Arctic Monkeys are gearing up to play a ‘string of massive homecoming shows’ in their native Sheffield this summer, according to reports.
The band have been busy recording their sixth album, which is expected to drop this year, but will also have a hectic summer playing a series of festivals across the world including just the one in the UK.
But now the rumour mill is rife after notices have been put up in Hillsborough Park stating SJM Concerts are planning an event in September, providing live music and the sale of alcohol on four dates.
— Nick Bax (@nickbax) February 18, 2018
Obviously this has people incredibly excited since the band have been on a sort of hiatus for some time now.
Some people have even booked cancellable hotel rooms just in case.
Can you imagine how good this will be if it’s true? *Crosses fingers until it’s confirmed.*
In pre preparation I have booked an cancel free hotel in Sheffield in September as the Arctic Monkeys are rumoured to play a massive gig there!
— JMT (@jedtang) February 19, 2018
— Boum (@AdamBoumnaia) February 19, 2018
Arctic Monkeys… 4 dates at Hillsborough Park in September… Keep your eyes peeled 👀
— Wilson! (@Ashley_Wilson96) February 19, 2018
Arctic Monkeys gigs?! If so I may as well book my hotel now pic.twitter.com/xef0eSljNO
— Joe Horrocks (@iamtheworstone) February 19, 2018
Arctic Monkeys at Hillsborough Park…. 👀
— Joe Gist (@JGist94) February 19, 2018
4 Arctic Monkeys homecoming dates at Hillsborough in September would be bloody brilliant. pic.twitter.com/9jlf7766gc
— Ollie (@ollie_neave) February 19, 2018
If arctic monkeys are playing Sheffield in September, would be rude no to take a trip down
— RossMcKay (@RossMcKay11) February 19, 2018
I hope the Arctic Monkeys Hillsborough Park rumours are true 👀😭
— Chel🧜🏼♀️ (@_chelscx) February 19, 2018
Last year, Arctic Monkeys bassist Nick O’Malley confirmed the news the band had started recording their eagerly-awaited new album.
Drummer Matt Helders had previously been reported to have told a fan that new material would be coming out later in 2017 – which never ended up happening.
O’Malley however said the album will come out in 2018.
Their fifth and latest studio album AM came out in 2013 to critical acclaim. It was nominated for the Mercury Prize and hailed the Best Album of 2013 by the NME.
Commercially it was one of the band’s most successful releases to date, topping the charts in several countries, but not quite outselling their debut Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, in the UK at least.
With AM, they broke a record becoming the first independent-label band to debut at number one in the UK with their first five albums.
Since then, frontman Alex Turner returned to write a second Last Shadow Puppets album, his side-project with musician Miles Kane.
In the meantime, if you fancy catching the Monkeys at a festival this summer, they will be at:
Primavera Sound Festival – Barcelona, Spain – June 2
Best Kept Secret – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands – June 8
Firefly Festival – Dover, United States – June 14 – 17
Southside Festival – Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany – 22 – 24 June
Hurricane Festival – Scheessel, Germany – 22 – 24
TRNSMT – Glasgow, Scotland – July 1
Open’er Festival – Gdynia, Poland – July 4
Rockwave Festival – Athens, Greece – July 6
Rock Werchter – Wercheter, Belgium – July 8
Nos Alive Festival – Lisbon, Portugal – July 12
Mad Cool Festival – Madrid, Spain – July 13
Oya Festival – Oslo, Norway – August 8
Way Out West Festival – Gothenburg, Sweden – August 9 – 11
Flow Festival – Helsinki, Finland – August 11
Sziget Festival – Budapest, Hungary – August 14