Arctic Monkeys celebrate Number One with chaotic hometown show

Stagediving and a new song as the group play a tiny venue

Arctic Monkeys have celebrated their second UK Number One single in style with a hometown gig in Sheffield.

The low-key gig at the Sheffield Leadmill (January 22) was the same evening the band found out their latest single ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ had gone straight to the top of the charts – their second successive Number One single.

At the show, which also serves as a warm-up for their appearance on this week’s ShockWaves NME Awards Tour, the band opened with both singles in succession.


From the stage singer Alex Turner looked amazed as the crowd sang back every word to the first verse of ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ – something which then happened with every song.

“I don’t know if you know but we’ve got a CD coming out tomorrow,” he smiled, before adding, “you’ve all fucking got it anyway!” in reference to the fact that the album leaked online earlier this month.

As well as showcasing tracks from debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’, the band also found time to debut one brand new song titled ‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’.

In the run-up to the show tickets for the gig were changing hands for hundreds of pounds, and many fans were left stranded outside, unable to get into the 800 capacity venue.

At one point in the performance Turner asked for the doors to be opened so the people outside could hear the music.

The gig, which was watched by the band’s family and friends, ended with ‘A Certain Romance’, with Turner stage diving into the crowd.


The setlist ran: ’When The Sun Goes Down’

‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’

‘View From The Afternoon’

‘Still Take You Home’

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

‘Bigger Boys And Stolen Sweethearts’

‘Dancing Shoes’

‘From The Ritz To The Rubble’

‘Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But…’

‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’

‘Mardy Bum’

‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’

‘A Certain Romance’

After the gig record stores in the city opened their doors at midnight to start selling copies of the album as soon as possible.