Today we are taking a trip down memory lane to a moment when Arctic Monkeys first emerged and the nation quickly became hooked on their relatable commentary on living for the weekend in Sheffield—a theme which resonated with young people all over Britain. There hadn’t been this much attention on an act since Oasis in the ’90s and no band has come close to replicating their initial hype since.
The Alex Turner fronted outfit, originally formed all the way back in 2002, would wait until 2005 when they began to make a name for themselves. Initially forming a following on MySpace—which was an unprecedented territory at this time—it soon dawned on the music industry that the new era of bands using social media to enforce a DIY ethos was a tangible route to success.
The band would share their debut EP, Five Minutes with Arctic Monkeys, through their own independent label Bang Bang Recordings on May 30th, 2005, and the Sheffield group seemed to be on an unstoppable rise. The two-track release featured the universally adored tracks ‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’ and ‘From Ritz To Rubble’ which would go on to feature on their seminal debut Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not a year later.
Just a few weeks after releasing their debut EP, they would sign to Domino Records, a label who they are still with today and, fifteen years later, they are now the only act to score six successive number-one albums on an independent record label in British history.
More landmark moments would occur in the years that followed, their sets on the Carling Stage (now the Festival Republic Stage) at Reading & Leeds Festival saw crowds flock to a tiny tent that was unlike anything previously witnessed—a moment which made many sit up and take notice of this band.
Later in the year, Arctic Monkeys set foot on a mammoth debut world tour which began at Liverpool’s famed Cavern Club on October 2nd, tickets for the shows on the run of dates were originally sold by the band for just £7 but would quickly re-surface on eBay for over £100 a pair.
The UK leg also coincided with the band’s debut single on Domino being released which was the electric ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, a song that would shoot straight to number one in the singles charts.
They ripped through a storming 10-track set which like their debut album was bookended with ‘The View From The Afternoon’ and ‘A Certain Romance’. From the footage alone you could tell this was a special occasion, everybody in the room could feel that Arctic Monkeys were destined to go to the very top, which is where they still sit a decade and a half on.
Arctic Monkeys Setlist
‘The View From the Afternoon’
‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’
‘Fake Tales of San Francisco’
‘Still Take You Home’
‘From the Ritz to the Rubble’
‘Perhaps Vampires Is a Bit Strong But…’
‘When the Sun Goes Down’
‘A Certain Romance’