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Arctic Monkeys Play First Show Since 2019 in Istanbul: Video + Setlist

Though they didn't perform any new songs, "Potion Approaching" was dusted off for the first time in a decade

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Arctic Monkeys at NOS Alive 2018, photo by Lior Phillips
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    Arctic Monkeys performed their first concert since before the pandemic in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday, August 9th.

    During the first of two nights at Zorlu Center PSM, the band played a career-spanning, 21-song set. It included classics like “Do I Wanna Know?,” “Brainstorm,” and “R U Mine?,” along with other hits like “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?,” “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor,” and “Teddy Picker.” While Alex Turner and co. didn’t debut any new music, they did break out “Potion Approaching” for the first time in over a decade.

    For the next few weeks, Arctic Monkeys will play headlining shows in Europe ahead of headlining spots at festivals like Primavera Sound Los Angeles and Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas. In November, they’ll appear at Primavera Sound’s trio of South American festivals in Brasil, Chile, and Argentina before heading over to Australia for a run of dates; grab your tickets here.

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    Watch fan-shot videos from the concert and see the setlist below.

    Back in May, Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders teased the band’s upcoming album, saying it “kinda picks up where” 2018’s Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino left off. “There are riffs in there and [it’s] a bit more uptempo, even though it’s not loud,” he added. “It’s hard to explain!” The soundbite came after Helders told BBC in November 2021 that the LP was “pretty much” ready to go, aside from a few “bits to finish off.”

    Arctic Monkeys Setlist
    Do I Wanna Know?
    Brianstorm
    Snap Out of It
    Crying Lightning
    Teddy Picker
    Potion Approaching (First time live since 2011)
    Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
    Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino
    Arabella
    Fireside
    Pretty Visitors
    Library Pictures
    Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
    The View From the Afternoon
    Do Me a Favour
    One Point Perspective
    One for the Road
    505
    Cornerstone
    I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
    R U Mine?

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