Arctic Monkeys take over Finsbury Park in London with their biggest gig yet (+ Royal Blood, Miles Kane and Tame Impala)

Illustration: Rosa and Carlotta Crepax
Words: Tancredi Crepax, Lorenzo De Pasquale, Rosa Crepax

Location: after the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Morrissey, Bob Dylan, Sex Pistols, Oasis, and The Stones Roses, Arctic Monkeys take over London's Finsbury Park.

Weather: first rainy, then sunny, then rainy, then sunny, then the night fell. The weather changes, instead of annoying, seemed to match the different songs.

Crowd: 45.000 people of all ages. Described by the Guardian as a bunch  of "lager-throwing, knuckle-dragging troglodytes" the audience was actually massive, hysterical but quite well-behaved (despite the jostle and the crush, but we expected that from our front barrier spots!) 

Atmosphere: the press announced this would be a career defining gig for the Arctic Monkeys, comparing it to the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park in 1969 and the Oasis at Knebworth in 1996, and, accordingly, it certainly felt celebratory, glorious and memorable.

Royal Blood: Lots of energy, lots of fun. It'll be interesting to see how they evolve with just drums and a bass. 7/10
Miles Kane: He got the crowd shouting, jumping and singing along in anthem style with an enthusiasm topped only with the Arctic Monkeys . The Last Shadow Puppets cameo with Alex Turner was the icing on the cake. 9/10

Tame Impala: They got their usual stuff done, and, despite Kevin Parker's sore throat, delivered a lot of fans' favourites. We kind of expected their performance to be a little more engaging. 7/10

Arctic Monkeys: They knew the moment was epic and it only added to their signature vocal and instrumental greatness. The crowd felt it too. We liked the choice of playing old classics like 505 (although we missed Miles Kane's guitar), Brianstorm and Dancing Shoes. The acoustic version of Cornerstone was a touch of class. R U Mine as the closing song gave everyone goosebumps. 9.5/10

The Set List:

'Do I Wanna Know?'
'Snap Out of It'
'Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair'
'Dancing Shoes'
'Library Pictures'
'Crying Lightning'
'I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor'
'She's Thunderstorms'
'No. 1 Party Anthem'
'Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?'
'Knee Socks'
'Fluorescent Adolescent'

'Standing Next To Me'
'One for the Road'
'I Wanna Be Yours'
'R U Mine?'

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