Arctic Monkeys Play Storming Reading Headlining Set Before Hiatus

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'.

Packing their set with hits from throughout their 12 year career, the band played for an hour and 40 minutes in a performance which marked the official end of their AM album tour.

More: Check out our pictures from this year's Reading and Leeds festival

With the band planning to take a break from rock and roll for a while, frontman Alex Turner told NME magazine that the festival would be "the perfect place to leave things for a while”.

”This festival has a special place in our hearts as it is the only one at which we've truly enjoyed the '360 experience," he explained. "As teenagers we attended a few times and fond memories were forged."

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He also added that the band had "seen a lot of festival crowds over the last 10 summers" but Reading and Leeds were different as "it's the one we were once a part of.”

Elsewhere at the festival Imagine Dragons and Jake Bugg entertained the crowds, while over at Leeds Paramore headlined with support from Vampire Weekend and Queens Of The Stone Age.

Blink 182Blink 182 will close Reading Festival

With the festival drawing to a close tonight, Blink 182 will send the crowds home singing in Reading, while tArctic Monkeys will take to the stage once again, this time bringing the festivities to a close in Leeds.


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