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Arctic Monkeys pay tribute to Yorkshire roots with white roses as Leeds Festival headline set begins

Alex Turner tells crowd: 'Yorkshire, we'll have a right laugh with you today."

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Arctic Monkeys paid tribute to their home region as their Leeds Festival set began tonight (August 24).

Arriving on stage at 9.20pm to a muzak version of Elvis Presley's 'Are You Lonesome Tonight', the Sheffield band launched into 'Do I Wanna Know' with a thudding drumbeat and a stage bathed in yellow light. As the song kicked in, a red flare fired high into the sky from the crowd, and another burned in the moshpit.

Alex Turner had adapted his outfit especially for the occasion, wearing a white Yorkshire rose on each lapel of his immaculate suit. "Yorskire!" he shouted, to a roar of approval from the expansive crowd – the biggest of the weekend by a country mile. "We'll have a right laugh with you today."

'Brianstorm' saw Turner and guitarist Jamie Cook striking rock star poses, Turner at one point throwing both hands in the air, and 'Dancing Shoes' followed. Before 'Arabella', Turner said, in a conspicuously thick accent: "Thank you very much. It's a beautiful night in the north."

Turner later changed the lyrics of 'Old Yellow Bricks' to include the lines "Oh Sheffield is wonderful, oh Sheffield is wonderful," having dedicated the song to his hometown.

Check back later for a full report.

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