Arctic Monkey mania hits the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival

It’s a special ‘moment’ declare band…

ARCTIC MONKEYS mania has hit the CARLING WEEKEND: READING FESTIVAL this afternoon (August 27).

With the Carling Stage packed out well before the well-touted newcomers took the stage and hundreds of more fans watching from outside the tent, the Arctic Monkeys were reminiscent of Foo Fighters’ first ever Reading appearance as the whole festival seemed to focus on the band.

”It feels like a moment us playing here,” said singer Alex Turner of the band’s appearance. “It certainly feels like a moment to me.”

With the Arctic Army, the group’s loyal fanbase, out in full force, the show was marked by constant crowd surfers – including one dressed as a gorilla –, spontaneous chants of “Monkeys, monkeys” and very loud sing-a-longs.

Turner even let the audience sing the first verse of ’Scummy Man’ by themselves, despite the fact that only a demo of the song is available as a download, and it has never been officially released.

Acknowledging the crowd’s support Turner declared: “Anyone who wants to say a bad word about the Arctic Monkeys can deal with that (the band’s fans), lets have it!”

The Arctic Monkeys played their one single so far, ’Fake Tales Of San Francisco’, along with ‘Mardy Burn’ and ‘I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, demos of which have found favour with fans online.

Ending the band’s set with ’A Certain Romance’, Turner told the crowd “We could play for you all day, but there’s a time limit,” and then thanked fans by saying, “I hope this means something to you, it means a lot to us.”

Coverage from both sites of the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals continues with Babyshambles and Foo Fighters among the bands playing today, so stay tuned to NME.COM.