Alex Turner and co also play a special cover during headline slot
Playing their biggest ever British show Alex Turner, Matt Helders, Jamie Cook and Nick O’Malley bounded onstage just after 11pm.
“Hello everybody,” chirped frontman Turner before launching into opener – and immediate singalong – ‘When The Sun Goes Down’.
Clearly enjoying themselves, Turner then told the audience after three songs, “This is terrific, I think.”
The singer added the band were celebrating twice, both headlining and no longer being Glastonbury virgins.
“Never been to Glastonbury, us four,” explained Turner for his bandmates. “So it’s a double celebration!”
Bantering with the crowd throughout the set, Turner dedicated ‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’ to a fan who was waving a Norwegian flag, one of the many banners on display in front of the Pyramid Stage.
“This one is for the gentlemen I’m pointing at, The Viking,” said the singer, then spotting a Jolly Roger he added, “and the pirate!”
The band then gave a live debut to ‘Brianstorm’ B-side ‘Temptation Greets You Like A Naughty Friend’.
“We never played this live before, it’s a Glastonbury special – not that Glastonbury isn’t special already,” declared Turner as his band were joined by rapper Dizzee Rascal, who reprised his role on the record to deliver a stinging verse.
With the sound on the Pyramid Stage sounding noticeably quiet, a large number of fans screamed out for the volume to be raised during the gig, briefly scaring the band that they were unhappy with the set.
“What are you saying, ‘louder’?” asked Turner. “I can’t tell if they’re happy or angry,” he added. “Thumbs up for the man at the front.”
With a sea of thumbs raised in front of the stage, it was clear the crowd were unhappy with the volume and not the band, cheering their singer to dedicate new single ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ to a fan who made an Arctic Monkeys flag and “those blokes there in the gorilla suits”.
‘Do Me A Favour’ and ‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’ also saw the audience repeat their approval, joining in with loud singalongs.
Indeed such was their applause for the latter, Turner didn’t even bother with the song’s coda saying, “You liked that? Well OK, we’re just going to bring on an organ and then we’ll come back and play some more.”
The band then returned for their encore with a thunderous version of ‘The View From The Afternoon’.
Arctic Monkeys then sprung another surprise on the crowd.
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“We’d like to play a cover for you, like we said it only happens once, so we want to do something special for you, we’re thrilled to be here,” explained Turner of the next song, which saw producer and Simian Mobile Disco member James Ford join them on the aforementioned organ.
“Shirley Bassey is playing on Sunday, so this one is for Shirley,” added the singer as his band launched into her 1971 Bond theme ‘Diamonds Are Forever’.
Turner then took over the keys himself for second album closer ‘505’.
Returning the crowd’s earlier thumbs up the band thanked the fans before playing closer ‘A Certain Romance’.
Arctic Monkeys played:
‘When The Sun Goes Down’
‘Still Take You Home’
‘From The Ritz To The Rubble’
‘This House Is A Circus’
‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’
‘Temptation Greets You Like A Naughty Friend’
‘Old Yellow Bricks’
‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
‘If You Were There, Beware’
‘Do Me A Favour’
‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’
‘The View From The Afternoon’
‘Diamonds Are Forever’
‘A Certain Romance’