Arctic Monkeys are Taking a Break from Music After Reading and Leeds Festival

Arctic Monkeys will be taking a break after their headline set at Reading and Leeds Festival, the band have confirmed. 

Speaking to NME Magazine, frontman Alex Turner said: “This festival has a special place in our hearts as it is the only one at which we’ve truly enjoyed the ‘360 experience’. As teenagers we attended a few times and fond memories were forged.

“We’ve seen a lot of festival crowds over the last 10 summers but this one is different, especially for us as it’s the one we were once a part of. Like when we were youths it’s a weekend we are once again very much looking forward to and seems like the perfect place to leave things for a while.”

Arctic Monkeys have been relentlessly promoting their latest album, the critically-acclaimed AM, since its release, embarking upon a worldwide tour and playing a number of festivals. While it’s unclear how long the band expect to take a break from music for, Turner has previously said that he is “in no hurry” to write new material.

In an interview back in June, Turner said: “I’ve written a few things, but I’m not in a hurry. We’re going to keep going [with touring] until the summer and beyond that a little bit, maybe. I don’t know. I wouldn’t think it’ll be too soon that we do the next one.”

Reading and Leeds Festival is set to take place this weekend (August 22nd – 24th) and will see Arctic Monkeys headlining alongside Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore and Blink-182.

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