Arctic Monkeys played a triumphant show at Old Trafford in Manchester last night, in spite of a power cut which threatened to derail the gig.
The sound cut out in the middle of “Balaclava”, but was restored after a ten-minute gap. The gig was the biggest of the Monkeys’ extraordinary career so far. They play Old Trafford again tonight.
The band’s hand-picked supporting bill also featured a rejuvenated Supergrass, The Coral, The Parrots (a Beatles tribute act from Japan) and Amy Winehouse, who played a storming cover of The Specials’ “Hey Little Rich Girl”.
The Monkeys’ setlist contained no such surprises – there was no room for the cover of “Diamonds Are Forever” which they unveiled during their Glastonbury headline set. It was, however, a display by a band growing more confident and powerful with every gig. For Uncut’s on-the-spot review, check out the report on our Festivals blog.
The Arctic Monkeys played:
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Still Take You Home
From The Ritz To The Rubble
Fake Tales Of San Francisco
Old Yellow Bricks
You Probably Couldn’t See Me Because Of The Lights But You Were Looking Straight At Me
This House Is A Circus
D Is For Danger
If You Were There Beware
Do Me A Favour
View From The Afternoon
When The Sun Goes Down
Leave Before The Lights Come On
A Certain Romance
Picture: Andrew Kendall