New Arctic Monkeys BBC special to be aired tonight

A brand new Arctic Monkeys special will be aired on the BBC tonight, Friday June 8th.

The band, who are set to play a monster show at London’s Royal Albert Hall this evening, are the subject of a new show Live At The BBC which follows artists such as Adele, Sam Smith, Harry Styles and U2 and other musical acts in popular culture. 

Posting on their official social media channels, Arctic Monkeys wrote: “Tune in to @BBCR1 tonight at 7pm BST for our ‘Live At The BBC Special’.

The news comes as thousands of fans set up a petition demanding the band be featured on the BBC: “With the release of Arctic Monkeys’ sixth album approaching, it’s time for the BBC to celebrate one of the finest British bands of the 21st century at their peak in a one-hour television special,” the petition read. “After recent BBC shows focusing on Sam Smith and U2, the format would be the perfect opportunity to showcase Arctic Monkeys and the top quality British songwriting of Alex Turner to a national audience.”

Well, it worked:

Elsewhere Lily Allen has been discussing how she and Alex Turner once considered forming a band together.

Reminiscing about times their paths have crossed in the music industry, Allen revealed that she and Turner discussed working together: “We were meant to do a band together once, called Rupert The Band, me and Alex Turner,” she told NME. “I haven’t seen him for a long time. He lives in LA now. Avoiding tax. Yeah,” she joked.

Asked about Arctic Monkeys new album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, a record that initially split opinion but now seems to be well received, Allen said: “I like that new record,” before adding: “It’s like cliché rock’n’roll, but I like it. You know what I mean? I knew it wasn’t going to be Sheffield rock again, but it’s like everything that I expected from a bunch of lads living in Hollywood, from Sheffield, to come up with and I like it for that.”

[MORE] – Lily Allen explains how she nearly formed a band with Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner

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