Arctic Monkeys serenade Lisbon’s Nos Alive festival with ‘love song’

Interpol, Elbow, Imagine Dragons and Kelis also play the first day of the festival in Portugal

Arctic Monkeys headed up the first day of Lisbon’s Nos Alive festival – formerly known as Optimus Alive – yesterday (July 10).

The band performed for an hour and a half on the main Nos Stage, playing 20 songs in total, including ‘Fireside’, which frontman Alex Turner introduced by saying: “Lisbon, I want to play you a love song right now. It seems the right thing to do.” Turner kept banter to a minimum during the headline set, though before ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ he commented, “This is an old song… It’s for the girls.” Later, ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’ was dedicated to “the booty call you’re going to make later on.”

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Turner – in his trademark leather jacket – also tried out his Portuguese on the audience, telling the crowd “obrigado” (thank you) on two separate occasions. “Obrigado. We’re gonna party here tonight, Lisbon,” he said before ‘Don’t Sit Down ’Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’. The band, who will headline T In The Park this Sunday (July 13), played a set which drew largely from the last album, 2013’s ‘AM’, but which also featured some classics from their back catalogue, such as ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’, ‘Dancing Shoes’, ‘My Propeller’ and ‘505’.


Their now customary take on Black Sabbath’s ‘War Pigs’ was also included, during their rendition of ‘Arabella’. Drummer Matt Helders started the evening in a denim cut-off waistcoat, sat behind drums plastered with the Sheffield area dialing code 0114.

The huge crowd chanted along to songs like ‘Brianstorm’ and for the final track of the evening, ‘R U Mine?’, sang along a capella.

Arctic Monkeys played:

‘Do I Wanna Know?’
‘Snap Out Of It’
‘Arabella’/’War Pigs’
‘Don’t Sit Down ’Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’
‘Dancing Shoes’
‘Crying Lightning’
‘Knee Socks’
‘My Propeller’
‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
‘Library Pictures’
‘No 1 Party Anthem’
‘She’s Thunderstorms’
‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’
‘Fluorescent Adolescent’
‘One For The Road’
‘I Wanna Be Yours’
‘R U Mine?’

Earlier in the day Imagine Dragons covered Blur‘s ‘Song 2’. The band’s frontman Dan Reynolds introduced the track by saying it was by one of the Las Vegas group’s favourite bands. Before closing track ‘Radioactive’, from their 2012 debut ‘Night Visions’, Reynolds said that the group would soon be taking some time out to work on their second LP, commenting: “We’re going to go away for a while to work on our new album”.

They were followed on the Nos Stage by Interpol who played a selection of material from their upcoming fifth album ‘El Pintor’, including the album’s first three tracks, ‘All The Rage Back Home’, ‘My Desire’ and ‘Anywhere’.


The band opened their set with ‘Say Hello To The Angels’ from their debut album, 2002’s ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’. Frontman Paul Banks entered the stage sporting a white fedora and black suit, with the band playing in front of a backdrop that featured a large-scale picture of the artwork for ‘El Pintor’.

The band’s hour-long set also included ‘Evil’ from their second album ‘Antics’, as well as ‘C’mere’, ‘Narc’, ‘PDA’ and ‘Slow Hands’. “It’s awesome to be back in beautiful Lisbon,” said Banks to the crowd. “So far it’s been beautiful.”

Elbow performed on the Heineken Stage, to a crowd with a strong British presence, so much so that frontman Guy Garvey was moved to say: “No Manchester chants. No Manchester chants! I’m as proud as you are, but it can be intimidating to other people, alright northern gentlemen?” The band closed their set with ‘One Day Like This’, before Kelis played on the same stage.

The festival continues tonight (July 11) with performances from The Black Keys and MGMT.


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