Arctic Monkeys Announce Massive UK Tour


Arctic Monkeys have gone and started this week off in the best way – by announcing the UK tour we’ve all been waiting for.

Having just announced their highly-anticipated fifth studio album – Tranquility Base Hotel And Casino, which’ll be released in May – this is some seriously exciting news for fans.

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 scheduled dates for Birmingham, Dublin and Newcastle.

The band will be supported by The Lemon Twigs, an American rock band from Long Island, New York.

We're pleased to announce our live dates in September 2018. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 13th April. Support…

Posted by Arctic Monkeys on Monday, 9 April 2018

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

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:

With its release date on May 11, it means the album will be with us just before summer.

Check out the tracklist below:

Star Treatment
One Point Perspective
American Sports
Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino
Golden Trunks
Four Out Of Five
The World’s First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip
Science Fiction
She Looks Like Fun
The Ultracheese

A press release for the album reads:

[The album] finds the band intent on continuing to explore new musical terrain with each album.

‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ ups the ante in a big way; it is a bold and brilliant album reflecting Turner’s ever more comprehensive creative vision.

Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday, April 13.

Reaction to the tour news has been welcomed by fans, with some suggesting they’ll take the morning off work to make sure they get their hands on tickets.

One wrote:

I’m going to have to take the morning off work to get @ArcticMonkeys tickets, I’m not taking any chances!

Another added: ‘Arctic Monkeys getting announced has made this Monday that little bit bearable.’

To coincide with the statement, the Arctic Monkeys posted a recent photograph of themselves to their social media channels and it’s fair to say they all, besides drummer Matt Helders, look almost unrecognisable.

If you fancy catching the Monkeys at a festival this summer, they’ll be at:

Primavera Sound Festival – Barcelona, Spain – June 2

Best Kept Secret – Hivlarenbeek, Netherlands – June 8

Firefly Festival – Dover, United States – June 14 – 17

Southside Festival – Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany – 22 – 24 June

Hurricane Festival – Scheessel, Germany – 22 – 24 June

Trnsmt – Glasgow, Scotland – July 1

Open’er Festival – Gdynia, Poland – July 4

Rockwave Festival – Athens, Greece – July 6

Rock Werchter – Wercheter, Belgium – July 8

Nos Alive Festival – Lisbon, Portugal – July 12

Mad Cool Festival – Madrid, Spain – July 13

Oya Festival – Oslo, Norway – August 8

Way Out West Festival – Gothenburg, Sweden – August 9 – 11

Flow Festival – Helsinki, Finland – August 11

Sziget Festival – Budapest, Hungary – August 14

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