Arctic Monkeys – Motorpoint Arena
It's a Monday night at the Motorpoint and Sheffielders are raring to go – '0114' printed on their shirts and pints in their hands.
After months of anticipation (and a brief moment of heartbreak when Alex Turner postponed the original show due to laryngitis), it’s finally time for local lads Arctic Monkeys to take to the stage. A decidedly average performance from The Strypes does nothing to quieten the crowd as they prepare to greet the chart-topping indie giants on the night of their homecoming – and the atmosphere is unlike anything I’ve previously experienced.
Alex Turner, once notorious for being the original mardy bum, confidently steps up and plays the role of charismatic frontman – swivelling his hips and restyling his quiff as he delivers vintage indie classics 'Flourescent Adolescent' and 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor'.
But there are no such things as 'crowd-pleasers' here – the audience are going absolutely mental for every song, new and old, and have been fist-pumping and chanting for the Sheffield favourites since the doors opened.
And rightfully so.
Songs from the newly released 'AM' are just as slick as older tunes, with favourites 'Do I Wanna Know' and 'Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?' echoing aggressively and impeccably around Motorpoint Arena.
There are no lulls in the audience, no quiet moments or dips in enthusiasm – 'Teddy Picker', 'Fireside' and 'Crying Lightning' spill from the stage as a witty and intelligent lyrical assault.
The crowd are frenzied from start to finish, and from this performance, it’s easy to see why Arctic Monkeys are on top of their game.
Words: Amy Woodyatt
Pics: James Shaw