Arctic Monkeys, Reading Festival 2022, review: An electric return from the world’s most reliable headliner
The Sheffield band made a brilliant comeback to the UK stage after four years away
treating fans to music from their upcoming album “The Car” as well as old favourites
As soon as Arctic Monkeys stepped onto Reading’s Main Stage East last night, tearing into the muscular groove of their calling card 2013 single “Do I Wanna Know”, we were in safe hands.
The moment marked the Sheffield band’s return to the UK stage after an almost exactly four-year absence, and over 90 minutes
Reading’s lairy, up-for-it crowd got an electric reminder of what it had been missing from a band who are absolute experts at headlining festivals.
Arctic Monkeys, after all, have been playing these gigs since they were 21-year-olds in Adidas tracksuit bottoms and windbreakers
gazing wide-eyed out onto the masses from Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage.
They were such a cultural phenomenon in the mid-2000s that they were booked to play music’s biggest slot just after the release of their second album Favourite Worst Nightmare.