It's finally happening
After years of anticipation, Arctic Monkeys have finally announced their return with their first confirmed tour date of 2018. More are expected to be announced shortly.
The band, who have been hard at work on album No.6, have now been confirmed to headline Firefly Festival alongside Eminem, The Killers and Kendrick Lamar. The festival takes place in The Woodlands of Delaware from June 14-17.
Meanwhile, a cryptic video shared across the internet that seemed to tease more tour dates has since been revealed to be fake:
Fans on Reddit were speculated that the video shows dates and co-ordinates. It suggested that the band would be playing Mad Cool Festival, Primavera Sound and Rock Werchter among others – with something rumoured to be happening in London tomorrow night.
However, NME has since learned that this did not come from official sources, but more 2018 tour dates are expected to follow in the coming weeks.
Bassist Nick O’Malley recently confirmed that the band started recording their eagerly-anticipated new album in September while also revealing that it should be released in 2018.
O’Malley recently spoke to motorcycle website For The Ride, with the article stating that “Nick found time for the track day before recording began on the eagerly anticipated sixth album, started at a secret location in September. The new album will be out next year because ‘if it isn’t, we’ve got problems’.”
Aside from the growth of Alex Turner’s new beard, news from the Sheffield group has been relatively quiet over the last few years. A number of photos of the group seemingly in the studio emerged earlier this year, sparking speculation that work was well underway on the next LP.
Drummer Matt Helders also recently met a fan and gave them an update on the new Arctic Monkeys’ album, suggesting that new material would arrive in 2017 – however that never materialised.
NME has approached Arctic Monkeys for a comment and update.
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