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.”

Alex Turner bans his mum from coming to festivals Arctic Monkeys play

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Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has said that he had to ban his mum from attending festivals the band are playing at.

Although Penny Turner was at Glastonbury, where the audience sang happy birthday to her, her son has said that he can’t “be naughty” if she is on site at a festival, and added that they’ve agreed that she she can only go to festivals when Arctic Monkeys are not on the bill.

“She had a lot of fun, maybe more than me,” Turner told The Sun about his Mum at Glastonbury. “She was there with all her gang. I didn’t even get the tickets for them, she went and organised it for herself, for her birthday. There’s something about a big festival and knowing your mum is around somewhere. I can’t be naughty if she’s there.”

He added: “I asked if, in future, we could check which festival she wants to go to and which ones I’m playing at. I absolutely love her though, don’t get me wrong.”

Arctic Monkeys are currently William Hill’s favorites to win the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, after the nominations were announced last night (September 12). Arctic Monkeys’ recently released fifth album ‘AM’ and David Bowie’s ‘The Next Day’ both have odds of 4/1, according to the competition’s official bookies.

Meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys could be on course to beat Daft Punk for the title of the fastest-selling album of 2013, according to the Official Charts Company.

The band’s fifth album ‘AM’ has currently sold over 97,000 copies so far this week since its release on Monday (September 9). If sales continue at their current rate, the band could overtake the French dance titans, who currently hold the record for the fastest selling album of 2013 after clocking up 165,000 sales of their album ‘Random Access Memories’ in the first week of sales.

Arctic Monkeys – Glastonbury 2013 Full Concert (HD) + extras

Listen: Arctic Monkeys – ‘Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You’ (Official Audio)

A new Arctic Monkeys track titled ‘Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You’ has surfaced online.

The track, which will not appear on the Sheffield band’s forthcoming fifth studio LP ‘AM’, will serve as the B-side to the single ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’, which is released on September 3.

‘AM’ is set for release on September 9 and also features the tracks ‘R U Mine?’ and ‘Do I Wanna Know?’. Guests on the album include Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and former member of The Coral, Bill Ryder-Jones. Turner previously claimed that there was a rap and hip-hop influence on the album, saying one song sounds like Dr Dre.

Later this year, Arctic Monkeys will embark on a nine-date UK tour including a homecoming gig at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena. Starting in Newcastle at the Metro Radio Arena on October 22, the tour will then visit Manchester, London, Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham and Glasgow before ending with the Sheffield gig on November 2. The Strypes will support on all dates.

Arctic Monkeys will play:

Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (October 22)

Manchester Arena (23)
London Earls Court (25, 26)
Liverpool Echo Arena (28)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (29)
Birmingham LG Arena (31)
Glasgow Hydro Arena (November 1)
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (2)