Arctic Monkeys kick off Glastonbury headline set

Band open with brand new single

Arctic Monkeys have taken to the stage for their headline performance at Glastonbury 2013, the second time the band have topped the bill.

After a short video of the waveform graphic from their latest video appeared on the screens, the band appeared onstage in front of an enormous, illuminated ‘AM’ sign (for both the band’s initials and the title of their next album), singer Alex Turner in a sharp grey jacket, shirt and tie.

Without saying a word, the band launched straight into brand new single ‘Do I Wanna Know?’. “Good evening everybody,” said singer Alex Turner afterwards, before playing ‘Brianstorm’, ‘Dancing Shoes’, ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ and ‘Teddy Picker’.


Those in the heaving Pyramid Stage crowd can expect an explosive finish.

Speaking to NME about what they have in store, Alex Turner revealed that: “We’ve got fireworks tonight, I think. We never had fireworks until we did that Olympics thing – we didn’t know what was happening! It was great, man. I think this is gonna be great tonight too.”

Meanwhile, drummer Matt Helders has confirmed that the band have been studying the tapes ahead of their set. Reacting to the news that Mick Jagger has watched video tapes of previous headliners ahead of The Rolling Stones headline set tomorrow night (June 29), Helders said: “Am I nervous? Yeah, a little bit – it’s about getting myself relaxed before the show at this point as much as possible. We watch other bands but more in a ‘what not to do’ way than anything. Obviously it’s quite tempting to overdo it, but tonight we’ll be keeping it quite…tasteful.”

Earlier today, Miles Kane confirmed that he will join Arctic Monkeys during their set. Alex Turner performed with Kane during his set on the John Peel Stage earlier today.

Stay tuned to NME for a full report after the show.