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Arctic Monkeys. Pic from www.rockbeast.com

Hot show from Arctic Monkeys

Emma Clay from Cornwall won a pair of tickets in a BBC Cornwall/Spotlight competition to see The Arctic Monkeys sell out concert in Plymouth. Read Emma's review and enjoy pictures from rockbeast.com


There were scenes of ecstatic frenzy at the Plymouth Pavilions on Tuesday 18 April 2006 as the Arctic Monkeys performed for a sold-out South West audience.

The Sheffield rockers arrived at the Pavilions as part of their UK tour, opening the set with their hot new release 'The View From The Afternoon'.

The Monkeys shot to fame late last year with their hit single 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor' which went straight in at number one, followed consecutively by another number one hit 'When The Sun Goes Down'.

Arctic Monkeys on stage
Arctic Monkeys Pic: www.rockbeast.com

Tickets for the concert sold out within an hour of going on sale and originally cost just £14. The Monkeys were in such demand though, that fans were willing to pay almost triple the cost on internet auctioneering sites, and touts hassled fans outside the Pavilions to get their hands on the hottest tickets around.

Queues began to form by eagerly awaiting fans from mid-afternoon, despite the doors not opening until 7pm. Those that dared to brave the grey skies and cold weather were in for a treat as they were hoping for front row positions, although these may not have been as good as first anticipated.

The fans kept their excitement under control while the two support bands the Reverend And The Makers and the Little Flames took to stage, but as soon as the Arctic Monkeys took centre stage the audience erupted into euphoria causing many of the front row spectators to get crushed and pushed by the fans from behind.

Safety officers from the Pavilions had to pluck exhilarated, overheated and over-excited fans out from the crowds.

Arctic Monkeys wowed the crowd
Arctic Monkeys Pic: www.rockbeast.com

Performing for just under an hour, I felt that the Arctic Monkeys could have played longer and made more of an effort to interact with the audience as other great bands do so gratuitously.

However this didn't seem to affect the mood of the adoring fans. A remark by lead singer Alex Turner: "I think they’ll like this one," referring to 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor', was enough to send the audience wild, screaming lyrics in each others faces and closing the song with a rapturous applause.

The audience continued to buzz with other tracks such as 'Dancing Shoes', 'Mardy Bum' and 'Scummy Man'. As the Monkeys left the stage the audience screamed for more to no avail and the audience were brought back to reality with a deflating bang.

The Arctic Monkeys truly are an inspiration to young, aspiring musicians of the United Kingdom. When they can produce such stunning performances as this, it is easy to see why they have rocketed to fame in so little time.

Well done lads, and we hope to see you back in the South-West soon!

last updated: 24/04/06
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