It’s amazing news today for Arctic Monkeys fans, as their long-anticipated 6th album has arrived ahead of their world tour, which includes Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Thursday 27th and 28th September 2018.
No doubt you’ll have been glued to the computer on the 12th and 13th of April, hitting refresh incessantly like the rest of us, trying to bag yourself some standing tickets – or settle for some seats. Well, we have your budget-friendly, city-centre accommodation sorted. We’ve got loads of choice from mixed or female-only dorms, to private rooms and VIP suites. Euro Hostel Newcastle is a mere 22-minute stumble from Metro Radio Arena. That’s 1.1miles that’ll feel like nothing with the thrill of the gig spurring you on.
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TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO: WHAT WE THINK SO FAR
The album’s title ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ suggested that we were in for a smoother ride than the previous records. In fact, Alex Turner turns to the piano this time round, so were we to expect less rock and more rhythm? The moustache and polo necks seemed to imply so. We were told that this is “definitely not a guitar-heavy record, not typically what we’d do.” [NME] But, Arctics are no stranger to subverting expectations and yet, never disappoint. It’s what gives fans a perfect recipe of excitement and nerves each time new music is on the horizon.
The band decided not to release any singles before the album reveal. Not Turner’s decision, he confessed in the latest issue of Mojo Magazine, but one that he thinks he understands. So, we assumed that the album would be a web of conjunctions and elements that only make sense when listened to as a whole.
From first glance, the track list was shrouded in the same intrigue and wry flirtation that fans have come to expect. And sure enough, this album is intriguing to its core. Turner asks you to “bear with me, man, I lost my train of thought” and you’d be wise to do so. These are lyrics that require time, dedication and quite possibly a strong drink in hand to come even close to fathoming.
The opening tracks ooze with piano, jazz, soul and vibraphone that would be at home in a smoky, cigar lounge. Stand-out-tracks ‘Four out of Five’ and ‘She Looks Like Fun’ arrive with chunky guitars and growly grit that we imagine will receive a strong reception from the gig and festival crowds. While ‘Batphone’ brings the shadowy, self-confident attitude we’ve come to know and love.
ARCTIC MONKEYS TO HEADLINE TRNSMT FESTIVAL
If you can’t wait til September, don't forget, the Arctic Monkeys will also be headlining the Trnsmt Festival in Glasgow on Sunday 1st July. Single Sunday tickets have sold out, but 2-day and 3-day tickets are still available (at time of writing). The great news is, Glasgow Green, where the festival is taking place, is less than a mile from Euro Hostel Glasgow and our rooms are cash-friendly enough to stay for the full weekend. So, what are you waiting for?!