Hometown summer concerts for Arctic Monkeys

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ARCTIC Monkeys fans will be keeping an eye on the long-range weather reports this summer as their heroes prepare to play two of their biggest hometown shows.

The record-breaking quartet have confirmed they will play back to back gigs at Sheffield’s Don Valley Bowl, in the heart of the city’s east end.

The Arctics, currently in the USA recording their fourth album, become the first band to do the double at the huge outdoor area in Carbrook.

The grassy site, between the Motorpoint Arena and Don Valley Stadium, will happen on June 10 and 11 and marks the Arctic’s first hometown show since selling out a debut at the Sheffield arena in November 2009.

They have previously headlined Leeds and Reading festivals and sold out two nights at Manchester’s massive Old Trafford cricket ground.

These will be the first major music events for a few years at the Bowl, which lies next to the English Institute of Sport and iceSheffield.

Don Valley Bowl was previously the scene for the lamented Music In The Sun festival and one-off pop events and is also the venue for the annual After Dark fireworks night.

The only other city band to have played a major outdoor show in Attercliffe were Def Leppard, who became the first rock act to fill the neighbouring Don Valley Stadium in June 1993.

Arctic Monkeys will perform on a specially-erected stage under a custom-designed tent with support acts including Miles Kane, singer Alex Turner’s band-mate in his side project The Last Shadow Puppets. Local acts Mabel Love and Dead Sons will open on alternate nights.

“We’re really looking forward to playing Sheffield with our special guests,” said a band statement today. “It’s great doing our own event and it’s going to be a wonderful couple of days in our hometown.” The show announcement comes as the band, who were originally from High Green, continue with recording the follow-up to their 2009-released Humbug album in Los Angeles, again with producer James Ford.

A tabloid story last week suggested Alex, Nick O’Malley, Matt Helders and Jamie Cook had rented a £30,000 a week £3m mansion in the Hollywood Hills. It also claimed they had turned down a six-figure sum offered by one of their new celebrity neighbours to play at a garden party in LA. Arctic Monkeys were not expected to have a new album out until latter this year, but progress has been swift and it is now likely to be out in the spring, ahead of the summer fixtures.

Meanwhile, frontman Alex Turner gives a taste of his solo efforts on March 14 with his first EP.

Domino, the band’s label, is releasing six of his songs made for the film Submarine, a big screen directorial debut from Richard Ayoade who directed the band’s live concert film from Manchester Apollo and who stars in Channel 4 sitcom The IT Crowd.

Submarine, based on the novel by Joe Dunthorne, will go nationwide on March 18 while the EP will be available on CD, vinyl 10inch and digital download.

Tickets for Don Valley go on sale at 9am on Friday, priced £32.50 each, through the Arena Ticket Shop on 0114 2565567 or online at www.arenaticketshop.co.uk.

Measures have been put in place by the band and their management to protect genuine fans from being exploited by ticket touts.

Tickets will be limited to four per household and the surname of the card holder, along with the last four digits of the card used to make the booking, will be printed on each ticket. These would then need to be presented to gain access to the show.