Arctic Monkeys at Glastonbury Festival 2013 when they really became world stars

By 2013 the Arctic Monkeys were a household name in the UK and had already brought us hits such as When the Sun Goes Down, I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor and Fluorescent Adolescent.

But it wasn’t until their performance at the Glastonbury Festival that summer that they would truly cement their place among rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest and best bands.

Their Friday night headliner on the Pyramid Stage was warmly received by critics and fans alike, following a disappointing debut at the festival six years earlier. The Guardian called them “a more powerful and accomplished act”, said the Independent “Alex Turner and co. seized the opportunity and gave the kind of performance that justified their choice as headliners” – and people on Twitter have complained that Alex Turner has always- changed his accent.

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The band played a number of previously unreleased AM tracks, including Do I Wanna Know?, RU Mine? and Mad Sounds, as well as classics such as Brianstorm and Mardy Bum. Frontman Turner also led a rendition of happy birthday for his mother, to cheers from the crowd.

Turner had actually performed earlier in the day with his side project The Last Shadow Puppets, and fellow shadow puppet Miles Kane joined him on stage on the Arctic Monkeys’ final song of the night, 505 – a tradition which the group has since repeated.

Overall, it did quite well around the world and served as the setting for the hit album AM, which was released three months later, solidifying the band as one of the great names in modern rock. .

You can watch the performance in full on BBC Two and iPlayer at 11:20 p.m. on Saturday June 26. For more on what to expect this weekend, check out BBC TV’s full schedule for Glastonbury.

Jan G. Gilbert