Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

Biography

Arctic Monkeys (formed 2002)
Arctic Monkeys are an English indie rock band from Sheffield, hailed as one of the first bands to use social media to gain mainstream attention, and best known for their first single 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor'.

Formation: In 2001, both Alex Turner and Jamie Cook received guitars for Christmas and proceeded to teach themselves how to play. The formed the band with school friends Andy Nicholson, Matt Helders and Glyn Jones, however Jones left soon after the formation. The Artic Monkeys performed their first gig at The Grapes in Sheffield. As they began to manufacture demo CDs, their fan base set up a MySpace account - without notifying the band. A photographer from Sheffield, Mark Bull, filmed one of the live performances from the band and aired 'Fake Tales of San Francisco' on his own website. On 30th May 2005, the Artic Monkeys released their debut single, 'Five Minutes with Arctic Monkey', which featured a rerecording of 'Fake Tales of San Francisco' and 'From the Ritz to the Rubble' as a B-Side. The release led to them appearing at Reading Festival on one of the smaller stages, yet they drew in a huge crowd and the band were signed to Domino Records in June 2005.

Career: Following the signing of their record deal, The Arctic Monkeys released 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor' on 14th October 2005, and debuted at the top of the UK singles chart. They followed up this success with the release of 'When The Sun Goes Down' on 16th January 2006. This second single received similar success as their previous entry. On 23rd January 2006, The Artic Monkeys released 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not'. The album received universal acclaim and topped the UK album charts and Billboard's Independent album charts. On 18th April 2007, the Artic Monkeys released their second studio album, 'Favourite Worst Nightmare'. Once again, the album received glowing reviews and reached the seventh spot on Billboard's 200 list. The band then embarked on a world tour, which was recorded and released on 3rd November 2008 as 'At the Apollo' which was largely well received. The Arctic Monkey's third studio album, 'Humbug', was released on 19th August 2009. While the album received universal glowing reviews, it dropped to number 15 on Billboard's 200 - however it still topped the US Independent Albums charts and came fourth on the US Top Alternative Albums charts. As with all previous entrees, it topped the UK albums chart. Between January and February 2011, the Arctic Monkeys got to work recording material for their fourth studio album. On its release on 6th June 2011, 'Suck It and See' performed just as well as their previous efforts, with high praise and good charting. When their fifth studio album, 'AM' was released on 6th September 2013, it topped 15 album charts worldwide - four of which were part of Billboard's Independent and Alternative charts. It also reached the sixth spot on Billboard's 200.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Arctic Monkeys Add New Dates To UK Tour After Tickets Sell Out Rapidly


Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys have been forced to add a slew of extra dates to their upcoming 2018 UK tour after tickets for the originally announced concerts sold out in less than an hour when they went on sale this morning.

The British band announced their sixth studio album, titled Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, last week to rapturous reception from their huge fanbase, who have waited nearly five years for a follow-up to their last album AM. The new album will be released on May 11th.

Tickets went on sale for the tour on Friday morning (April 13th) at 09:00, but many disappointed fans discovered that every date was sold out within a matter of minutes.

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Arctic Monkeys To Embark On 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino' UK Tour


Arctic Monkeys

Less than a week after announcing their forthcoming brand new album, Arctic Monkeys have announced the first set of UK and Ireland arena dates for their supporting tour which will begin this Fall. Tickets are set to go on sale later this week, and they have also announced a special guest for the dates.

Arctic Monkeys to embark on their 2018 UK TourArctic Monkeys to embark on their 2018 UK Tour

The band will be joined by opening act The Lemon Twigs on the new run, which follows their North American arena dates, festival appearances and European performances beginning this Spring. 

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Arctic Monkeys Confirm Release Date Of New Album 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino'


Arctic Monkeys

The long wait for a new Arctic Monkeys album will shortly be over, with the British band returning after a break of nearly five years with their sixth studio album, titled Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, which will be released next month.

The Sheffield-based group announced on Thursday afternoon to their fans on Twitter that the new album will be released on May 11th, via Domino Records. It has been produced by lead singer Alex Turner and long-term collaborator James Ford, who has worked on every one of the band’s albums since 2007’s sophomore effort Favourite Worst Nightmare.

A press release soon after the big reveal said that Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino “finds the band intent on continuing to explore new musical terrain” and “ups the ante in a big way”.

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Arctic Monkeys Announced As TRNSMT 2018 Headliner


Arctic Monkeys

More than three years since they completed their tour for their last album 'AM', Arctic Monkeys will be making a live comeback by headlining Scotland's TRNSMT festival this summer. Tickets for the event are on sale this week, though only 23 acts have been announced thus far.

Arctic Monkeys performing at Reading FestivalArctic Monkeys performing at Reading Festival

The Sheffield indie four-piece will be at the top of the bill for the first Sunday (July 1st 2018) of TRNSMT Festival, which is set to be held at Glasgow Green over two weekends. They'll be joined by the likes of Blossoms, Interpol, Nothing But Thieves, Declan McKenna, Miles Kane and Tom Grennan.

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Arctic Monkeys To Headline Firefly Festival For First Live Show In Four Years


Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys are to bring an end to their lengthy hiatus after announcing their first live performance in four years at 2018’s edition of Firefly Festival in America.

The British band, who have not released an album since 2013’s masterful AM, have been confirmed as one of Firefly’s four headlining acts, alongside Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and The Killers. The seventh edition of the festival is to take place in The Woodlands of Delaware from June 14th-17th.

Other major acts on the bill include MGMT, Martin Garrix, SZA, Vance Joy, Alt-J, Royal Blood and a DJ set from Beastie Boys’ Mike D. Tickets for the four-day festival are going on sale on January 12th.

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Alex Turner , Arctic Monkeys - Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys pictured arriving at the Radio 2 studio at BBC Western House - London, United Kingdom - Monday 25th January 2016

Alex Turner and Arctic Monkeys
Alex Turner and Arctic Monkeys
Alex Turner and Arctic Monkeys
Alex Turner and Arctic Monkeys
Alex Turner and Arctic Monkeys
Alex Turner and Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys - A variety of stars from the music industry all turned out in style to attend the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 9th February 2015

Arctic Monkeys

Nick O'Malley, Jamie Cook, Alex Turner, Matt Helders and Arctic Monkeys - A variety of stars from the music industry all turned out in style to attend the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 8th February 2015

Nick O'malley, Jamie Cook, Alex Turner, Matt Helders and Arctic Monkeys
Nick O'malley, Jamie Cook, Alex Turner, Matt Helders and Arctic Monkeys

Pink Floyd And David Bowie Help Boost UK Vinyl Sales Past The One Million Mark For The First Time In Nearly Two Decades


Pink Floyd David Bowie Arctic Monkeys

It seems that vinyl is once again back in fashion (thanks hipsters). This year, vinyl sales in the UK have passed the one million mark for the first time since 1996, according to the Official Charts Company. Albums by veterans Pink Floyd and David Bowie have helped boost sales of the format, which achieved the one million milestone last weekend.

Pink Floyd the endless river artPink Floyd's The Endless River has helped boost vinyl sales in the UK

Currently David Bowie’s new best of collection, Nothing Has Changed, holds the top spot on the vinyl chart replacing last week’s number one Pink Floyd’s The Endless River.

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Death To Digital: Vinyl Record Sales At Biggest For 18 Years


Jack White Arctic Monkeys

More than one million vinyl records have been sold in the UK this year - the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996. The resurgence of the format has led the Official Chart Company to confirm a soon-to-launch vinyl record chart.

Jack WhiteJack White makes a point of releasing his music on vinyl records

"In an era when we're all talking about digital music, the fact that these beautiful physical artefacts are still as popular as they are is fantastic," said Martin Talbot, managing director of the Official Charts Company.

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Leeds Festival 2014 - Live Review


It came, It went, It conquered as per. Leeds Festival 2014 was a real pinnacle for this year's UK live music, cramming it's masses into the colossus fields of Bramham Park, this year's Leeds Festival was a true menace of a machine. From strolling the sights and stalls of the relatively tame arena, to hiking through the foothills of Red camp and afar, the beast of Leeds Festival was out in full glamour this year. Not only for the sheer size and scale of the glorified playground, nor for the big bad names it captured upon its stages, but purely the immense and sometimes overwhelming atmosphere of Leeds Festival is what attracts the crowds in their droves - (Each and EVERY year).

Leeds Festival 2014 - Live Review

This year's line-up, though transparent in parts, boasted an array of big names and must sees. From Gerrard Way's premier solo show, right the way through to Macklemore's fur coat - teenage girl-screaming onstage antics. All considered, It is fair to say Leeds festival caters to the masses, though in doing so, often leaving the fringes of those masses at somewhat of a loose-end. Fear no-more, as this year with 10 arena stages and a dozen campsite venues, attendants waved farewell to mud-mooching moments of waiting around and embarked on the northern event of the year. With Oxfam blazers, slush puppy pleasantries and a number of near 24-hour rave spots all been thrown around, It was hard to find even a moment for the annual carbon monoxide poisoning - plastic bag burning ritual  around the camp fire. 

Without further ado, we present to you this year's top live sets and why they really made this year what it was.

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Arctic Monkeys Play Storming Reading Headlining Set Before Hiatus


Arctic Monkeys Leeds & Reading Festival

Arctic Monkeys stole the show at last night’s Reading festival, with a storming headlining set packed full of festival crowd pleasers. The set was the band's penultimate performance for a while before they go on hiatus after closing Leeds Festival on Sunday.

Alex TurnerArctic Monkey's frontman Alex Turner

The Sheffield four piece opened their set with ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ before delighting fans with classic 'Brianstorm'.

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Leeds Festival 2014 - Preview


Here we go, here we go! Leeds Festival 2014, yet only half of us have scored a return ticket from the headaches and hangovers of last year's epic line-up. Each and every year, thousands of people across the social spectrum and across the UK flock to the fields of Leeds for what they know is THE music event of the year. Of course, catering to the masses is no easy feat but with ten stages all rigged up, this machine, emblem of the north, once again raises its flags way up heavens bound.Moving from Temple Newsam a few years back now, LF has really made itself at home within the colossal 1,235 acre grounds of Bramham park. Returning bands themselves (or the newcomers for that matter), facing glorious deja-vu on approach to the site if not already attended as rowdy teens, are in for a real good show.

Leeds Festival 2014 - Preview

With the festival being such an icon and in itself evolving in sheer mass and motor each year, it's understandably hard to really get a good hold-down on the lineup. With time clashes, mud, bar queues and a serious lack of phone battery, it's only fair we deal out a helping hand of this year's 'Not To Be Missed' sets to make festival life a little easier.

In no preferential order at all.

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Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner and Alexa Chung Sunday 12th February 2012 Arctic Monkeys star Alex Turner engages in a very public display of affection with a beautiful redhead as he arrives at LAX Airport. The mystery woman planted a big kiss on the rocker after jumping into his arms and wrapping her legs around him after he entered the arrivals hall. Turner split from TV personality Alexa Chung in 2011

Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner and Alexa Chung
Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner and Alexa Chung
Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner and Alexa Chung
Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner and Alexa Chung
Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner and Alexa Chung
Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner and Alexa Chung

Arctic Monkeys Wednesday 7th July 2010 Press Photo

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