Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner labels Glastonbury 2013 as ‘one of the best gigs we’ve ever done’

Frontman says he felt "like I was in outer space" during Friday night (June 28) performance

Alex Turner has said that Arctic Monkeys‘ headline set at Glastonbury 2013 was “one of the best gigs we’ve ever done”.

The frontman headlined the Worthy Farm festival on Friday night (June 27), marking the band’s return to the event they first headlined in 2007. Speaking to NME directly after the gig in an interview you can read in full in this week’s magazine, available nationwide from tomorrow (July 3), Turner said: “It’s one of the best gigs we’ve ever done. Ever! Just because it’s… Glastonbury. It wasn’t raining, and… it’s Glastonbury!”

Asked how the gig ranked next to other big shows the band have played, Turner continued: “This is the best it gets! You only ever do, like, five gigs like this. And that one was the one. You do big shows, big festivals all the time. But it’s a different beast, Glastonbury. We’ll carry on playing to a lot of people all over the summer, but it won’t have that feeling we had just then. That feeling I can’t describe. It felt like I was in outer space.”


Meanwhile, Turner’s band mate Nick O’Malley compared the show to roller blading. “I was saying to them in the encore that it felt like I was floating when I was up there, like I had roller blades on or something!” laughed Nick. “Honestly, I thought I’d be shitting it, but I just felt really calm, strangely calm!”

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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