THE RYDGES POST
After playing arena shows in Auckland and Wellington NZ, the Arctic Monkeys tour of Australia kicks off in Sydney on May 6 before heading to Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
Dates and venues are:
- Sydney – Qantas Credit Union Arena (the old Entertainment Centre) – May 6
- Brisbane - Brisbane Entertainment Centre - May 7
- Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena – May 9
- Adelaide – Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre – May 10
- Perth – Perth Arena – May 13
If people ask how you would describe the style/genre of Arctic Monkeys’ music, an easy answer would be to ask back, how would you describe the music of The Beatles? People have tried to pigeon-hole the Monkeys – ‘indie-rock’ is a favourite umbrella, but what denotes ‘independent rock’? Another genre given to the band is ‘post-punk’, which doesn’t say much either. Nor do the tags ‘garage rock’ or ‘psychedelic rock’ or ‘hip-hop rock’… best just go with the flow if you like the sound. If you feel the need to capture the essence, why not quote lead vocalist Alex Turner commenting on the fifth album, AM… “like a Dr Dre beat, but we've given it an Ike Turner bowl-cut and sent it galloping across the desert on a Stratocaster.” He also said that the album was influenced by Outkast, Aaliyah and Black Sabbath with John Lennon influencing him lyrically. Which means it sounds like The Arctic Monkeys!
The Arctic Monkeys have been around for more than a decade but it is only recently that mainstream audiences have begun to see how brilliant they are as musicians. They originally started playing live and gave away CD recordings at the live shows – the audience shared the songs and the fan base grew. Fans spread the word online, and the fan base grew. Their first two singles went to Number One in the UK immediately (I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor in October 2005 and When the Sun Goes Down, three months later). And the fan base grew some more… they recorded more material, they had critical and chart success and started winning awards… and here they are, travelling the world, paying to packed house in big venues…
Some of the shows have already sold out and tickets to the others have hit hens’ teeth status. If you are travelling from out of town for the show, Rydges can look after all your accommodation in all cities – in Brisbane at Rydges South Bank, in Sydney, Rydges World Square and our new Rydges Sydney Central are a walk from the Ent Centre, for Melbourne, either Rydges Melbourne in the CBD or at Rydges on Swanston, there’s Rydges South Park in Adelaide and Rydges Perth.