Live Review

Arctic Monkeys, Finsbury Park, London

23rd May 2014

Amid football chants, flares and pelted lager, the Sheffield quartet begin a two-night-stand in north London.

That's not to suggest it's entirely as-you-were. '505' creeps its way in to the set proper, recent single 'Arabella' gets itself a huge breakdown courtesy of Black Sabbath, 'Knee Socks' gains a dark and spooky makeover, and while 'No. 1 Party Anthem' sounded strangely like an ode to Primal Scream during last year's festival run, this time around it's a full-on 'Hey Jude' style hug-a-long.

So after the solo acoustic 'A Certain Romance' to open an inevitable encore, then the extended wig-out duo of 'One For The Road' and 'I Wanna Be Yours', it's back to the bombast of 'R U Mine?', the long walk out of the arena and – predictably enough - countless football chants. Half of the band's crowning glory thus far, it might be a set that leant heavily on their latest material, but when you're imere nches away from a full-on Elvis impersonation, it's possible that line about being from Rotherham could highlight more than a tinge of irony.

Tags: Arctic Monkeys, Reviews, Live Reviews

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