Arctic Monkeys announces first festival shows for 2022

Arctic Monkeys have announced their first festival appearances for 2022 – check out the full schedule below.

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The Sheffield group, who last performed in April 2019, revealed last week (November 16) that they will embark on a series of European dates next August. Now it has been confirmed that Alex Turner et co. will also headline various festivals this month and through September.

On August 13, Arctic Monkeys will take the stage at the Summer Well Festival in Buftea, Romania, before performing at the Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary on August 15. Other concerts should follow at Zürich Openair in Switzerland (23 August), Paris’ Rock En Seine (25), Cala Mijas Festival in Malaga, Spain (1 September) and Kalorama in Lisbon, Portugal (2).

You can see the announcement message and the full list of shows below. Ticket information can be found here.

The dates for the 2022 Arctic Monkeys tour are as follows:

AOT 2022
9 – Istanbul, Turkey, Zorlu PSM
10 – Istanbul, Turkey, Zorlu PSM
12 – Bourgas, Bulgaria, Port of Bourgas
13 – Buftea, Romania, Summer Well Festival
15 – Budapest, Hungary, Sziget Festival
16 – Pula, Croatia, Arena Pula
18 – Prague, Czech Republic, VýstaviÅ¡tÄ› Praha
23 – Zürich, Switzerland, Zürich Openair
25 – Paris, France, Rock En Seine

01 – Malaga, Spain, Cala Mijas Festival
02 – Lisbon, Portugal, Kalorama

News of the Monkeys’ live comeback comes after drummer Matt Helders revealed that the band’s upcoming seventh album – the sequel to ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ – was “pretty much” done and is expected to arrive ahead of a tour. next summer. .

When asked in a recent interview if the new record was’ ready to go ‘, Helders replied,’ Yeah, pretty much, yeah. The way we were to do it was a bit rambling, and there are pieces to finish, but yeah, it’s all in the works.

He continued, “I think by the time we get everything in place it will be next year. Hopefully we can get out and shoot next summer.

As for the sound of the next LP, the drummer explained, “We always tend to move it around a bit. For us, because we’re so involved in it, it always makes sense.

Arctic Monkeys lives at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Credit: Jenn Five / NME.

“[The albums] always somehow pick up where the other left off in some way. It makes sense when you think about it in the context of the last record. But we always try to do something a little different – it’s a little hard to describe. You can tell it’s the same group.

In January, AM’s manager revealed that the band had “been working on the music” and initially planned to record last summer. Helders then confirmed that they were in the “early stages” of the album while trying to overcome the hurdles caused by the pandemic.

Then, in August, it emerged that the band had recorded new tracks in Suffolk.

Fans will now expect an announcement for shows in the UK as well as potential festival slots on these shores. Ask by NME if the band would headlining Reading & Leeds next year, festival director Melvin Benn replied: “The Arctic Monkeys are a law in themselves and when they decide to play live afterwards, that exceeds, if I’m honest.

The addition of today’s new dates keeps AM in the race for R&L 2022, which is slated to take place throughout the August bank holiday weekend (26-28). It was confirmed last week that lineup news for the double event would arrive “in early December”.

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