Arctic Monkeys play secret gig in Warrington

Band road test new songs at last-minute show

Arctic Monkeys played a surprise gig at Warrington’s Parr Hall tonight (February 28).

As previously reported, the date was announced this morning, and tickets for the sell-out show were only available directly from the box office.

As with similar last minute gigs the band have staged recently across northern England, Alex Turner and co used the event to road test material from their forthcoming album ’Favourite Worst Nightmare’ (out April 23) including the likes of ’Teddy Picker’, ‘D Is For Dangerous’ and next single ’Brianstorm’.

With the audience favourably receiving the new material along with old favourites including ’When The Sun Goes Down’ and ’A Certain Romance’ – with the latter triggering one “sturdy” gentleman to throw off his shirt, climb on his mate’s shoulders and enthusiastically slap his own flesh in time with the song – frontman Alex Turner told the noisy crowd the show had been a highlight for him.

“I have had a nice time,” he declared. “A very, very nice time and exceptionally nice time, I wouldn’t lie to anyone!”

Arctic Monkeys played:

’This House Is A Circus’

‘Teddy Picker’

‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’

‘Still Take You Home’

‘Dancing Shoes’

‘D Is For Dangerous’

‘When The Sun Goes Down’

‘From The Ritz To The Rubble’

‘Fluorescent Adolescent’

‘Do Me A Favour’

‘A View From The Afternoon’

‘Brianstorm’

‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’

‘What If You Were Right?’

‘A Certain Romance’

Did you go to the gig? If so and you want to share your stories, photos and videos from the show, email them to news@nme.com with Arctics as the subject line and we’ll publish the best.

Meanwhile. the band are now expected to attend tomorrow’s (March 1) Shockwaves NME Awards in London where they are nominated for four awards. To see how they get on stay to NME.COM for the action straight from this year’s ceremony.