Arctic Monkeys – Live At Reading-Leeds Festival – 2014 – August 23, 2014 – BBC Radio 1 –
Arctic Monkeys, live at Reading-Leeds Festival 2014 and preserved for posterity for BBC Radio 1 and recently re-broadcast because festival season for 2020 was a non-event, just like everything this year.
Summer Festival season in Europe is one of the real highlights of any musical year. And the fact that they have been shut down, and worse, venues are suffering and bordering on disaster is making 2020 one of the truly rotten years for music.
However, in anticipation of a return to some semblance of normalcy, rumors have it promoters have applied for licenses from June 4-6, 2021 for a string of Arctic Monkeys shows in Sheffield, so fingers are crossed and maybe something resembling festival season might happen next year. The rate things are going, I don’t see anything happening for the U.S. for a long time, and the rumors of a Second COVID Wave might put a damper on gigs well into next year just about everywhere. But hopes are still high.
In case you don’t already know: Arctic Monkeys formed in Sheffield in 2002. The group consists of Alex Turner (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Jamie Cook (guitar, keyboards), Nick O’Malley (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Matt Helders (drums, backing vocals). Former band member Andy Nicholson (bass guitar, backing vocals) left the band in 2006 shortly after their debut album was released.
They have released six studio albums: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006), Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007), Humbug (2009), Suck It and See (2011), AM (2013), and Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (2018); as well as one live album, At the Apollo (2008). Their debut album is the fastest-selling debut album by a band in UK chart history, and in 2013, Rolling Stone ranked it the 30th-greatest debut album.
The band has won seven Brit Awards, winning both Best British Group and Best British Album three times, and has been nominated for five Grammy Awards. They also won the Mercury Prize in 2006 for their debut album, in addition to receiving nominations in 2007, 2013, and 2018. The band have headlined at the Glastonbury Festival twice, in 2007 and again in 2013.
Arctic Monkeys were heralded as one of the first bands to come to public attention via the Internet, with commentators suggesting they represented the possibility of a change in the way in which new bands are promoted and marketed.
Okay – if you don’t already know, now you do – in either case, hit the play button and crank it up.