On Saturday I headed down to Dublin to see Arctic Monkeys for the first time and I can say it was one of the best concerts I've been too.
I'd better get the disappointment out of the way, but no photos! I have bad luck with phones when it comes to concerts, so I just bring a 10 year old samsung to every concert instead now. Though I'll include a video or two that my friend recorded.
And sorry for the quality! I'd be more descriptive but I have the memory of a spoon, so I can't remember bits of it. :(
On with the review!
The day didn't get off to a great start, I woke up later than I wanted so I only had a hour to get ready. The fact that I did should be enough to get a medal. The weather wasn't great on the way down to Dublin. There was constant rainfall, but that didn't discourage anyone on the bus. We spent the whole hour and a half singing every Arctic Monkey song that came on. From "Mardy Bum" all the way to "Snap Out Of It".
We managed to be among the first to the venue, which is amazing because the traffic was ridiculous. With such luck we quickly ran to the stage to get as close as possible, and we got pretty close. How close? See for yourself:
Sorry for the quality.
Arctic Monkeys weren't the only ones playing though! First up was some band I never heard of, and without checking I still can't remember who they were, so moving on!
Jake Bugg was next. Being less than a year older than me I couldn't believe he was up on that stage performing to tens of thousands of people! It was amazing. If you haven't checked him out you really should. He played all of the songs that made him popular, such as "Lightning Bolt", "Seen It All" and "Taste It". He was a great start to the day. That other band doesn't count...
Next up was Miles Kane, and wow, I didn't think he'd be that great! He should definitely be a lot bigger than he is right now. Sporting a trippy shirt he came on and blew me away.
Most of his playlist were crowd pleasers, like "Give Up", "Come Closer" and "Don't Forget Who You Are".
Now for Arctic Monkeys. They came on later than what they were supposed to but all was forgiven as they broke straight into "Do I Want To Know?". Never once have I heard the entire crowd singing along to a song. That was an achievement I'm sure Alex Turner and Co. can be proud of.
As this was part of their AM tour the setlist relied heavily on songs from the album, along with many of the fan favourites.
The only real disappointed was the lack of interaction with the crowd. For someone who could easily win an Elvis impersonation contest, Alex Turner was awfully shy. It comprised of the usual, asking us how we were doing and announcing the following songs. However, this is a small gripe, because the only thing that mattered was the music!
Highlights included "Fireside", "Library Pictures", "Arabella" and "Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor".
Alex Turner also came on by himself for an acoustic rendition of "A Certain Romance" before the rest of the band came on for the encore.
Hearing "Fireside" live was amazing. Being my favourite song off AM, I was looking forward to hearing it and it did not disappoint one bit!
- Do I Wanna Know?
- Snap Out Of It
- Don't Sit Down 'Cause I Moved Your Chair
- Dancing Shoes
- Crying Lightning
- Knee Socks
- My Propeller
- I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
- Library Pictures
- No.1 Party Anthem
- She's Thunderstorms
- Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
- Fluorescent Adolescent
- A Certain Romance
- One For The Road
- I Wanna Be Yours
- R U Mine?
While the concert was awesome, the true highlight was the trip of McDonalds at 2am. Hmmmmmm, 2am McDonalds is best McDonalds!