Bristol venue which once hosted Arctic Monkeys to shut down
... hunt for the for the best small venue in Britain, in association with JD Roots. NME's annual search began in 2011. Fans can vote for any gig room or performance space with a capacity of 500 or under. Regional winners will be announced before an overall winner is revealed in June. To vote for your favourite small venue head to nme.com/smallvenues now. While you're there you can also watch full interviews with the likes of Kasabian, Peace, Palma Violets, Johnny Marr, Suede, Tribes and Django Django as they talk about the venues that made them. Bristol venue which once hosted Arctic Monkeys
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Super Bock Super Rock Festival Announces 2013 Lineup Including Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Tomahawk, and More
... hidden gem of music in Europe. It is lesser-known among UK audiences but it is in it's 19th year of delivering impressive lineups. Past headliners include The Strokes, Arcade Fire, Muse, New Order, Pixies and Metallica (no big deal). And this year is just as impressive as the previous. Arctic Monkeys
, The Killers and Queens of the Stone Age are all scheduled to perform. In addition to beautiful beaches and notable performances, the festival can also boast economical prices. A three-day festival pass and four-day camping pass is just £77 (not including booking fees). For us Americans, £77 is about $118. One single day pass is £41, or around $63. Lineup July 18 Arctic Monkeys
Azealia Banks Johnny Marr TOY Efterklang Owen Pallett Anarchicks Kalu Ben Klock B2b Marcel Dettmann Expander Freshkitos Kinetic July 19 The Killers Kaiser Chiefs Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Tomahawk Midnight Juggernauts Miguel Julien Bracht Ricardo Villalobos Henriq Cia Manuel Furia e os Naufragos Joao Maria & Miguel Neto July 20 Queens of the Stone Age Chk Chk Chk Ash We are Scientists Gary Clark Jr Carl Craig Josh Wink Digitalism DJ Set Asterisco Cardinal Bomba Caveira Rui Vargas & Andre Cascais Mary B Miss Lava Super Bock Super Rock Festival Announces 2013 Lineup Including Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys
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Playlist - Miles Kane's "festival bangers" inc Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Janelle Monae
... festivals this summer get this on the stereo in the campsite and set yourself up." Janelle Monae - Tightrope "Really impressed with her as a performer, someone I'd love to do a duet with in the future. Puts on a great live show, amazing energy. This is a cracking tune." The Black Keys - Lonely Boy "This song went everywhere when it came out, I'd imagine at festivals now everyone goes mental for it. One of many highlights in their set nowadays, great band." For more head to Mileskane.com, plus here's Miles Give Up Playlist - Miles Kane's "festival bangers" inc Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys
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Arctic Monkeys (2002-)
Alex Turner (vocals, guitar)
Jamie Cook (guitar)
Matt Helders (drums)
Andy Nicholson (bass) 2002-2006
Nick O'Malley (bass)
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They are from Sheffield, UK, in northern England. They built a following through online file sharing and distribution of their demo tapes. This led to record company interest, but the band resisted singing a contract. Finally, in 2005 they signed to the independent label Domino Records and released their first single, "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Alex Turner told The BBC about the founding of the group: "It was 2002, we all got guitars for Christmas and started playing in my garage that summer, rehearsed there and in a warehouse for a bit for about a year."
Their first album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not became the fastest selling debut album ever in the UK when it was released in 2006. About a month later, it was released in the US and opened at #24 on the album chart, one of the best debuts ever by a band on an independent record label. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
In September of 2006, Arctic Monkeys made the Guiness Book of World records. They were given the award for Fastest Selling UK Debut Album for Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. They beat out Definitely, Maybe by Oasis selling 363,735 copies in its first week and 113,000 on its first day.
Arctic Monkeys was the first band in the history of the awards to win ShockWaves NME Award for both categories, Best New Band and Best British Band at the same night in 2006.
All four members of the band were devoted fans of hip/hop when then were younger. For some members, like Alex Turner and Matt Heders, things changed when they heard certain bands. For Alex, it was The Strokes and The Libertines and for Matt, it was seeing Queens of the Stone Age at a local music festival.
In the early days of the band, they refused to sign a record contract with any label. Labels and scouts wanted the band to change their songs, but the band refused. The went so far as to refuse scouts guaranteed entry into their gigs. When they finally signed with Domino because of the "do it yourself" attitude of founder, Lawrence Bell, who ran the label from his own house.
Speaking about the origins of the band, vocalist Alex Turner said, "It was 2002, we all got guitars for Christmas and started playing in my garage that summer, rehearsed there and in a warehouse for a bit for about a year."
The band was criticized by the head of the National Health Service in Scotland because the cover of their first album depicted Chris McClure, a friend of the band, smoking a cigarette. The actual picture on the CD was of an ashtray, as well. The Scottish NHS saw this as "reinforcing the idea that smoking is OK."