Sheffield Council issues statement amid rumours of huge Arctic Monkeys gig in city
Sheffield Council quashed rumours that local legends Arctic Monkeys were planning an upcoming show in one of the city’s most popular parks.
An event created by Manchester Events on Facebook claimed the band was returning for a homecoming gig at Hillsborough Park on June 3 next year.
The event was shared 465 times and 760 people clicked to say they were going and a further 14,000 said they were interested.
But when asked to confirm the situation, a spokesperson for the council checked with its events and licensing team who said they had not received any requests for a licence application for a music event in Hillsborough Park next year, other than Tramlines festival.
Rumours the band was planning shows at the park have circulated for years but have yet to come to fruition.
In 2018 it was confirmed by the council that an application made by promoters SJM Concerts to put on concerts there, reported to be for the Arctic Monkeys, was submitted but later withdrawn. This was same year the band was said to have turned down the opportunity to headline Tramlines and played gigs at Sheffield Arena.
Rumours then claimed Alex Turner and bandmates would be playing a string of shows in the park this year, a story tentatively covered by publications including NME. These were sparked by posters in the park stating SJM Concerts made an application to the council to host three shows there in June.
The notices said the events would feature live music as well as a bar but did not confirm which acts would be performing however, a Facebook event claimed it would be the Arctic Monkeys.