Arctic Monkeys UK tour 2018: setlist, dates and new album
Arctic Monkeys' UK tour 2018 is happening!
Arctic Monkeys' new album has officially dropped (released May 11) and the band had already confirmed their first UK festival date - and now their full UK tour 2018 has been announced!
Here’s everything we know about Arctic Monkeys' new album and 2018 tour including new UK dates, their TRNSMT Festival date, as well as European and North American concerts.
Arctic Monkeys UK tour dates 2018 - what we know so far
After months of waiting and watching Arctic Monkeys tour dates being revealed in seemingly every other country but the UK, the band finally made the announcement we've all been waiting for...
And now there are even more chance to catch the Sheffield foursome .
Here's the complete list of Arctic Monkeys UK tour dates 2018:
- London, Royal Albert Hall (UK) - June 7 (CHARITY GIG, TICKETS BY BALLOT)
- Manchester Arena (UK) - September 6
- Manchester Arena (UK) - September 7
- London, The O2 (UK) - September 9
- London, The O2 (UK) - September 10
- London, The O2 (UK) - September 12 (NEW)
- Birmingham Arena (UK) - September 15
- Birmingham Arena (UK) - September 16 (NEW)
- Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena (UK) - September 18
- Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena (UK) - September 19
- Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena (UK) - September 21 (NEW)
- Dublin, 3 Arena (Ireland) - September 24
- Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena - September 27
- Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena - September 28 (NEW)
Tickets went on sale Friday, April 13.
Arctic Monkeys support act for UK shows
In the same social media post that the Arctic Monkeys UK tour dates were announced, the band also revealed who will be supporting them at the concerts.
The Lemon Twigs are a US rock band from Long Island, New York. Their debut album 'Do Hollywood' met critical acclaim when it was released in 2016.
Arctic Monkeys setlist 2018
After the band's first concert in San Diego, we now have a good idea of what the Arctic Monkeys UK tour setlist is going to look like.
During the concert, Arctic Monkeys debuted music from the new album and included several tracks from their previous album 'AM'.
- The View From the Afternoon
- Crying Lightning
- Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair
- Do I Wanna Know?
- Four Out of Five (with Cameron Avery) (live debut)
- I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
- The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala (first performance since 2013)
- Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
- One Point Perspective (live debut)
- American Sports (live debut)
- Snap Out of It
- You're So Dark (live debut)
- One for the Road
- She Looks Like Fun (with Cameron Avery) (live debut)
- Knee Socks
- R U Mine?
Arctic Monkeys Europe tour, festival dates and rumours
On top of the Arctic Monkeys UK tour, the band will also be the Sunday headliner for TRNSMT Festival 2018 on July 1 - as well as a string of Europan dates.
Here is the full list of Arctic Monkeys Europe tour and festival dates 2018:
- Berlin, Columbiahalle (Germany) - May 22
- Rome, Cavea (Italy) - May 26
- Paris, Zenith (France) - May 29
- Barcelona, Primavera Sound Festival (Spain) - June 2
- Milan, Mediolanum Forum (Italy) - June 4
- Hilvarenbeek, Best Kept Secret (Netherlands) - June 8
- Neuhausen ob Eck, Southside Festival (Germany) - June 22-24
- Scheessel, Hurricane Festival (Germany) - June 22-24
- Dusseldorf, Mitsubishi Electric Halle (Germany) - June 26
- Copenhagen, Royal Arena (Denmark) - June 27
- Glasgow, TRNSMT Festival (UK) - July 1
- Goynia, Open’er Festival (Poland) - July 4
- Athens, Rockwave Festival (Greece) - July 6
- Werchter, Rock Werchter (Belgium) - July 8
- Lisbon, NOS Alive (Portugal) - July 12
- Madrid, Mad Cool Festival (Spain) - July 13
- Oslo, Oya Festival (Norway) - August 8
- Gothenburg, Way Out West Festival (Sweden) - August 9-11
- Helsinki, Flow Festival (Finland) - August 11
- Budapest, Sziget Festival (Hungary) - August 14
Arctic Monkeys have also announced a series of North American concerts. The UK band added 10 dates in the region - on top of their UK tour, European tour and festival dates.
TRNSMT Festival organisers started the rumour of Arctic Monkeys' headline slot when they posted a mysterious video clip to their Twitter account. The video didn't feature any real content, just the festival logo against an on-brand backdrop of static visuals.
But Arctic Monkeys fans zeroed in on a section of the video 12 seconds in when the TRNSMT logo transforms into sound waves very similar to Arctic Monkeys 'AM' album cover and video for 'Do I Wanna Know?'
— TRNSMT Festival (@TRNSMTfest) 25 October 2017
Fans were expecting Arctic Monkeys to appear in the lineup of Reading and Leeds Festival 2018 too - but it didn't happen.
Reading and Leeds Festival organiser Melvin Benn said although they are always in talks with Arctic Monkeys to headline the festivals (they've done it twice before), this year just wasn't possible.
He said, “Was it ever likely for this year? No, it wasn’t. They’ve got their own plans.”
With the new Arctic Monkeys UK tour announcement, it's pretty clear what those plans were.
Before their hiatus, Arctic Monkeys' last UK concerts were during the ‘AM Tour’ in 2014.
Arctic Monkeys have also been confirmed as a headliner for Firefly Festival in the US, alongside Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and The Killers, as well as Mad Cool Festival in Madrid and several other festivals in Europe.
There's also a very real possibility that Arctic Monkeys could join Queens of the Stone Age at their Finsbury Park concert this summer.
While there's no official news on this - and Arctic Monkeys weren't mentioned in the recent lineup announcement - it would make sense for the band to appear at the 'Queens of the Stone Age and Friends' concert on June 30.
Arctic Monkeys once claimed they learned to play their instruments by listening to QOTSA albums on repeat. And QOTSA frontman Josh Homme produced Arctic Monkeys' last three albums. It'd be tight, but they'd have just enough time to make an appearance before they headline TRNSMT Festival the next day.
A Sheffield City Council notice at Hillsborough Park had Arctic Monkeys fans buzzing about the possibility that the license application - for up to four concerts in September - was made on behalf of the 'Do I Wanna Know' hitmakers.
— Nick Bax (@nickbax) 18 February 2018
Before the Arctic Monkeys festival announcements, a cryptic post with the numbers 0114 appeared on Mad Cool's Twitter page. The number is the dialling code for Arctic Monkeys' hometown of Sheffield and the digits have also appeared on Matt Helder's drum kit.
The post was later changed to +1 14, which still makes sense as a reference to Sheffield's dialling code.
— Mad Cool Festival (@madcoolfestival) 17 January 2018
The indie rock group haven’t toured since the 2013-2014 ‘AM Tour’, which featured a number of festival performances.
During the band’s hiatus, Alex Turner toured with his side project The Last Shadow Puppets, while drummer Matt Helders toured with punk legend Iggy Pop. But both have finished now, making an Arctic Monkeys tour in 2018 viable.
Photos of the band posted by Sheffield locals when they returned home last Christmas prompted further rumours of an Arctic Monkeys tour and new album being in the works.
A photo of Turner sat at a piano posted by a friend also sparked rumours the band were rehearsing, as a fan pointed out the piano also featured in a recent post by Helders.
There is also the rumour that Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis would reconsider taking a break in 2018 (decided in order to let the land recover) if a certain band he refused to name got back together.
He added, "And it's not One Direction."
While he didn’t specifically name Arctic Monkeys - and it’s more likely he’s referring to Oasis, Led Zeppelin or The Smiths - it’s not unreasonable to think the band in question is Arctic Monkeys.
It would explain O’Malley’s comment about “trouble” if the album isn’t finished in time, as headlining such a big event would offer a lot of promotion for Arctic Monkeys' new album and tour.
Arctic Monkeys new album - the latest news
Arctic Monkeys' new album 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino' was released on May 11.
The Sheffield rockers dropped a trailer for the new record, which gave a sneak peak at the new music.
Arctic Monkeys also released the tracklist for the new album:
- Star Treatment
- One Point Perspective
- American Sports
- Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
- Golden Trunks
- Four Out of Five
- The World's First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip
- Science Fiction
- She Looks Like Fun
- The Ultracheese
Arctic Monkeys' new album features collaborations with Tame Impala bassist Cam Avery (backing vocals) and former Klaxons' member James Righton (Wurlitzer).
News that Arctic Monkeys' new album would be released in May initially came from a fan who bumped into drummer Matt Helders in a kebab shop (as the rocker was ordering himself some cheesy chips and gravy).
According to his Instagram post, he was apparently told the release date for Arctic Monkeys' new album.
In an interview with a somewhat unlikely source, Arctic Monkeys bassist Nick O’Malley revealed to For the Ride magazine that he was on his way to a recording session for the new album at a secret location. He also ambiguously revealed that if the album isn’t ready for next year “we’ve got problems”.
Some of lead singer Alex Turner’s notes were revealed in an Beats 1 radio interview. Chatting to Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme - a frequent collaborator with Arctic Monkeys - Turner read out some notes from his phone, which included “It’s my headache” and “John Lennon as a TV chef”.
Arctic Monkeys' new album is the band's sixth and the first in four years following 2013’s critically-acclaimed ‘AM’.
Stay tuned to LineUp for the latest on the Arctic Monkeys UK tour, as well as news about their new album.