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.
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
Pink Floyd’s ‘The Endless River’ has become the the fastest-selling vinyl album this century.
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'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.
Vinyl is back. You better believe it.
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 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.
Continue reading: Death to Digital: Vinyl Record Sales at Biggest for 18 Years
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).
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.
Continue reading: Leeds Festival 2014 - Live Review
Band are due to close Leeds festival tonight (Sunday 24th).
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.
Arctic Monkey's frontman Alex Turner
The Sheffield four piece opened their set with ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ before delighting fans with classic 'Brianstorm'.
Continue reading: Arctic Monkeys Play Storming Reading Headlining Set Before Hiatus
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.
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.
Continue reading: Leeds Festival 2014 - Preview
Arctic Monkeys singer welcomes news of Pete Doherty’s reunited group.
Alex Turner said he would ‘relish’ the opportunity to see the newly-reformed Libertines perform live - suggesting he might even ‘knock the dust off his old tunic’ in support of the indie icons. Both Turner and his fellow Arctic Monkey Matt Helders spoke about the cult band’s long-awaited reunion in an interview with NME.
As well as praising the Libertines’ 2002 debut Up The Bracket, the singer of the Brit Award-winning group describes the chance to see Pete Doherty and co perform as something he ‘would relish.’
Continue reading: Alex Turner To "Dust Off Tunic" For The Libertines Reunion Shows
Contact Music puts the latest Arctic Monkeys video under the microscope.
The Sheffield band released the official video for ‘Snap Out of It’ last week (Monday 16 June). The track is the sixth single to be taken from last year’s critically acclaimed album, AM. The video stars Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman as a woman obsessing over some personal footage of the band in the studio. As the video cuts between the actress and her acquired home footage, her obsession builds as she struggles to.. ahem.. snap out of it.
Brit Award winners Arctic Monkeys release video for latest single [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Jason Merritt]
Here are five other things we learned from the new Arctic Monkeys video:
Continue reading: 'Snap Out Of It' - 5 Things We Learnt From Arctic Monkeys New Video
YouTube will begin blocking videos from record labels which have not signed up for its new subscription music service within the next few days.
Hundreds of music videos will be removed from YouTube if the artists' record labels do not sign up to the sites new subscription service. Music videos by artists such as Adele and Arctic Monkeys could be removed from the site as their independent labels have refused to sign YouTube's licensing terms, meaning their videos could be removed within days.
Adele's music videos could face removal.
YouTube's new subscription service will charge users to listen to music without advertisements and allow users to download tracks on to their mobiles. The service is due to start a trial within the next few days and will enable users to upgrade their current YouTube and Google apps to a paid for subscription in which they will be able to watch and download music videos even without internet connection. After an initial trial, the service should become available to all users by the end of the summer.
Fans, who lined up 12 hours earlier, definitely got their time's worth in Elton John's set.
Bonnaroo festival ended on a high note yesterday, with Elton John as the final performer – but not before fans had been queuing up for over 12 hours to see the Brit perform. But even before he took the stage for his first ever American festival performance, there was plenty to see and hear in the supporting acts.
Bonnaroo was the Brit's first festival appearance.
One of the most anticipated gigs at Bonnaroo was the Arctic Monkeys’ set. Late in the swealtering afternoon, they opened with their festival sing-along Do I Wanna Know?, which funnily enough echoed Sam Smith’s cover on Friday night. The festival crowd was loving it though, with one woman reportedly taking to mattress-surfing during their set.
Last year, Alex Turner dropped hints that Arctic Monkeys would release another record in quick succession. Now though, it looks like fans will be in for a long wait.
Arctic Monkeys continue to ascend toward superstardom. Their status as bona fide rockstars capable of disseminating universally lauded records means their prestige can only continue to expand. 2013’s AM saw the band make a total departure from any semblance of their younger selves. Where once they specialised in jagged riffs and quirky tales of misadventures on northern English estates, leading them to a hierarchical position in the mid-noughties indie band explosion, they are now slicker, beefier and with a fan base that extends well beyond the confines of their home nation.
Despite teasing fans last year, a follow-up to AM will not be appearing anytime soon.
Continue reading: Why Have Arctic Monkey's Scrapped Plans For A New Album?
The ex-My Chemical Romance Frontman Will Play His First Live Shows At The Historic UK Festival
The latest additions to this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals have been announced and amongst the fresh batch of acts is the former My Chemical Romance frontman, who will play his first live shows as a solo artists at this year’s dual mega-event. Gerard Way’s iconic band had recently become defunct after mutually deciding to lay the group to bed. The multi-million record selling giants of emo rock recently released a greatest hits album entitled May Death Never Stop You but have failed to announce any farewell tour dates, much to the chagrin of their huge and loyal fanbase.
Gerard Way Is Heading to Leeds and Reading
His Reading and Leeds performances will herald a new chapter in the singer’s career as he puts the finishing touches on an eagerly-awaited solo album, the direction of which is still shrouded in mystery. The musician and prolific comic book artist has directed fans to his new website, which features a brief snippet of an as-yet unnamed song.
Continue reading: Leeds and Reading Festival Line Up: Gerard Way Among The Additions
Head to the continent for a festival experience of a lifetime with Spain's Primavera Sound, Denmark's Roskilde Festival and France's Rock En Seine to name a few.
We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.
The continent is home to some of the most unique music events in the world and, looking at what's on offer this year, it seems that the festival season is the best time to experience cultural diversity to the nth degree. Whether its sun or snow you're after, rock or dance music, indoor or outdoor, Europe has it all and with the summer quickly approaching, it's time to get on a plane and take the best vacation of your lives as we guide you to the most exciting countries you can hope to visit this year.
- Pukkelpop (August 14th - 16th): This Belgian weekend remains seriously cool having first began in 1985 and always playing host to some of the world's best alternative music with early performers including Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Nearly 30 years on, Pukkelpop maintains its excellence with 2014 seeing the likes of Clean Bandit, Gogol Bordello and Die Antwoord on the bill.
- Tomorrowland (July 18th - 20th and July 25th - 27th): If you want to feel like you've entered a fantasy world for a weekend (or two), Tomorrowland is definitely for you. Taking place in the town of Boom, you'll be rocking out against a backdrop of incredible art installations of gargantuan proportions - it really isn't a sight to be missed.
Continue reading: Head To Europe This Year For The Best Summer Festival Experiences!
30th July, 2015