Sheffield legend's Arctic Monkeys were back on their home turf playing two shows at the FlyDSA Arena for their ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino‘ UK tour.

After a five-year hiatus, May this year saw Sheffield legends Arctic Monkeys release their fifth studio album Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino.

A string of festival dates took them across Europe and America, before the band announced a nine-date UK tour. 

With support from New-York’s The Lemon Twigs, Arctic Monkeys took to the stage for their second night at their hometown’s FlyDSA Arena. 

Firstly, it was interesting to note the crowd – it was a mixed bunch of ages, but it seemed as though most people were here for the band’s earlier music.

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This was evident from the audience’s reactions; mosh pits broke out when classics such as Brianstorm and I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor were played; a contrast to the minimal movement for Four Out Of Five and She Looks Like Fun. 

The mixed setlist also contained some of the strongest tracks from AM, including Knee Socks and, of course, Do I Wanna Know? The seductive essence of both tracks were amplified by the live performance, filling the arena with a vibe like no other. 

Not only is Knee Socks one of my favourite songs from AM, but the fact that the merchandise stalls were selling ‘Monkeys’ socks along with the typical band hoodies and t-shirts really made my night. (I may or may not now own a pair…)

Throughout the set, Turner’s vocal performance never faltered, adding to his effortless charm and charisma. Musically, the band was tight and the live sound made the likes of Do Me A Favour and Crying Lightning even more sharp and compelling.

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There wasn’t much audience interaction from Turner, other than introducing the band and an occasional quip between songs, but anything more would’ve been overkill. Arctic Monkeys are known for their mysterious, almost moody attitude, and this minimal interaction only added to their charm. 

A particular highlight of the night was the band’s rendition of 505. From start to finish, the crowd was hooked on this song, drinking it in, peaking when Turner belted out the lyrics ‘I crumble completely when you cry…’ 

The only real disappointment of the night (other than the support band) was the lack of Mardy Bum from the band’s setlist. It would have been an improvement if maybe one of the TBHaC tracks was swapped out for Mardy Bum instead – it felt as though something was missing. 

Overall, Arctic Monkeys put on an enticing live show with an effortless, but no-less charismatic performance. The band did well to mix their new songs in with the most-loved music from their previous eras – but could’ve thrown in a few more classics for good measure!