Alex Turner on Glastonbury: 'Hopefully they’ll turn the speakers on'

Arctic Monkeys will headline the festival for the second time this Friday (June 28)

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Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner has joked that Glastonbury is a "wise wizard" and that he hopes they turn the speakers on for the band's headline set at the festival.

Turner admitted that he did not fully understand the festival when the band headlined Glastonbury in 2007 but has come to appreciate it more in subsequent years.

Speaking to Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1, Turner said Glastonbury was "sort of like playing on the moon or something".

He added: "It’s kind of like an otherworldy quality that Glastonbury festival has, that can’t be explained, to someone that hasn’t experienced the thing. At that time when we last played it, I’d never been there before, I didn’t really know what it was, you know, and now I think I’ve been like every year it’s been on since then, and somehow I feel that makes me better equipped to play it this time, and all others really."

Referencing the band's first headline set, where Dizzee Rascal guest appearance was scuppered by a microphone failure, Turner continued: "Glastonbury is like this old wise wizard, or something, kind of controls the tides of the rock ‘n roll universe, and I perhaps understand that a little better this time, I’ve got a respect for it, you know. Maybe that wise wizard’s got a respect for us now, don’t know. Hopefully he’ll turn the speakers on or whatever, turn us up a bit this time."

'AM', Arctic Monkeys' fifth studio record, will be released on September 9 and feature 12 tracks including the new single 'Do I Wanna Know?'. The song 'Mad Sounds', first played at the Hultsfred festival in Sweden earlier this month, also appears alongside 2012 single 'R U Mine?'. Scroll down to see the full tracklisting for 'AM'.

Arctic Monkeys headline Glastonbury festival this Friday (June 28), performing on the opening day of the festival on the Pyramid Stage. Drummer Matt Helders has said that the band plan to "have a bit of fun" with their setlist at the festival. "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," said Helders.

The 'AM' tracklisting is as follows:

'Do I Wanna Know?'
'R U Mine?'
'One For The Road'
'Arabella'
'I Want It All'
'No. 1 Party Anthem'
'Mad Sounds'
'Fireside'
'Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?'
'Snap Out Of It'
'Knee Socks'
'I Wanna Be Yours'


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