Arctic Monkeys triumph at Old Trafford

There are sound problems again, but the band win the day

Arctic Monkeys have played the biggest headlining gig of their lives, triumphing on their first night (July 28) at Lancashire County Cricket Club’s Old Trafford ground.

Taking to the stage at 8.45pm (BST) to the ‘Rocky’ theme and deafening cheers, the band confidently launched into current single ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’.

If the audience’s singalong was loud during the opener, the cricket ground went ballistic for second song, Number One hit ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’.

They followed that up with ‘Brianstorm’ ensuring the Manchester audience kept rocking.

“Thank you, thanks for coming down everybody, have you had a good day so far?” asked frontman Alex Turner ahead of ‘Still Take You Home’ as the band barely paused for breath.

“Someone just threw the politest bottle on,” noted Turner ahead of ‘Dancing Shoes’. “It was a minature Bells, how polite!”

With the crowd loudly chanting “Yokshire, Yorkshire“, revealing the number of fans who’d made the journey across The Pennies, Turner joked “What are you saying? You’re shit? That’s not polite” ahead of ‘From The Ritz To The Rubble’.

Clearly in a chatty moody, the singer then introduced first single ‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’, declaring “I wore a shirt, you could all have made an effort”.

However echoing their sound problems at Glastonbury, the sound cut out midway through ‘Balaclava’ as the band played on unaware aware of the problem.

In good humour the crowd started using the football chant “You’re not singing any more”, alerting the band to the issues and after a short pause the speakers were eventually restored with Turner cursing his band’s luck.

“Ever so sorry about that, that always happens to us,” he moaned. “I was talking to you like Batman and you couldn’t hear us. Joke’s on me. Anyway let’s put it behind us, here’s ‘Old Yellow Bricks’.”

With the crowd recovering from the brief technical fault, the band then powered through the likes of ‘You Probably Couldn’t See Me For The Lights But You Were Looking Straight At Me’ and ‘This House Is A Circus’ without further incident.

Indulging in some War Of The Roses rivalry ahead of ‘If You Were There, Beware’ the band got the crowd in Lancashire to chant “Yorkshire“, however the audience were soon making plenty of noise on their own, as Turner invited the crowd to have a “sing-song” to ‘Mardy Bum’.

With ‘Do Me A Favour’ stunning the crowd with its surf guitar beauty, the band then built up to rowdy finish playing ‘The View From The Afternoon’ and a twilight rendition of ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ in quick succession.

With a flip-flop thrown on stage – “fancy coming in filp-flops” noted Turner – the band wound their set up with ‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’.

Returning for the encore with ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ B-side ‘Plastic Tramp’, the band were then joined by The Rascals member Miles Kane on guitar for ‘505’ as Turner took over keyboards.

Having triumphed over the technical issues, there was a celebratory feel in the air as Arctic Monkeys – and the crowd in good voice – concluded the gig with ‘A Certain Romance’.

“It’s been a pleasure,” declared Turner as the band left the stage. “I won’t forget it!”

Arctic Monkeys played:

‘Fluorescent Adolescent’

‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’

‘Brianstorm’

‘Still Take You Home’

‘Dancing Shoes’

‘From The Ritz To The Rubble’

‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’

‘Balaclava’

‘Old Yellow Bricks’

‘Your Probably Couldn’t See Me Because For The Lights But You Were Looking Straight At Me’

‘This House Is A Circus’

‘Teddy Picker’

‘D Is For Dangerous’

‘If You Were There Beware’

‘Mardy Bum’

‘Do Me A Favour’

‘The View From The Afternoon’

‘When The Sun Goes Down’

‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’

‘Plastic Tramp’

‘505’

‘A Certain Romance’

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