Arctic Monkeys on Glastonbury headline set: ‘We couldn’t have given it more’

The band are now planning on sticking around to watch The Rolling Stones headline on Saturday

Arctic Monkeys have told NME they “couldn’t have given it any more” during their Glastonbury headline set on the Pyramid Stage (June 28).

The Sheffield group played a greatest hits set to an estimated 90,000 fans at Worthy Farm. During the show they were joined on stage by a six-piece string section for early classic ‘Mardy Bum’, as well as long-time band cohort Miles Kane for final track ‘505’.

Speaking exclusively to NME shortly after he came offstage, singer Alex Turner said: “I couldn’t have asked for anything more really – it was cool wasn’t it? My favourite bit was the encore [with Kane]. But then again, the start, ‘Do I Wanna Know?’, was absolutely amazing too. To see everybody moving like that blew me away.”

“We couldn’t have given it any more,” said guitarist Jamie Cook about the band’s performance, which came six years after their first headline performance on the Pyramid Stage. “I just enjoyed it all,
beginning to end.”

Asked what their plans for the rest of the Glastonbury weekend were now that their own gig was over, drummer Matt Helders said: “We’re coming back here tomorrow, we’re hopefully gonna see the Stones. We’re gonna stay for the duration.”

Pick up this week’s NME magazine to read a full interview and behind-the-scenes pictures.

Read the full report from Arctic Monkeys‘ Glastonbury headline show.

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