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Arctic Monkeys Plot North American Summer Tour

British rock band return from brief hiatus following 2013 album ‘AM,’ hint at new material

Musicians Alex Turner (L) and Nick O'Malley of Arctic Monkeys performs at the Twin Peaks Stage during day 1 of the 2014 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on August 8, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

Arctic Monkeys announced a North American summer tour.


Arctic Monkeys announced a North American summer tour. The brief trek launches May 5th with a date at Los Angeles’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery. After a series of European shows, the indie rockers will perform a headlining slot at Delaware’s Firefly Festival, followed by nine more concerts in the U.S. and Canada.

Tickets for the new North American shows go on sale Friday, March 16th at 10 a.m. Additional information is available at the band’s website.

The quartet last performed in November 2014 during the promotional jaunt behind their fifth and most recent LP, the previous year’s AM. The band went on hiatus following the tour, and singer-songwriter Alex Turner released his second LP with the Last Shadow Puppets, Everything You’ve Come to Expect, in 2016.

“The other guys just had babies,” Turner told Rolling Stone that year of Arctic Monkeys’ break. “We’ll get back to it at some point.”

Buzz surrounding a new album has been building since last April, when drummer Matt Helders posted an in-studio Instagram photo of his drum kit surrounded by microphones.

In September, bassist Nick O’Malley confirmed to motorcycle publication For the Ride that the group had begun recording in a “secret location.” He also teased a potential 2018 release date, noting, “If it isn’t [out within the year], we’ve got problems.”

Arctic Monkeys Tour Dates

May 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
June 14-17 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival
June 16 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
June 18 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
June 19 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca Cola Roxy Theatre
July 24 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
July 27 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
July 28 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
July 31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events center
August 1 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
August 5 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

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