REVIEW: Arctic Monkeys storm Leeds Festival

It might not have been the safest thing to do but Alex Turner just couldn’t resist singing the praises of ‘wonderful Sheffield’ – in front of a capacity crowd in Leeds.

Tuesday, 26th August 2014, 11:47 am
Arctic Monkeys performing at Leeds Festival 2014. Photos Glenn Ashley
Arctic Monkeys performing at Leeds Festival 2014. Photos Glenn Ashley

“Oh Sheffield is wonderful, oh Sheffield is wonderful,” he sung over the intro to Old Yellow Bricks, which he dedicated to the band’s hometown.

It was a move by the Owls fan that drew boos from a certain football section of the crowd as the headliners closed this year’s Leeds Festival.

But it was one that was quickly forgiven by the biggest gathering of this year’s three-day event as lead singer Turner made it clear this was a celebration of their home county.

Arctic Monkeys performing at Leeds Festival 2014. Photos Glenn Ashley

Wearing a white Yorkshire rose on each lapel of his suit, adapted specially for the occasion, he shouted ‘Yorkshire!’ to a roar of approval, adding: “We’ll have a right laugh with you.”

SLIDESHOW: Press the play button to watch our exclusive slideshow of photos from the concert by Glenn Ashley

It was One For The Road as the world conquering heroes wrapped up the UK leg of their global tour in support of 2014 BRIT Award winning British Album Of The Year, AM.

The thudding drum beat of Do I Wanna Know brought them on stage and the crowd went wild. A red flare lit up the moshpit and the stage also burned brightly for Brianstorm, with snake-hipped Turner, guitarist Jamie Cook, drummer Matt Helders and bassist Nick O’Malley deservedly basking in the glory.

Arctic Monkeys performing at Leeds Festival 2014. Photos Glenn Ashley

Hit after hit followed, a mix of earlier tunes, including Dancing Shoes, When The Sun Goes Down, Mardy Bum and I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor.

But latest album lovers were well catered for with Arabella, Knee Socks, Snap Out Of It, Number One Party Anthem, Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?, One For The Road and finale, R U Mine?

Yes, Alex, Sheffield...Leeds... the rest of the world. We are all yours.

ARCTIC MONKEYS LEEDS FESTIVAL 2014 SET LIST

Arctic Monkeys performing at Leeds Festival 2014. Photos Glenn Ashley

Do I Wanna Know?

Brianstorm

Dancing Shoes

Arabella

Arctic Monkeys performing at Leeds Festival 2014. Photos Glenn Ashley

Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair

Teddy Picker

Crying Lightning

Knee Socks

My Propeller

I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

Arctic Monkeys performing at Leeds Festival 2014. Photos Glenn Ashley

Library Pictures

Old Yellow Bricks

Snap Out Of It

Number One Party Anthem

Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?

Fluorescent Adolescent

505

One For The Road

When The Sun Goes Down

Mardy Bum

R U Mine?

* For Leeds Festival 2015 tickets and more about the festival see www.leedsfestival.com.