Band are also joined onstage by Alex Turner collaborator Miles Kane
Arctic Monkeys bought the opening night of T In The Park to a close with their Main Stage set, which also saw the Sheffield band celebrating guitarist Jamie Cook’s 26th birthday (July 8).
Playing out hits including ‘When The Sun Goes Down’, ‘Brianstorm’ and ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’, the band bought the show to a climax by bringing on Miles Kane, who played guitar for the finale of ‘505’.
“Not only is he our best friend, but our best dressed friend,” said frontman Alex Turner, by way of an introduction to Kane, before giving him a hug.
“It’s Jamie Cook’s birthday today everybody,” said Turner towards the beginning of the set, “so anytime it goes quiet at all this evening, you just start singing ‘Happy Birthday’”. Turner then went on to lead the crowd in a birthday sing-along for the guitarist – pictured right – between forthcoming single ‘The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala’ and ‘The View From The Afternoon’.
“It makes for a good setlist, having four albums to pick from – we can do a good mixture, I think,” drummer Matt Helders told NME before the show. He also tipped Kane and The Vaccines to be bands of the summer.
When asked how the band would be celebrating Cook’s birthday, Helders said: “We’re gonna hold ourselves back a bit until after we’ve been on – I’m personally not that good at playing when I’m drunk, I struggle a bit.”
Arctic Monkeys played:
‘This House Is A Circus’
‘Still Take You Home’
‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cos I’ve Moved Your Chair’
‘Brick By Brick’
‘The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala’
‘The View From The Afternoon’
‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
‘Suck It And See’
‘If You Were There, Beware’
‘Do Me A Favour’
‘When The Sun Goes Down’
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