Arctic Monkeys have shared a live version of their song ‘Arabella’ which was recorded at their show at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2018.
The track is a snippet of what to expect from their upcoming live album, which is available on December 4th and captures that whole show at the Royal Albert Hall which took place around the release of Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino. Just like the gig itself, all proceeds from the release of the album will go in aid of War Child as the band explained in a series of tweets announcing the album.
“On June 7 2018 we played a special show at London’s Royal Albert Hall,” they wrote. “All proceeds from that night were donated to War Child in support of the vital work they do protecting, educating & rehabilitating children who have experienced the trauma of conflict and the horror of war.” It’s a great cause and once again shows the band’s softer side.
“The situation that was bad in 2018 is now desperate,” the statement continued, “and those children and their families need our help more than ever. To enable War Child to reduce their funding deficit and continue their valuable work, we are releasing a live album, recorded on that evening. All proceeds will go directly to the charity.”
War Child UK is a specialist charity for children affected by conflict. They aim to reach children as early as possible when conflict breaks out and stay to support them through their recovery – keeping them safe, helping them learn and cope with their experiences, and equipping them with skills for the future. They also offer counselling and psycho-social support to these vulnerable children through specialist helplines, and campaign for changes to policies and practices to support children in conflict, working with children and young people themselves to demand their rights.
Right now, the basic rights of children in war zones are hitting an all-time low – they need help now more than ever. Cramped conditions in refugee camps and displaced communities facilitate the spread of Covid-19, and the financial impacts on families with no safety net will mean millions could starve to death as the virus limits access to vital resources.
War Child UK are responding to the crisis by distributing hygiene kits, PPE and sanitation guidance to limit the spread of infection. They are also providing essential food packages to the hardest hit families, home education packs, lessons via WhatsApp and email as well as toys and books to children stuck in camps during lockdown so they can continue to learn and play.
For now, stream the song, below.
Arctic Monkeys – Live At The Royal Albert Hall
1. Four Out Of Five
3. Crying Lightning
4. Do I Wanna Know?
5. Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
7. One Point Perspective
8. Do Me A Favour
10. Knee Socks
12. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
13. She Looks Like Fun
14. From The Ritz To The Rubble
15. Pretty Visitors
16. Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
17. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
18. Star Treatment
19. The View From The Afternoon
20. R U Mine?