Local businesses will celebrate the band's return with special events and limited edition custom drinks
An informal Arctic Monkeys fan village will open in Sheffield this week to coincide with the band’s UK tour arriving in the city.
A photo exhibition has already been announced to be held at Kelham Island Arts Collective, showcasing previously unseen photos of the band taken by Zackery Michael during the making and subsequent touring of sixth album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino‘.
Local businesses are also getting involved after the group’s manager Geoff Barradale and Alexis Krachai, chair of a group at the Chamber Of Commerce who find new ways to attract visitors to Sheffield, had the idea to create a fan village. Two special ‘Tranquility Base’ nights on Friday and Saturday (September 21, 22), described as “post-gig celebrations”.
Fans will be able to sample the brewery’s range of beers while listening to Arctic Monkeys’ back catalogue, and tunes from other Sheffield bands. When presenting their gig tickets, attendees will get a free pint for every three pints bought.
Local pub The Fat Cat have created a limited edition blonde craft ale called ‘Tranquility’ to mark the shows. The beer will be available from today (September 17) in the Kelham Island and Neepsend areas and £20 from every keg sold will go to the Cathedral Archer Project homeless charity.
Taxi firm City Taxis have also announced a special deal around the shows. Fans who pre-book cabs from the exhibition to the FlyDSA Arena will only be charged £7.30.
Of the fan village, Krachai said: “Over 50,000 people are going to enjoy the Arctic Monkeys this week. Going to an amazing gig is one thing, but Sheffield can also show local and visiting fans that a night out around Kelham is equally as memorable. We wanted to create something that highlights exactly what Sheffield is all about.”
The band’s run of hometown shows begins tomorrow (September 18) and ends on Saturday, after which the band will head to Newcastle to finish their UK tour. Any remaining tickets are available to purchase here.
Arctic Monkeys will play:
18 – Sheffield, UK FlyDSA Arena
19 – Sheffield, UK FlyDSA Arena
21 – Sheffield, UK FlyDSA Arena
22 – Sheffield, UK FlyDSA Arena
27 – Newcastle, UK Metro Radio Arena
28 – Newcastle, UK Metro Radio Arena
Meanwhile, last week (September 12) the band released a cover of Stephen Fretwell’s 2004 track ‘-‘.
The new cover was released alongside a live version of ‘Four Out Of Five’ as part of the Spotify Singles series. Both tracks were recorded at New York’s iconic Electric Lady Studios.