Arctic Monkeys To Headline Open`er Festival

  • 14 Dec 2012

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Arctic Monkeys To Headline Open`er Festival



One of the most important rock bands of the last decade, the authors of the classic album "Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not",  will play next year’s Open’er. The band is currently working on a new album, which we hope to hear at the festival.






Arctic Monkeys, a band who became a major festival headliner in just two years since their debut, and its members, despite their young age, are greatly respected by the rock'n'roll milieu. - Yet, in the history of music, there are many examples of bands that didn't withstand the sudden fame, pressure and big money, even more so being under 20, just as Arctic Monkeys were at the release of "Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not”. Arctic Monkeys don't belong there.


The madness of "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” was followed by an excellent debut album (still #1 as best-selling debut in the UK) and dozens of sold out concerts. Yet, they still acted as if the best was still ahead of them, as if they were unaware of their own success.


They made no wrong moves: remained in their mother label - Domino, didn't lag behind with the follow-up album, which was as good as their début. While "Favourite Worst Nightmare" is rooted in British rock, including its newer tradition - Open'er co-headliners Blur, "Humbug” (2009) is a bridge between the UK and the US. - It was recorded, among others, in QOTSA's Joshua Homme's studio in California. Homme became the band's friend and album co-producer. Even before the release of "Humbug", Arctic Monkeys tested their new songs at summer festivals, including Open’er, where they played their only concert in Poland to date.


The powerful album features the ballad "Cornerstone", reviving the spirit of the 1960s,  even more visible in the band's image and music with 2011's "Suck It And See”. Listening to this record is like a walk on Venice Beach in a stylish sunglasses in the summer of 1967. This year, they headlined Coachella festival along The Black Keys, and together, they embarked on a long tour of the USA. They didn't spend the festival summer in Europe, and they only appeared there at the Olympics opening ceremony. They performed "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and "Come Together" by The Beatles. It might not be an accident, but to us, Arctic Monkeys follow the same path as the Fab Four, taking account of the times and guarding all proportions.


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