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Arctic Monkeys to 'have a bit of fun' with their Glastonbury setlist

Matt Helders has said that he is 'quietly confident' about the band's headline show

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Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has said that the band plan to "have a bit of fun" with their setlist at Glastonbury festival next weekend.

This will be the second time that the band have headlined the Pyramid Stage, following their appearance in 2007. They headline the Friday night of the event (June 28) this year, with Helders comparing the two appearances and telling BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe earlier this evening: "I'm prepared for what it entails in way, but I think in terms of preparation we can mould a different kind of setlist for it and have a bit more fun with it."

He added that he is "quietly confident" about their set, saying he feels "good". He added: "So far I'm probably quietly confident, but I know as soon as I'm walking up the steps I'll be in a different place completely, I'll just be talking nonsense, walking around a lot."

Helders also spoke to Lowe about the band's new single, 'Do I Wanna Know?', which debuted on iTunes this morning (June 19) and is currently a part of their live shows. "It was one of the first ones that we did for the record. When it came down to playing it, it was still quite scary, we didn't practise it that much, we didn't know it well!" Scroll down to listen to the song.

When asked about opening their comeback show last month in Ventura, California with the song, Helders said: "I remember being determined not to do that thing where you wait." Speaking about Alex Turner's evocative lyrics and how he's as much as a fan of the frontman as anyone, he commented: "The thing I remember from actually recording it in the studio, [was] sitting there and without telling him how good I think he is, just like y’know, keeping it to myself, but enjoying it." Lowe then joked about the band still not complimenting each other, to which Helders responded: "No – it's still not cool!"

The band recently premiered another new song 'Mad Sounds', which is likely to appear on their forthcoming new album, at Hultsfred Festival in Sweden on Friday and again at the Danish NorthSide festival on Sunday.

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