Arctics dates at Don Valley

Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys at Sheffield Arena
Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys at Sheffield Arena
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SHEFFIELD’S sub-zero primates return this summer with a huge live show at Don Valley Bowl.

The Arctic Monkeys will play two shows at the greenfield site which has hosted events such as Music in the Sun and the After Dark bonfire celebration.

The show follows 2009’s release of album Humbug and a break in national live shows throughout 2010.

Support for the shows comes from Sheffield bands Mabel Love, Dead Sons, The Vaccines, quirky songstress Anna Calvi and Miles Kane, with whom Alex Turner worked as the Last Shadow Puppets.

“We’re really looking forward to playing Sheffield with our special guests. It’s great doing our own event and it’s going to be a wonderful couple of days in our hometown,” read a statement issued by the band.

The show also precedes a string of festival dates at festivals across Europe, including Oxygen in Ireland.

And it’s not just the stage where the band is focusing its action. They are, as we speak, in LA recording and mixing their fourth album with producer James Ford. Alex Turner, meanwhile, as well as working on the group’s forthcoming material, is getting ready for the release of his solo EP next month, which features songs from the singer songwriter’s soundtrack to the film Submarine.

Directed by Richard Ayoade, Submarine will be released on the Arctic’s label, though the label stresses it is completely separate from the new Monkeys album.