I was so preoccupied with alex calling those decorations ‘sparkle donuts’ that I only just now noticed the alligator from teddy picker! 10 years later… wow. I wonder if he brings it to the studio every time he records
Tickets were on sale through a few record stores in the city and post offices throughout the country. No overnight queuing allowed this time. I took the first train to Utrecht to increase my chances since it had the most ticket outlets, stumbled upon 50 people already lining up for one record store, the double for another. The biggest post office had a similar number of people lining up.
Since tickets were also available country-wide through post offices this time as said, with 1000 tickets available in total, I didn’t think twice and went straight to a money exchange office with ticket sales services, which wouldn’t open until 30 minutes before ticket sale, a place I hoped no one would think of. And I was right about that, the first in line, but within 5 minutes after I arrived the place filled up with people who had a similar plan B (or C or D). Lucky.
When the place finally opened, the lady behind the counter told us excitedly this was one of the favourite parts of her job: succeeding tickets highly in demand. Having had experiences through the years with local post office employees who for example slowly started up the computer while tickets got on sale and meanwhile packing some bags, or counter staff typing in “Beatsie Boys” instead of “Beastie Boys” and telling me no tickets for any event with that name were on sale that morning, from then on, I knew it was going to be fine.
I will never forget how this lady was thrashing her keyboard, *shortcut*-*shortcut*-“Arct”-*ENTER*, and again, and again. She started doing this a minute in advance, knowing often tickets went on sale seconds before 10am. According to the receipts, the transactions she managed to do were done between 10:00:00 and 10:00:05, with one last attempt succeeding at 10:00:07: sold out in 7 seconds. I believe she managed to get 15 tickets, an accordion of tickets filling up the printer. Obviously everyone wanted the maximum of 2 tickets per person, so the first 8 people were in luck. Not so quick… the 8th person with the sole ticket had a ticket to some random musical in The Hague called “Arctic Galaxies” or whatever, an error made in the heat of those 7 seconds. One person in line sacrificed his second ticket, and the happy, then gutted, then happy again person was able to go after all. Nawwww.
Needless to say I had 5 other people spread across the country on the case as well, but only half of them succeeded. Those who did were then allowed to go themselves ;).
The sound of above video isn’t half as heavenly as my recording from the previous gig in The Netherlands (linked here: https://strangedaysindeed9.tumblr.com/post/159858077985/arctic-monkeys-2007-favourite-worst-nightmare-showcase) because taking full recording equipment to an Arctic Monkeys gig in “mosh”-prime, after having done exactly that effort for the pre-FWN showcase gig, was a bit too much. The crowd was as crazy as always, especially with a setlist like this, a show starting in the dark with - an extended version! of - the orchestral intro to ‘If You Found This It’s Probably Too Late’ mysteriously playing as build-up, and the band going into a roaring version of that 1 minute song as opener, then straight into ‘Brianstorm’.
There’s so much to tell about this show but it wouldn’t do it justice. As you can see in the setlist below, the energy level was one big peak. I think the first breather came during ‘Teddy Picker’, hence me finally filming. A funny detail is that they had to place barriers and placed 2 security guys in front of it, unheard of at the time for venue gigs, but it was needed after the complete anarchy with stage divers the first AM gigs over here. Rock and roll might have died that night (joking).
One highlight was Alex Turner pausing during the first break in ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’, being overwhelmed with the crowd response on the then still new songs, and commenting “I think that was the loudest that anyone’s ever sang that!” (https://youtu.be/aJNbBzoCPJk?t=37s). Remember when he didn’t use to draaaaag this song in every breaaaaak?
They played 3 songs more than the previous show, dropped’ ‘What If You Were Right First Time’ and added ‘Balaclava’, ‘If You Found This It’s Probably Too Late’, ‘If You Were There, Beware’ and ‘Old Yellow Bricks’. I grinned at the major stage upgrade they did on this new tour leg: the special effects of 4 big light masts in the background, that’s it. Almost being used as stroboscopes during the most intense songs, a pretty smart and effective addition for venue gigs.
10 years ago today. This also means it’s 10 years since I had my final exams. Old.
The full setlist from that night:
If You Found This It’s Probably Too Late Brianstorm Still Take You Home Dancing Shoes From the Ritz to the Rubble Balaclava Fake Tales of San Francisco You Probably Couldn’t See for the Lights But You Were Staring Straight at Me Teddy Picker D Is for Dangerous I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor This House Is a Circus Old Yellow Bricks If You Were There, Beware The View from the Afternoon Fluorescent Adolescent Do Me a Favour When the Sun Goes Down Leave Before the Lights Come On A Certain Romance
let’s dance to joy division and celebrate the irony // listen
Diane Young - Vampire Weekend // West Coast - Coconut Records // Dreaming - Smallpools // You Only Live Once - The Strokes // Breaking Up My Bones - Vinyl Theatre // Young Folks - Peter, Bjorn and John // Time To Pretend - MGMT // Teddy Picker - Arctic Monkeys // Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs // Kids - MGMT // A-Punk - Vampire Weekend // Machu Picchu - The Strokes // Take A Walk - Passion Pit // Midnight City - M83 // Give Me To The Waves - General Ghost // Flashed Junk Mind - Milky Chance // Let’s Dance To Joy Division - The Wombats