New Music Friday
Here are our highlights from today's release schedule.
It’s been a long wait for UK fans – after announcing a run of international shows and headlining Scotland’s TRNSMT Festival, the Arctic Monkeys have finally revealed details of not only their first new music in five years but a run of shows to support the new record.
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is set for release on 11 May 2018 and the track listing is having fans even more excited (who wouldn’t want to listen to a song called The World’s First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip?!).
The follow up to 2013’s AM was co-produced by James Ford and frontman Alex Turner. Recorded in LA, Paris and London, the 11-track release will be out just a week after the band kick off their live shows at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is rumoured to feature a star-studded collaborator list including Tame Impala.
The tour will see the Sheffield rock outfit head to Manchester, London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Newcastle in September (full dates below). Support is set to come from The Lemon Twigs.
Arctic Monkey’s debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s Not What I Am reached No. 1 in the UK charts, became the UK’s fastest-selling debut and was named one of Rolling Stone‘s top 30 albums of all time. Having won a Mercury Prize and headlined Glastonbury twice, Alex Turner and his band decided it was “the perfect place to leave things for a while” after their 2013 release AM which cemented the band’s place in indie rock history.
Arctic Monkeys have a busy festival summer ahead of them including a sold-out headline show at TRNSMT Festival as well as headlining Sziget Festival amongst many other European festivals. To top off what is going to be an incredible 2018 for the band, Arctic Monkeys will now be playing a run of eight arena shows across the UK.
Here are those dates:
6 September 2018 – Manchester Arena, Manchester
7 September 2018 – Manchester Arena, Manchester
9 September 2018 – The O2, London
10 September 2018 – The O2, London
15 September 2018 – Birmingham Arena, Birmingham
18 September 2018 – FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
19 September 2018 – FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
27 September 2018 – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Tickets for Arctic Monkeys go on sale at 09:00 on Friday 13 April 2018 via Ticketmaster.co.uk.