Monday, 13 June 2011

Live Review – Arctic Monkeys

Don Valley Bowl, Sheffield

Having being billed as one of the biggest shows of the summer, some might say Arctic Monkeys have some pressure on their shoulders.

The release of their fourth album ‘Suck It And See’ has preceded this double shindig in Sheffield and after the mixed reviews of ‘Humbug’ questions were also raised about the live performances that accompanied their third album. But as they stroll on stage to Hot Chocolate’s ‘You Sexy Thing’ they don’t look like a band that are hosting the burden of the next day chart run down.

It’s with a swagger that ‘The View From The Afternoon’ and ‘Brianstorm’ thump through their temporary home and the quartet don’t look like they’ve got too much to worry about until the altered breakdown of the otherwise flawless ‘Still Take You Home’ jitters and stutters to expose underlying nerves.

‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ thunders into the Sheffield night before the sing-along crescendo of ‘Crying Lightening’ sends the crowd further into rapture. It's when Turner conducts the world’s largest choir through a sparkling solo rendition of ‘Mardy Bum’ that it becomes more and more apparent that this is a special night - there are skin heads singing with a tear in their eye, flares in the crowd and inflated jonnies floating through space as the sea of hands pump relentlessly to make Sheffield shake in its foundations for 90 minutes, uniting  10, 000 people in happiness and piss.

Miles Kane joins the band for ‘505’ to end the main set before they return with ‘When The Sun Goes Down’, ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ and ‘A Certain Romance’ to cap off an emotional homecoming from one of the Steel City’s finest exports.

Quality not great but you get the idea..

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