Arctic Monkeys have just announced their 2018 festival dates and we couldn’t be more excited.
The Sheffield band have been busy recording their sixth album, which is expected to drop this year, but will also have a hectic summer playing a series of festivals across the world including one in the UK.
— Arctic Monkeys (@ArcticMonkeys) January 29, 2018
If you fancy catching the Monkeys at a festival this summer, they will 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
Earlier this month the band confirmed that they would be headlining the Firefly Festival while posting a cryptic video via Instagram Live.
<ahref=”https://www.reddit.com/r/arcticmonkeys/comments/7pnjx6/you_guys_might_want_to_check_the_bands_instagram/”>Fans on Reddit have been busy speculating with some people commenting the video shows dates and numbers that could be geographic coordinates for future shows.
And it looks like they were right!
Last year, bassist Nick O’Malley confirmed the news the band had started recording their eagerly-awaited new album.
Drummer Matt Helders had previously been reported to have told a fan that new material would be coming out later in 2017 – which never ended up happening.
O’Malley however said the album will come out in 2018.
Their fifth and latest studio album AM came out in 2013 to critical acclaim. It was nominated for the Mercury Prize and hailed the Best Album of 2013 by the NME.
Commercially it was one of the band’s most successful releases to date, topping the charts in several countries, but not quite outselling their debut Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not, in the UK at least.
With AM, they broke a record becoming the first independent-label band to debut at number one in the UK with their first five albums.
Since then, frontman Alex Turner has returned to write a second Last Shadow Puppets album, his side-project with musician Miles Kane.
Let’s face it though, he can do what he wants, he’s Alex Turner.