After years of anticipation, it would seem that Arctic Monkeys are finally set to return.
Following the release of ‘AM’ in 2014, the band announced a hiatus. The record became the Sheffield band’s fifth studio album to debut at Number 1, which was the first time an indie-released act had ever achieved such an accolade. Frontman Alex Turner went on to announce and release his second record with The Last Shadow Puppets and drummer Matt Helders played the drums on Iggy Pop’s album Post Pop Depression. Then in December 2016, Turner confirmed the band were back together and had begun working on a new Arctic Monkeys record.
With a string of European festival dates already confirmed, the long-awaited return of Arctic Monkeys sent fans into a frenzy this weekend as they announced their latest tour dates - with no inclusion of UK appearances. With dates in Germany, France, Italy and Denmark booked in, UK fans are still awaiting news of their return home.
Fear not! Eagle eyed music fans in Sheffield noticed that an application has been submitted to stage four nights of live music at Hillsborough Park in September this year. According to the Sheffield Star, SJM Concerts, who have put on past tours by the band, have reportedly “lodged a licensing application with the city council to stage events in the park”.
The likelihood that Hillsborough Park is set to play host to four Arctic Monkeys headline shows has been firmed by Reading & Leeds Festival boss Melvin Benn. When asked about the exclusion of their appearance on this years festival lineup, Benn said “Was it ever likely for this year? No, it wasn't. They've got their own plans”.
Do I Wanna Know, the lead track from AM has picked up an incredible 450 million streams since its release. The band also have 9.2 million monthly listeners, despite having not released anything for four years. So whatever Arctic Monkeys have planned, their huge fan base are most definitely ready.