also brilliant is that the fame hasnt gone to their head and turned them arrogant, they seem just as down to earth as they did when they first started out. Loved the show, the set and production was brilliant! All in all great songs, great gig, great band!! Roll on Finsbury Park!
It was my first time seeing Arctic Monkeys, perfect vocally and amazing atmosphere. You would think that the stereotypical rock star life may have altered the way they are, perhaps coming across as a little arrogant or self-centred, but no. They are down-to-earth and seem to be genuinely enjoying the performance and the crowd response.
Their set consisted of material from new album 'AM' mostly, as well as classics such as Brianstorm and I Bet You Look Good, Mardy Bum... Anyone who has seen the Monkeys before would agree that Alex Turner had the crowd in the palm of his hand. Great entertainer and showman. So glad I saw them live!
Having conquered Glastonbury, it was time for Arctic Monkeys to turn their attention to UK arenas in support of their latest album 'AM'.
Arriving on stage to a huge applause, the Sheffield mob begin with 'AM' lead single Do I Wanna Know, before continuing the frenzied pace with Brianstorm, Snap Out Of It, Arabella, Pretty Visitors and - addressing the Geordie females - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, their most popular track which propelled them to stardom back in 2005.
Despite many tracks not making the setlist, there's a great blend of songs from each album, focusing heavily on their latest, which is arguably their best.
London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on October 31 2013
Hands down THE best rock band in Britain!! I last saw the band way back in 2007 but to say the Sheffield band has evolved would be the biggest understatement ever!!
Whereas before they didnt really have enough material to bulk out massive headline shows, now they have music in abundance and it is very easy to forget just how many hits they can add to the setlist! They're all there, from the most recent cuts of Do I Wanna Know, from new album 'AM', to the frenzied sounds of Brianstorm, Teddy Picker and I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor. Its immense, even if we didnt have time for my personal fave When The Sun Goes Down.
Mon 21st May 2018
Photo: Zackary Michael
We already know what’s going to happen when modern day icons Arctic Monkeys release a new album. It’ll top the UK charts (check); it’ll leave critics swooning and kissing their ass (also check); it’ll be full of energy, demonic guitar riffs and hooks (er, maybe not).