Arctic Monkeys have announced details of a surprise London show next month at Royal Albert Hall. Check out full dates and ticket details below.
To celebrate the launch of their acclaimed new album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino‘, Alex Turner and co will play the iconic venue in the capital on Thursday June 7 to raise money for the charity War Child. Support will come from Cameron Avery.
The band wrote in a message to fans:
“To obtain tickets you can enter a ballot which is open from 10am today (Wednesday May16 ) until 8pm on Sunday May 20.
“It will cost £2 to enter the ballot and all proceeds go to War Child.
“The successful entrants will be notified by email on Monday May 21 and will have 24 hours to purchase the tickets.
“Tickets are limited to 2 per person. No under 5s and children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult in seated areas. No under 14s in the standing arena.
“All tickets will be named. The lead booker must arrive with their guest and show an ID which matches the name on the ticket. Twickets is the official and only re-sale partner. Tickets will be invalid if sold or purchased through non official re-sale partners.”
“We are delighted that the Arctic Monkeys will be dedicating their time and efforts to helping children affected by war by performing a show for War Child, and it is a huge honour that they have chosen to support us,” said Rob Williams, CEO of War Child UK.
“The money raised from this show will allow us to continue our life-changing programmes and reach even more children who have had their lives torn apart by conflict. With 250 million children in the world today affected by war, the need is as great as ever to stand up for their rights.”
Aside from TRNSMT Festival, this will be the band’s only UK show until they return for a full tour in September.
Speaking to NME about the band’s evolution, Turner said the life he’s led in the five years along with his work with Alexandra Savior and The Last Shadow Puppets made him uncomfortable with repeating himself – and compelled to try something new as the artist he is today.
“This is choppy waters in terms of pretentiousness, but I don’t know how much of a choice in that I had,” Turner told NME of the writing of their new album. “This seems like a declaration about retaining my integrity, which I don’t mean for it to be, but this was all I had. I don’t know what else I could have done, truly.”
He continued: “I don’t think I would finish the first draft of a song if I was trying to make the ‘AM’ record again. That, coupled with the fact that it’s five years ago and in-between it I did the record with Alexandra and the Puppets thing. When you bring that into it the shift between ‘AM’ and this doesn’t seems as great, suddenly.
“I think going through that I was even further away from the idea that we would be able to replicate it and do like a ‘Mark 2’ of ‘AM’. The chance to do that was long gone.”