Just last week the Arctic Monkey’s revealed their highly-anticipated fifth studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, was set to be released on May 11 before announcing a massive tour.
The band announced the September 2018 tour across their social media platforms – which includes two Manchester dates, two London dates, and two Sheffield dates, along with shows in Birmingham, Dublin and Newcastle.
The band will be supported by The Lemon Twigs, an American rock band from Long Island, New York.
However while all are incredibly excited about the new album and many are looking forward to seeing the Sheffield band in the near future, a lot of people are incredible p*ssed off at the ticket prices.
Gig ticket websites such as Ticketmaster and SeeTickets have tickets for the upcoming shows priced between around £45 and £80. For their last tour, average tickets were just over £30, reports NME.
As you can probably imagine, a lot of people on Twitter were vocal about their annoyance:
Ha ha been waiting since 2012 to see @ArcticMonkeys to find out I should have probs started saving back then so I could pay for a £70 ticket on Friday?
— Rachel Murray (@RachelMurray777) April 9, 2018
Why are Arctic Monkeys charging the same as fuckin Beyoncé for tickets ? probably still pay it like but ???
— Lydia (@lydiahamer) April 10, 2018
£80 for an #ArcticMonkeys ticket have a day off Im seeing the DMA’s soon and tickets are under 20 pound and they are fuxking amazing ✌?
— The Magic Mod ?✌? (@TaylorMod) April 9, 2018
arctic monkeys trying to charge 80 quid for tickets? pic.twitter.com/wdZfMEJm4n
— declan (@nosebIunt) April 9, 2018
damn I think arctic monkeys have been living in America too long. £80 for tickets? I think you mean 80$ which is £45 you yee-haw cowboy boot leather jacket mong
— harry dawson.txt☭ (@_harrydawson) April 9, 2018
apparently the quality of an arctic monkeys show has improved so much it’d cost twice that of the last tour. daylight robbery pic.twitter.com/sFaEpPpOaD
— sammy b (@psycho_jam) April 9, 2018
Arctic monkeys charging up to £76 for a ticket is tory behaviour
— Guy (@_GuyJones) April 9, 2018
HAHAHAHAH IF U THINK IM GONNA PAY £70 FOR ARCTIC MONKEYS TICKETS THEN
ur absolutely right
— rhianna (@rhiannaholme) April 10, 2018
Although ticket prices across the board have been on the rise over the past few years, this certainly seems to have irritated a lot of Arctic Monkeys fans.
While I know it isn’t the band’s decision and that the tickets will sell anyhow – it’s sickening how expensive gigs are to attend nowadays – allowing only those with more money in the bank to attend.
The tour dates are:
September 6 – Manchester Arena
September 7 – Manchester Arena
September 9 – London, The o2
September 10 – London, The o2
September 15 – Birmingham Arena
September 18 – Sheffield, Flydsa Arena
September 19 – Sheffield, Flydsa Arena
September 24 – Dublin, 3Arena
September 27 – Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
The Arctic Monkeys announced their upcoming album with a 40 second video clip:
Although at heart they’re still that group of Sheffield lads who used to play The Grapes, Tranquility Base Hotel And Casino certainly has a new feel to it.
The opening 30 seconds of the above clip sounds straight out of a Francois Truffaut movie, not the sort of thing you’d hear in a grimy Sheffield pub. However as the drums kick in and distortion omits out of nowhere, it’s certain they haven’t lost their original ways.
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Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.