Arctic Monkeys: Countdown to Old Trafford

Follow the Sheffield band's preparations for this weekend on NME.COM

Arctic Monkeys have told NME.COM why they are playing their big gigs in Manchester this weekend, despite previously dismissing the possibility of playing massive arena shows.

The band are playing huge shows at Old Trafford County Cricket Ground in Manchester this weekend (July 28 and 29) and explained why having avoided arena tours, they’re happy doing their own festival.

“The thing about arenas was mainly, like, doing a tour – that would be a bit rubbish,” said drummer Matt Helders. “It would be like going into the same room every day. When we play ballrooms and old theatres it’s always more interesting.”

Singer Alex Turner added: “Our tunes fit in smaller places better. But when you do one-offs like this [Old Trafford] you dip your toe, don’t you? And then you wriggle off.”

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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