Sheffield’s music legends thrill fans

Arctic Monkeys playing the Sheffield Arena
Arctic Monkeys playing the Sheffield Arena
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Fans have hailed Sheffield music legends Arctic Monkeys for a ‘spectacular’ and record-breaking homecoming gig.

The band made their return to the city this week in front of 13,600 fans – a revamped Motorpoint Arena’s biggest attendance.

Frontman Alex Turner had recovered from the bout of laryngitis which caused the High Green quartet to postpone the gig from the start of the month.

Turner, aged 27, told the crowd at the Attercliffe venue on Monday night: “We are yours Sheffield – sorry about the other week by the way.”

The band – Turner, bassist Nick O’Malley, guitarist Jamie Cook and drummer Matt Helders – thrilled fans with a number of their greatest hits and tracks from their latest album AM.

The 90-minute set included a string of hits including I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, Brianstorm, Fluorescent Adolescent, Crying Lightning and Teddy Picker.

Afterwards, Laura McClure, keyboardist for fellow Sheffield band Reverend and The Makers, tweeted, “Great Arctic Monkeys home gig.”

Fans also took to Twitter to praise the gig.

AMZ, from Doncaster, said: “Quite easily the best night of my life.”

Zoe Kayne, from Barnsley, said: “Still in a complete daze, got no voice either”

Katie Whelan, from Sheffield, said it was her ‘favourite night ever’.

Damrbump, also from Sheffield, tweeted: “There are no words that can justify what I saw.”

Monique Reid, from Sheffield, tweeted: “Wow. What. A. Night. Lots of full stops for emphasis.”

Russell Grayson, from High Green, tweeted: “We’re lucky to be in this Arctic Monkeys era. They’re the best band on the planet and they’re from up the road”

Fellow Sheffield fan Eve Hopkins called the gig ‘spectacular’.