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Arctic Monkeys announce massive UK and Ireland stadium tour

Arctic Monkeys onstage, 2022
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Arctic Monkeys have unveiled plans to tour the UK and Ireland next year, and Alex Turner's group are going big, hitting up 13 stadium-sized venues in May/June.

With the Yorkshire quartet's seventh studio album, The Car, set to arrive on October 21, the tour announcement caps a remarkable comeback campaign for the group, who headlined Reading and Leeds festivals last month.

The tour is set to include two huge homecoming shows  for the Sheffield band at the city's Hillsborough Park in Sheffield on June 9 and 10., plus two nights at London's Emirates Stadium, home of Premiership-topping Arsenal, on June 16 and 17.

Suave Swedish garage-rockers The Hives and Liverpool alt. rockers The Mysterines will support at all shows.

The full list of gigs announced is as follows:

May 29: Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol
May 31:Building Society Arena, Coventry
 
Jun 02: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Jun 05: Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Jun 07: Carrow Road Stadium, Norwich
Jun 09: Hillsborough Park, Sheffield
Jun 10: Hillsborough Park, Sheffield
Jun 12: Swansea.com Stadium, Swansea
Jun 14: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Jun 16: Emirates Stadium, London
Jun 17: Emirates Stadium, London
Jun 20: Marlay Park, Dublin
Jun 25: Bellahouston Park, Glasgow

A fan presale begins at 9am on October 29, via SeeTickets. General sale tickets will be released on the following morning, October 30 at 9am.

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The band recently released the jazzy, downbeat There’d Better Be A Mirrorball as the first taste of The Car, the follow-up to the Sheffield quartet's 2018 album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.

Speaking of what fans can expect from the album, which was produced by James Ford, and recorded at Butley Priory in Suffolk, La Frette in Paris, and RAK Studios in London, Alex Turner told the Big Issue: "On this record, sci-fi is off the table. We are back to earth."

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.