– Arctic Monkeys – Live At Glastonbury – 2013 – BBC 6 Music – BBC –
Since the Summer Festival season is just getting underway (Glastonbury 2023 is going to take off very shortly), it’s time to look back on previous festivals and previous high-points from an increasing amazing roster of bands and artists.
Tonight it’s Arctic Monkeys from their 2013 appearance at Glastonbury; a year that proved to be a watershed for the group from Sheffield who formed in 2002.
Upon the release of AM on 9 September 2013, the album debuted at number 1 in the UK album charts, selling over 157,000 copies in its first week. As a result, Arctic Monkeys made history as the first independent label band with five consecutive number 1 albums in the UK.The album received widespread critical acclaim and brought Arctic Monkeys their third nomination for the Mercury Prize. The album also won the Brit award for Best British Album. In the United States, the album sold 42,000 copies in its first week, and debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the band’s highest-charting album in the United States. In August 2017, AM was certified platinum by the RIAA for combined sales and album-equivalent units over of a million units in the United States. Turner described AM as the band’s “most original [album] yet,” merging hip-hop drum beats with 1970s heavy rock. The frontman has said that the song “Arabella” expresses the two styles of the album most effectively in one track. On AM, Turner continued to experiment with unusual lyrics, and the album includes the words from poem “I Wanna Be Yours” by John Cooper Clarke. Turner has stated that Homme’s appearance on the song “Knee Socks” marks his favorite moment of the whole album.
For a reminder and to get you in the mood, here is Arctic Monkeys, completely rocking Glastonbury in 2013.