All about the current time!
It was all about the AM in the PM…
The Arctic Monkeys made it no secret that this gig would be ‘Their Party‘ and how it would be a perfect opportunity to play out ‘The new record‘ to the 45,000 strong crowd in attendance on both Friday & Saturday night. They weren’t joking either, as the set list included all, but 2 tracks (I Want It All & Mad Sounds) from latest Album AM.
The Dark clouds hung over Finsbury Park early on as young casuals clambered to seek refuge from the rain in nearby boozers eventually spilling out onto the surrounding roads. Those fans that were less affected by the climate chose to congregate with mates over “a couple of cans” in the surrounding venue grounds. Their efforts rewarded with ever increasing bursts of sunshine breaking through the late afternoon cloud.
Front-man Alex Turner was his usual cool and calm self – saying it best by not really saying much at all! The band opened with “Do I Wanna Know?” quickly followed by 2 more AM tracks, latest single “Snap Out Of It” & “Arabella“. The crowd were nicely warmed up and it seemed a genius stroke to wheel out ‘Brianstorm‘ next. The anticipating intro and build-up of such a track, had the Finsbury Park faithful well and truly rocking by now!
Of course, the belter that is “I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor“, sandwiched pretty much bang in the middle of the set, had the reaction you’d expect. I think the diehard fans that were hoping for “some more monkey classics‘ were appeased by appearances of tracks such as “505” and “Fluorescent Adolescent“. Although, I’m not sure they would’ve got away with this set list up north?
The Encore included a collaboration, due to the fact ex band mate and good friend of the bad, Miles Kane, was on the line-up and waiting on the wings for ‘that‘ call. They teamed up for the fabulous “Standing Next To Me” from The Last Shadow Puppets days together and it proved to be one of the many highlights of the night. Alex & Miles on stage together create something very special!
“One For The Road“, and “I Wanna Be Yours” followed, before the band brought a close to proceedings, with the rip-roaring previous single “R U Mine?” Evidently, the perfect finisher to wake everybody up and send them on their way off into the North London night in what was an earlier than usual finish (22:30).
You could tell, this was a show that Arctic Monkeys fully directed. It had their stamp all over it, from the name of the main bar (The Parrots Beak) to the iconic North London location and energetic, guitar based, Rock n Roll line-up. It was all about where they are currently in their career, not where they have came from. While some may have been disappointed at this approach, most seemed to be 100% in!