Have Arctic Monkeys shelved plans for a string of massive homecoming shows?

Is AM heading to Hillsborough after all?

Arctic Monkeys are rumoured to have shelved plans for a string of massive homecoming shows in their native Sheffield this summer, after a licensing application was withdrawn.

With the band expected to reveal details of their long-awaited sixth album any day now, the band marked their return by sharing a huge run of world tour dates throughout 2018. To date, their only confirmed UK show is headlining Glasgow’s TRNSMT Festival.

But after the band reportedly turned down the chance to headline Sheffield’s renowned Tramlines Festival, it was rumoured earlier this week that they could play huge shows at Hillsborough Park in September.

As The Sheffield Star initially reported, a notice appeared in Sheffield, stating that SJM Concerts are planning an event at Hillsborough this September, providing live music and the sale of alcohol for up to four days.

However it now seems that the prospect of the shows is entirely up in the air, after Sheffield City Council confirmed that the licensing application has been subsequently withdrawn.

When contacted by Sheffield based website VIBE, a council spokesperson said: “We can confirm that SJM concerts has withdrawn the licencing application for Hillsborough Park. We don’t know why as of yet.”

NME has also contacted Sheffield City Council and a representative for Arctic Monkeys in order to verify the reports.

 

Many fans were expecting the band to be announced as one of the headliners for Reading & Leeds 2018, but were left disappointed when the line-up was unveiled last week. The band were also tipped to be appearing at Tramlines Festival in Sheffield, but this also failed to materialise when Noel Gallagher, Stereophonics and Craig David were announced as headliners. However, it then emerged that the band were approached but turned the opportunity down.

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.

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