Live review: Arctic Monkeys – Glastonbury Festival – Worthy Farm, UK (28th June 2013)

Headlining the opening night of the world famous Glastonbury Festival, the Arctic Monkeys frenzy filled setlist was an eclectic mixture of the old, the new and the downright different.

Taking to the gigantic Pyramid Stage and opening with brand new track Do I Wanna Know?, the Sheffield band worked the massive crowd with their undeniable Northern charm. Playing tracks from their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, they visited each of their albums and even offered a sneak peek at their upcoming album AM, due in September.

The band were in fine form, putting on a spectacular show that clocked in at just under 1 hour and 25 mins. Oddly, Alex Turner’s thick Sheffield accent had somewhat lessened, sounding more American to many people. Twitter was soon awash with people pointing out that he has spent too much time over in the US and had forgotten his roots. But speaking-voice-issues aside, the Arctic Monkeys put on a show that people would remember.

Much in the same way as the band, the audience were in fine form. Stretching back over the horizon and fading into the dark night, they sung heartily along to the classic songs that they knew and raved respectfully to the newer songs that they didn’t recognise. All in all an audience that the Arctic Monkeys will no doubt never forget.

Closing the main set with classic hit A Certain Romance, they returned to the stage to perform a couple of more relaxed, laid back and acoustic versions of songs. Accompanied by a string section, Cornerstone contained snippets of David Bowie’s Soul Love and Coldplay’s Yellow. Similarly Mardy Bum tipped it’s hat to Oasis, featuring sections of Don’t Look Back In Anger. A nice twist on some of the fan favourites.

The Arctic Monkeys rounded the concert off by inviting The Rascals frontman Miles Kane on stage with them to perform 505. The band became friends with Miles when The Rascals were touring with the Arctic Monkeys. The pair of lead singers became friends and eventually began writing together and The Last Shadow Puppets was born.

Releasing the album The Age Of The Understatement, the pairs incredibly successful side project took them straight to Number 1 in the UK charts. So it seemed only right that Miles showed up on stage to help round off the brilliant set.

A brilliant end to the opening night of the 2013 Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm was awash with music lovers half-drunkenly singing I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor stumbled from the stage, back through the mud and to their tents/the bar.

Highlights of the second day of Glastonbury 2013 include Elvis Costello (review here) and The Rolling Stones (review here).

Arctic Monkeys setlist

Do I Wanna Know?
Dancing Shoes
Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
Teddy Picker
Crying Lightning
Brick By Brick
Fake Tales of San Francisco
She’s Thunderstorms
Old Yellow Bricks
Pretty Visitors
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Do Me a Favour
R U Mine?
Mad Sounds
Fluorescent Adolescent
A Certain Romance
Mardy Bum
When the Sun Goes Down

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2 thoughts on “Live review: Arctic Monkeys – Glastonbury Festival – Worthy Farm, UK (28th June 2013)

  1. They were unbelievably good (I should know, I was there!) but you could barely see them on the screens, which were completely ineffective. They riled up the crowd somewhat, though, and completely won them over. The love from the audience was completely palpable.

    • Josh Gill says:

      Yeah the screens weren’t very effective. Pretty small for such a massive gig! Still, great set and great performance…much better than the Rolling Stones the next night! Thanks for reading! 🙂

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