Arctic Monkeys play main stage at Carling Weekend: Reading Festival

It’s the Sheffield band's biggest ever UK gig

Arctic Monkeys have played the main stage at the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival tonight (August 26).

The performance came exactly a year after the band packed out the Carling Tent on the Saturday afternoon at 2005’s bash, and was the group’s biggest home performance so far.

Overwhelmed by the size of the occasion, frontman Alex Turner stopped second song ’Still Take You Home’ midway through and observed “There’s lots of people, lets see them”, as the lights were turned-up.


Reflecting on the 12 months that has seen the band go from new band, to major festival draw, Turner then asked the crowd “Did anyone see us last year at Reading?” Before adding after the crowd’s large cheer, “Honestly?”

Arctic Monkeys played:

‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’

‘Still Take You Home’

‘You Probably Couldn’t See For The Lights But You Were Looking Straight At Me’

‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’


‘Cigarette Smoker Fiona’

‘Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But…’

‘Dancing Shoes’

‘The View From The Afternoon’

‘Bigger Boys And Stolen Sweethearts’

‘From The Ritz To The Rubble’

‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’

‘Mardy Bum’

‘When The Sun Goes Down’

‘A Certain Romance’

Stay tuned to NME.COM/festivals for full coverage from both sites of the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals including news, pictures and blogs, and check out next week’s issue of NME ‘ out August 30 ‘ for the ultimate festival review.