This week sees Arctic Monkeys kick off their long-awaited 2018 UK and Ireland arena tour. Check out full details of support acts, stage times and tour dates below.
Following their acclaimed run of festival dates throughout Europe and America this summer, the band will finally return to the UK in support of their 2018 album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino‘. While the surprises that may come in each evening’s setlist await, below is all of the practical information we already know about the shows.
Who’ll be supporting?
The Monkeys will be joined on all UK and Ireland tour dates by US duo The Lemon Twigs. Signed to 4AD, the brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario released their debut album ‘Do Hollywood‘ in 2016 to critical acclaim.
Last month saw the band drop second album ‘Go The School‘, which NME described as “less like a night on Broadway and more like being dragged along to an amateur performance at your local village hall. It’s charming and full of heart, but you’ll be grimacing all the way through it.”
“It was our parents really,” Brian told NME of how they first got into music. “Our dad’s a musician and there were always a lot of instruments in the house so we were always picking them up and having a go. We both played drums, then I started playing guitar when I was seven and gradually the other instruments followed. Michael didn’t start until he was older and got into Nirvana.”
The band then spent a few years on stage working in the world of Broadway musicals, inspiring the theatrical personas that you see on stage today.
“Music was what we were obsessed with when we were really young,” Brian added. “Even backstage at the shows I was still writing a lot of songs and watching videos of The Who, messing about in front of the mirror or with a guitar.”
What are the stage times?
While subject to change, NME has been informed that the below stage times will apply to all shows and venues on Arctic Monkeys’ upcoming UK arena tour
The Lemon Twigs: 7.50pm
Arctic Monkeys: 9pm
Where are they playing?
The band’s full upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates are below. Visit here for tickets and information.
Manchester Arena (September 6/7)
The O2 Arena, London (September 9/10/12/13)
Birmingham Arena (September 15/16)
FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield (September 18/19/21)
3Arena, Dublin (September 24/25)
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (September 27/28)