Arctic Monkeys talk Finsbury Park, old songs and big gigs!

by Martin
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Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys are set to perform at Finsbury Park on this coming weekend – Friday and Saturday (May 23rd and 24th) – and have spoken about what fans can expect.

The Sheffield band have also discussed how they feel playing larger shows and festivals and how those large scale gigs have changed the band.

Arctic Monkeys already have several big gigs lined up for the summer including headlining T in the Park and speaking during an interview with NME frontman Alex Turner has been comparing his forthcoming London show with big venues like Glastonbury and Madison Square Garden in New York.


He explained: “Playing large shows has, to some degree, become second nature. We’ve been around the block a few times now.”

However he continued to explain that it doesn’t mean they’ve grown bored: “I saw the Stones at Glastonbury and they’ve been doing it since they were younger than I am now, and it still seemed like it meant a lot to them.”

“Honestly, the reason we’re most excited about it is that we don’t get to play the UK as much as we used to, just because of the way it is now.”

Turner also added that: “Any chance to come home – or as close to home as London – is exciting for us.”

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Matt Helders who drums for the band also spoke briefly during the interview with NME and revealed what they’re likely to perform this weekend.

From the sound of things their older stuff might not be included in the setlist but they haven’t quite made their mind up yet.

“We kind of felt that way about Glastonbury, that we should play songs like ‘Mardy Bum’ and ‘Fake Tales of San Francisco,’ but it didn’t really get the response I thought it would.”

He also confessed that while they still realise people have a huge feeling towards the first album in the UK, people have also moved on as well.