Arctic Monkeys were reportedly approached to play a huge homecoming show at Tramlines Festival in Sheffield, but declined the offer.
With the band expected to reveal details of their long-awaited sixth album any day now, the band marked their return by sharing a huge run of world tour dates throughout 2018. So far, the band’s only confirmed UK date is headlining TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow, where they’ll be joined on the day by the likes of Blossoms and Interpol.
Many fans were expecting the band to be announced as one of the headliners for Reading & Leeds 2018, but were left disappointed when the line-up was unveiled this morning. The band were also tipped to be appearing at Tramlines Festival in their native Sheffield, but this also failed to materialise when Noel Gallagher, Stereophonics and Craig David were announced as headliners last night.
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Now, the Sheffield Star reports that sources claim the band were approached to perform at the event this year, but turned down the offer.
While organisers remained tight-lipped about the truth behind the rumours, they did add that it was a possibility that they could perform in the future.
“I cannot confirm or deny if we asked them because it’s not my place to say but it’s no secret we’d love them to play at Tramlines,” an organiser told The Star. “People ask us every year if we can get them to play. It used to be near impossible but it’s not anymore.”
Aside from the growth of Alex Turner’s new beard, news from the Sheffield group has been relatively quiet over the last few years. A number of photos of the group seemingly in the studio emerged earlier this year, sparking speculation that work was well underway on the next LP.
Drummer Matt Helders also recently met a fan and gave them an update on the new Arctic Monkeys’ album, suggesting that new material would arrive in 2017 – however that never materialised.
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