Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner responds to criticism from The Orwells

'They should have been out trying to get laid instead of watching us every night' says singer

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has responded to criticism of the band’s live shows from The Orwells.

The Orwells, who supported the Sheffield band on their US arena tour earlier this year, previously commented on Arctic Monkeys’ “synchronised” performances and the lack of variety over the course of their shows.

Last month, frontman Mario Cuomo apologised for the comments during a gig in London, but in an interview with, Turner said the criticism hadn’t been valid.

“They should have been out trying to get laid instead of watching us every night,” he said. “I don’t think that’s fair [to call it synchronised]. There comes a time on a tour when something works and you tend to leave it alone. We have been changing it around a little bit.”

He added: “You can’t mess around with it too much. It’s almost like the show isn’t designed to be watched by the same person every night. Nowadays people share the setlists, but I’m by no means fucking phoning it in. It’s not like we have [pre-recorded] tracks, we’re up there fucking doing it.”

It was revealed earlier this week that Arctic Monkeys will release ‘Snap Out Of It’ as the next single from their album ‘AM’. Later this year they will headline the Main Stage at Reading and Leeds, their first time performing at the festival since they topped the bill five years ago. Appearing as an England and Wales festival exclusive, the band will appear at both sites at the August 22-24 festival.

The band will also headline T In The Park in Scotland as well as a number of European festivals.

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