The band will be playing a string of shows in September
Arctic Monkeys have opened up about the prospect of playing huge stadium shows in the UK.
The band released their sixth studio album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ back in May and have been playing shows in the UK and America in support of the record. They’ll return to the UK in September – you can buy tickets here.
Now, in a new interview with Beats 1’s Matt Wilkinson, the band have revealed whether they’d play stadiums in the UK next time around.
“I mean, we did like the cricket ground thing all those years ago and that was a nice special occasion. And Finsbury Park obviously – so we’ve done a few of them,” drummer Matt Helders said. “It seems quite daunting though, doing a stadium.”
Wilkinson replied, “Does it really? Even after after all these years of headlining Glastonbury’s and stuff?” to which Helders responded, “Yeah.”
Meanwhile, the band also opened up on the polarising reaction to the new album, after it proved extremely divisive among fans.
“I’ve never found much use in reading the reviews, like in either direction – if it’s good or bad,” Helders said.
“That don’t mean it never gets back to you though – does it? You know with your mates or your relatives”, Turner added.
Turner also admitted that the follow-up could come sooner than expected. “You know, again I don’t know, we’ve not quite reached a conclusion on what we’re gonna do but, I’d like to, yeah”, he said.
“Maybe just for the reason that, I’ve really been enjoying playing this one on the road and that excitement of playing together could lead to jumping back in the studio. Whereas, like when we made this Tranquility Base one, that wasn’t coming off the back of a tour.
“I remember we nearly did [go back into the studio] after AM, there were a moment where we were just like, “Let’s go and do another thing and keep going!” I’m glad we didn’t now but there was definitely an urge there to do that.”