September 7 2018
Words: Izzy Butler
For the second of their two nights at Manchester Arena, Arctic Monkeys drop the live debut of ‘Science Fiction’. The song, from the band’s most recent album, ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’, may not have been the band's highpoint, but in a set of 21 songs - made up largely between the new album and 2013's 'AM' - on the Sheffield quartet's first UK tour in nearly five years, no one was complaining.
Opener 'Four Out of Five' scores a possible five as its thudding bass sets fans in the mood for the night, as the newly shaven-headed frontman Alex Turner adds the swagger and poise in front of the big screen projections; looking the part, if not too hot on the audience banter side. Older familiar 'Brianstorm' gets fans moshing at the front, while the big 'Crying Lightning' finds its perfect home in the immense surroundings of the Arena.
To flashing lights and crowd exuberance, a three-song rick 'n' roll encore of 'Star Treatment', 'Arabella' and 'R U Mine?' conclude a night of high energy and performance, seeming to prove that after 16 years and six studio albums, Arctic Monkeys have still got plenty more to give.