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Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders announces plans to open a cafe in Sheffield


Sheffield royalty Matt Helders is returning to his hometown in order to open up a local cafe. 

The Arctic Moneys drummer, who now resides in Los Angeles with his family, is going into the food business alongside his friend James O’Hara on the venture they have named ‘Ambulo’. 

Taking to social media to confirm the venture, Helders said: “Arriving in 2019 All Day Café Sheffield. Different to what I usually post, but I’m getting in the restaurant biz, believe it or not. Happy to be doing it with my mate @jamesohara1 and his capable team. @weareambulo.”

In other Matt Helders related news, the drummer has also announced plans to release his very own solo album having seen yet another successful Monkeys record hit the number one spot. 

Earlier this month Helders hinted that he was preparing to release his own material, “I will do it. It’s like figuring out why as well. Like ‘why do I even want to do that? Why do I want to make a record? What’s it for? I just like the process of creating it,” he said at the time.

Now, however, it seems Helders has answered his own questions. Speaking to KEXP, the Sheffield drummer offered a little insight into his solo creating space: “I’ve got a little studio set up at home now that, when I’m there, I can commit some time to,” he said.

“That’s basically old drum machines and synthesisers – a bit more electronic and a bit more like soundtrack-y, like a John Carpenter kind of thing.”

He continued: “There isn’t really a goal for what it will be yet. I’m just trying to drop in the tools in case, whether it’s a score or a record or what. I’m just enjoying it as a hobby and, when that leads to something, I think that feels a bit better for me when it’s, like, just something I wanted to do and have interest in.”

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