In 2002 a group of teenagers formed The Arctic Monkeys in a suburb of Sheffield and played their first gig on 13 June 2003 at The Grapes in the city centre. Before releasing a single record the band had gathered quite a following and made a bit of a stir by offering their music for free across the Internet. The band had recorded some songs themselves and began giving away free CDs at gigs. In turn, the songs were shared across the Internet via free file sharing sites. In fact, they were one of the first bands to proactively use file sharing and social media to raise their profile, and in doing so had record companies clambering over each other to sign the band.
After releasing a debut single limited pressing of 500 CD’s & 1,000 7” singles on their own Bang Bang label, they decided to sign to the independent label, Domino Records, a small independent label run by Laurence Bell from his flat, who apparently only signed artists he liked!
In 2005 the Arctic Monkeys released their first single on Domino Records on 17 October 2005 and it went straight to No. 1 in the UK singles chart. “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” was a manic slice of energetic youth, lyrically amusing and showed The Arctic Monkeys were worth every column inch of hype they were currently receiving.
I still remember their first appearance on Later with Jools Holland as they performed “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and “When The Sun Goes Down”, probably the best two songs from their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.
Since then they have lost the acne, released five studio albums and become one of the biggest indie rock groups in the UK with no less than two main stage headline appearances at Glastonbury.
Following the release of this year’s fifth studio album, AM, the Arctic Monkeys are once again embarking on an arena tour. Buying Arctic Monkey tickets isn’t always the easiest thing to do these days as the band is as popular as ever. But there are currently a few tickets still available for the UK shows including a homecoming concert at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on Saturday 2nd November, before they fly off for sold out shows in Spain and Italy.
Arctic Monkeys 2013 UK Arena Tour Dates
Tuesday 22nd October
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Phones 4u Arena, Manchester
Earl’s Court, London
Earl’s Court, London
Echo Arena, Liverpool
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
LG Arena, Birmingham
Friday 1st November
SSE Hydro Arena Glasgow
Motorpoint Arena Sheffield