Review: Antarctic Monkeys, 02 Academy

There wasn't a ‘mardy bum’ in the house as crowds took to the dance floor for the Antarctic Monkeys' headline show at the O2 Academy, Birmingham.

Review: Antarctic Monkeys, 02 Academy

The official Arctic Monkeys tribute band, who regularly play the UK’s biggest tribute festival Glastonbudget, welcomed the sold out crowd with an outstanding rendition of ‘Do I Wanna Know’. The crowd burst into cheers when the second song ‘Brianstorm’ came on, followed by the top 5 hit ‘Florescent Adolescent’.

Not a band to do anything by halves, the Antarctics back drop is the mirror image of the real deal's Glastonbury setting, hand built by the lead singer Dean Reynolds. The Arctic Monkeys first used the distinctive back drop during their headline performance on the famous Pyramid stage at Glastonbury 2013.


 Dressed in a leather jacket and white shirt with slick black hair and a distinct northern swagger, the lead singer could easily be mistaken for Alex Turner himself. The rest of the band dressed fittingly for the occasion, with the guitarist donning the trademark skinny black tie and suit and the bassist rocked a smart-casual suit.

 The Antarctics capture the essence of seeing a major band in an intimate setting beautifully, something they do with decorum and humble integrity. They are more than just a tribute band – something that is evident from the dedicated fan base they have deservedly earned.
 Not one person left before the lights came on, with the crowd demanding an encore. The Antarctic Monkeys did not disappoint, with an explosive performance of the number one single, ‘I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, inciting several crowd surfs and a mini mosh pit to end the 90 minute performance.

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