Arctic Monkeys expect special guests at Old Trafford shows

Quite a lot of them, actually...

Arctic Monkeys have told NME.COM that they expecting a number of very special guests for their shows in Manchester this weekend – if they can get them all in.

The band are playing huge shows at Lancashire County Cricket Ground in Old Trafford, Manchester this weekend (July 28 and 29) – and they are a bit worried about what the size of their guest lists will be.

Guitarist Jamie Cook said: “I’m a bit worried now because every time we’ve played a gig in Sheffield lately, like the Leadmill, and people have been asking for tickets I’ve been saying ‘Wait until Manchester, it will be alright’, and everyone’s remembered! I’m never going to get everyone I said yes to on our list.”

He added: “There’s about 70 from the local boozer. It’s the pub where we drink. It’s tiny but there’s still 70 odd people coming down on the coach!”

Bassist Nick O’Malley stated: “Mine’s about 60.”

Drummer Matt Helders revealed: “I haven’t counted yet and I haven’t offered any yet! Except for my mum and dad and that. I’m just waiting for the calls now: ‘Remember how you offered me and my rugby team?’ What rugby team?”

Meanwhile, frontman Alex Turner has his own plan to get things sorted -“I’ve said, ‘Just send us a text the day beforehand’. They’ll just have a tantrum if they can’t get in, there’s nowt else they can do.”

You can see the rest of our exclusive interview with the Monkeys in the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands from July 25.

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Meanwhile, stay tuned to NME.COM for the ultimate coverage of this weekend’s gigs.