Preview: Arctic Monkeys at Earls Court, London (25/10/2013)

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Two years since their last headline outing, the Arctic Monkeys return to the UK for another sell out tour on Wednesday 23rd of October.  The eight date tour runs from Manchester and ends in the band’s hometown, Sheffield, stopping off at Earls Court, London along the way as well as a number of other cities.

2013 has seen the Arctic Monkeys rocket back in to the media limelight much like they did upon the release of their debut LP Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. A triumphant headline slot at Glastonbury festival showed the country exactly what the band are capable of with their live shows, displaying high energy performances of newer songs such as ‘R U Mine?’ alongside a re-worked ballad version of early fan favourite, ‘Mardy Bum’ which truly was, as Alex Turner put it himself, a ‘Glastonbury special’.

The band’s fifth LP, AM has received great response from critics and fans alike, with the NME rather enthusiastically scoring the album 10/10. The record hit number one in the UK album charts, making history as the band became the first act on an independent record label to achieve five consecutive number one albums. It is also the second fastest selling record of 2013 selling over 157000 copies in its first week, falling just short of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories.

The album has been nominated for the Mercury Prize, and the band have also won awards for best track (‘Do I Wanna Know?’) at the Q awards, and video (‘R U Mine?) at the NME awards this year.

Support for the tour is provided by irish rock n roll band The Strypes. Tickets for this gig are sold out.

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