Arctic Monkey's Set The Stage Ablaze With iTunes Festival Performance

When Arctic Moneky's frontman Alex Turner told the crowd to "wake up" during their performance at the Roundhouse in Camden, London on Monday, 9 September. This wasn't a reflection on the performance of the band as much as it was a comment on the crowd itself, who were sluggish throughout much of the boy's set. In front of a packed out audience, the band mixed some of their crowd-pleasing favourites with a few brand new cuts, but never really got the response they deserved.

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The band played material mostly from their new albu, AM

The band were playing with so much intensity that drummer Matt Helders destroyed two snare drums in the first 20 minutes of the show, as a tailor-suited Turner continued to perfect his rock 'n' roll frontman swagger, being in a much more talkative mood than he was at the televised Glastonbury headline slot earlier this year. But despite a more open frontman, the crowd struggled to break a sweat, as they only rarely responded with any vigor during crowd favourites 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor' and 'Fluorescent Adolescent.'

Introducing special guest Bill Ryder-Jones, guitarist from The Coral, on to the stage before going through a version of new song 'Fireside,' his announcement was met with the same subdued response that met most of the concert. Re-introducing the guitarist, the frontman muttered "wake up" under his breath, a much needed request that should have been shouted out really, if it wasn't for Turner's manners. But Turner and the rest of the band never turned sour faced, and continued to give the crowd a stellar performance whether they appreciated it or not.

Matt Helders
Drummer Matt Helders gave a vigorous performance

"I got so many songs about bricks, here's another one," Turner joke after playing 'Brick By Brick,' before going into 'Old Yellow Bricks' from the group's second album, Favourite Worst Nightmare. The performance came on the night of the release of their newest album, AM, and in a set that was more new material than old, maybe this is where we can pinpoint the frustration from the nostalgic audience. Ending the show on a higher note than the majority of the crowd (assumably), Turner ended the performance with, "thanks for getting the new record and singing along. It makes me feel all warm inside."

The iTunes Festival is a month long series of concerts held at the Roundhouse that ends with Katy Perry at the end of September. Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar and Pixies are also due to perform before the month is over.

Alex Turner
Alex Turner didn't get the response he wanted form the crowd


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