Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner says Reading & Leeds is ‘perfect place to leave things for a while’

Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys

Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys


Band will bring their global tour of last year’s ‘AM’ to a close this weekend (August 22-24)


Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has said that the band’s headline sets at Reading & Leeds Festivals this weekend “seems like the perfect place to leave things for a while.”The band have toured their latest album ‘AM’ around the world since headlining Glastonbury in 2013 and will play Reading & Leeds this weekend (August 22-24) alongside fellow headliners Blink-182, Paramore and Queens Of The Stone Age.
Turner speaks of his memories of the festivals, both as a performer and a fan. “This festival has a special place in our hearts as it is the only one at which we’ve truly enjoyed the ‘360 experience’. As teenagers we attended a few times and fond memories were forged.”He continues: “We’ve seen a lot of festival crowds over the last 10 summers but this one is different, especially for us as it’s the one we were once a part of. Like when we were youths it’s a weekend we are once again very much looking forward to and seems like the perfect place to leave things for a while.”

Arctic Monkeys extend 2014 North American tour

Photo by Ben Kaye


The ever-restless Arctic Monkeys have once again extended their American tour behind last year’s LP, AM. Over the coming months, Alex Turner and Co. will make several trips across the Atlantic; in August for appearances at Lollapalooza and Outside Lands; in September for a show at Red Rocks and a pair of Canadian festival dates; and in October for a string of shows in Arizona and Texas. See the full docket below, along with our recent interview the band at Bonnaroo.

Arctic Monkeys 2014 Tour Dates:
06/24 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Lawn at White River State Park *
06/25 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
06/29 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
07/04 – Wechter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/06 – Sopron, HU @ Volt Festival
07/08 – Nimes, FR @ Nimes Festival
07/10 – Lisbon, PT @ Optimus Alive
07/12 – Dublin, IE @ Marlay Park
07/13  – Kinross, UK @ T in the Park
07/16 – Villafranca, IT @ Castello Scaligero
07/17 – Pistoia, IT @ Pistoia Blues Festival
07/19 – Brittany, FR @ Les Vielles Charrues
07/30 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Hotel & Casino Stir Cover
08/01 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/06 – San Diego, CA @ SDSU Open Air Theatre
08/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
08/08 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music Festival
08/10 – Squamish, BC @ Squamish Valley Music Festival
08/11 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
08/12 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
08/16 – Osaka, JP @ Summer Sonic Festival
08/17 – Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic Festival
08/22 – Paris, FR @ Rock en Seine
08/23 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
08/24 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
08/30 – Edmonton, AB @ Sonic Boom Festival
08/31 – Calgary, AB @ X Fest
09/03 – Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
09/04 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheater
09/05 – Kansas City, MO @ KRBZ Beach Ball
10/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
10/28 – Cedar Park, TX @ Cedar Park Center
10/29 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
10/30 – The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
11/04 – Bogota, CO @ Coliseo El Campin
11/08 – Buenos Aires, FR @ Personal Fest
11/09 – Cordoba, AR @ Estadio Orfeo
11/11 – Santiago, CL @ Arena Movistar
11/14 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Anhembi
11/15 – Rio de Janerio, BR @ HSBC Arena

* = w/ White Denim

Arctic Monkeys play triumphant at Finsbury Park

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Arctic Monkeys closed their two-night run at Finsbury Park with another career-spanning set yesterday (May 24).

Following performances from support acts Royal Blood, Miles Kane and Tame Impala, the Sheffield band kicked off their own performance at 9pm with three songs from their most recent album ‘AM’: ‘Do I Wanna Know?’, ‘Snap Out Of It’ and ‘Arabella’. The latter track was interpolated with riffs from Black Sabbath’s 1970 classic ‘War Pigs’.

As with their show on the previous night, the first older track the band played was ‘Brianstorm’, the opening song from their second album, 2007’s ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’. During the evening the band revisited tracks from each of their five records but heavily favoured songs from ‘AM’, which made up almost half the setlist.

They changed the order of a few tracks from their opening night, but the only major difference was the replacement of frontman Alex Turner’s acoustic version of ‘A Certain Romance’ with Last Shadow Puppets track ‘Standing Next To Me’. The band were joined onstage for the performance by Turner’s Last Shadow Puppets collaborator Miles Kane.

The band then closed the show with another trio of ‘AM’ tracks: ‘One For The Road’, ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ and ‘R U Mine?’ Despite storms in London earlier in the day, the weather stayed dry for the band’s hour-and-a-half-long set.

Arctic Monkeys played:

‘Do I Wanna Know?’
‘Snap Out of It’
‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’
‘Dancing Shoes’
‘Library Pictures’
‘Crying Lightning’
‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’
‘She’s Thunderstorms’
‘No. 1 Party Anthem’
‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’
‘Knee Socks’
‘Fluorescent Adolescent’
‘Standing Next To Me’
‘One For The Road’
‘I Wanna Be Yours’
‘R U Mine?’

Arctic Monkeys refer to Brits controversy at NME Awards: ‘I used my best shit last week’

Turner made the statement while collecting the Best Live Band award at NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas.

Video: Arctic Monkeys Accept Best Live Band At NME Awards 2014
Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner referenced his controversial Brit Awards speech at the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas.

Turner made the statement while collecting the Best Live Band award at the O2 Academy Brixton ceremony last night (February 26). It was the first of five awards picked up by the band. The award was presented by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, who teased the crowd by saying, “Why would there be a person from Sheffield here?”

Turner said: “Thank you. So, Matthew, as the sun sets on awards season for another year. Just the big two left to go, eh? I’m talking of course about the Oscars… and the NME Awards. That said, I’d like to thank The Academy… I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist that one, man.”

I think I used all my best shit last week, so thank you very much, I’ll see you later.

Alex Turner’s Brits Speech Was Everything Rock’N’Roll Is Meant To Be

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

Alex Turner’s Brits acceptance speech was everything that rock’n’roll is meant to be: unpredictable, dumb, funny, exciting and attention-grabbing. But it was so much more than that. It was a call to arms.

As Turner stood at the lectern in the centre of the O2 and delivered his sermon in front of a worldwide audience of millions, declaring that rock’n’roll “will never die. And there’s nothing that you can do about it,” he drew a line in the sand right there and then, asking every single person watching which side of it they were standing.

“That rock’n’roll, eh? That rock’n’roll, it just won’t go away. It might hibernate from time to time, sink back into the swamp… but it’s always waiting there, just around the corner, ready to make its way back through the sludge.”

Some people thought he was disrespectful. Some people thought he must be pissed or high. Some people thought he sounded like a silly bellend, while some thought that his ego had looped twice round the galaxy before rocketing up his own arse. Those people are stood on the other side of the line.

On this side of the line stand the rest of us, inspired by the words of a man who understands that rock’n’roll isn’t about an antiquated idea of “guitar music”, or about any level of genre elitism, but spirit and ethos, excitement and unpredictability; The traits that British music was always renowned for.

For the frontman of the UK’s biggest band, upon collecting the biggest prize in British mainstream music, to end the night looking like an outsider is madness, brilliance and poetic irony all in one. He wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. And for those of us standing on this side of the line, neither would we. The challenge has been set by Alex Turner, and now it’s up to us to act upon it.

“That rock’n’roll, eh?”

Does transatlantic domination beckon?

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

Terrific news for Sheffield’s finest this week: they’ve topped the US Alternative Songs for the first ever time with their single ‘Do I Wanna Know?’. Does transatlantic domination beckon? Will North America be able to handle Alex’s quiff? So many questions.