Fans flock to Finsbury Park ahead of Arctic Monkeys show

Band will headline 45,000 capacity gig in London later tonight (May 23)

Thousands of Arctic Monkeys fans have descended upon Finsbury Park in north London for the band’s huge open air gig.

Doors opened at the park at 4pm with Royal Blood, the first support act, due on at 5:30pm with Miles Kane and Tame Impala to follow. Arctic Monkeys are due onstage at 9pm.

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Arctic Monkeys fan Steve Morrison told NME that he brought a bunch of friends to the gig as part of his stag do. “It just seemed like the right thing to do,” said Steve who first saw the band in Sheffield before they released their first album. “It’s a massive occasion in my life and a pretty big one for the band too so I can’t wait for the rest of the night.”

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Lucas from nearby Highbury is seeing the band for the first time. “I first really got into the band when I bought ‘AM’ and I’ve gone back and listened to all of their albums.” He says he is most excited about hearing Arctic Monkeys play newer material like ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ and ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’.”

The bar in front of the Main Stage is titled ‘The Parrot’s Beak’ in reference to Arctic Monkeys’ song ‘Cornerstone’.

Speaking to NME prior to his support slot, Miles Kane said he is confident the gig will be an event to remember, stating: “I’m sure something is going to happen. I don’t know of any covers. They’re really excited because it’s two massive shows and they’re good bands on. It’s gonna be a boss event. It’ll be one to remember for everyone involved. They are the biggest band around, they’re killing it.”

Meanwhile, Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker recalls the first time he met Alex Turner. “I just thought they were some cool random dudes!” he reveals. “Someone else had to fill me in and tell me that these guys were Arctic Monkeys and they’re a big deal. I felt pretty stupid, they’re cool people. I’m definitely looking forward to getting a drink with them while we’re over. I’m really excited.”

Royal Blood singer Mike Kerr says he is looking forward to playing for his mum: “It should be pretty surreal. All our friends and family are coming up, which will be nice. Don’t worry, I’m not going to dedicate songs to my aunt or anything.”