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.
Arctic Monkeys setlist
Do I Wanna Know?
Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
Brick By Brick
Fake Tales of San Francisco
Old Yellow Bricks
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Do Me a Favour
R U Mine?
A Certain Romance
When the Sun Goes Down