Are Arctic Monkeys Gearing Up To Announce Homecoming Dates In Sheffield?
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With a brand-new album slated for release later this year and yet only one UK show confirmed, it's about time Arctic Monkeys hopped back on their tour bus and gave us all what we've been waiting for.
While it's true that the band have already marked their return with the announcement of a series of world tour dates throughout 2018, only one gig is scheduled on home soil in the UK.
However, a council sign spotted in Sheffield has sparked rumours that Arctic Monkeys could well be gearing up for a four-date homecoming show in September.
The band reportedly turned down the invitation to play at their hometown's very own Tramlines Festival but now whispers are circulating that Sheffield may see the return of Arctic Monkeys in 2018 after all.
As reported by the Sheffield Star, a notice has appeared in the city, stating that SJM Concerts are planning an event at Hillsborough Park this September, providing live music and the sale of alcohol for up to four days.
The sign has set tongues wagging that the concert in question could well be Arctic Monkeys, with fans citing a lack of UK dates and the expected, upcoming album release as further evidence.
Some were even so convinced that they have gone to the trouble of pre-booking hotels in the area, just in case the rumours turn out to be true.
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
Arctic Monkeys gigs?! If so I may as well book my hotel now pic.twitter.com/xef0eSljNO
- Joe Horrocks (@iamtheworstone) February 19, 2018
Asked in an old interview with GQ magazine, about whether he still enjoys touring, frontman Alex Turner said: "Probably more, actually. It feels like we're in a good spot right now. Everyone's sort of enjoying it.
"I really enjoy playing in the States. In Europe it's the big arenas every night. Here it's more varied. In addition to big places, we can play smaller clubs in a town in the middle of nowhere."
Obviously, the band's small club days are long gone here in the UK, as a large-scale event in Hillsborough Park would suggest. Will this turn out to be a triumphant hometown return for Turner and co., or something entirely unrelated to South Yorkshire's indie heroes? Guess we'll have to wait and see.