Arctic Monkeys rumoured for Glastonbury 2023

The band has already headlined Glastonbury Festival twice before, could 2023 be their third?

Arctic Monkeys have now entered the Rumour Mill as a potential act to play Glastonbury 2023.

Although whispers and wishes by fans have been abundant for the band returning to Worthy Farm – most recently in charge of stirring up the rumour, is a Twitter account that goes by the name ‘Has it Leaked? with Staffan‘.

The tweet, shown below, was put out late last night (Saturday, 3 July), and simply reads: “AM will do Glastonbury next year”.

Although the account is verified, boasts the blue badge by its handle, and indeed has a lot of followers – we cannot point to any major scoops on its page in regards to previous Glastonbury insights.

Arctic Monkeys have recently announced they will be headlining Australian shows for January 2023.

The band also announced a series of South American tour dates earlier this year, and confirmed they had been working on their seventh studio album.

Speaking to Mike Dolbear for this year’s DrumathonLIVE 2022 about the upcoming album, AM drummer Matt Helders said that the Monkeys’ next album will be in a similar vein to 2018’s ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’.

“It kinda like picks up where the other one [‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’] left off musically,” Helders said.

“I mean, it’s never gonna be like [2012 ‘AM’ single] ‘R U Mine?’ and all that stuff again, you know, the heavy riffs and stuff. “But there are riffs in there and [it’s] a bit more up-tempo, even though it’s not loud,” he added. “It’s hard to explain!”

You can watch the interview in the video below from around the 45-minute mark.


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Arctics Monkeys last headlined Glastonbury in 2013 when they played the Pyramid Stage on the Friday night of the Festival, as well as in 2007 when they played the same slot, stage and day.

Staying on the topic of the rumour; another group which have been recently rumoured to play at Worthy Farm next year are Spice Girls – which according to Mel C – are poised on reuniting and going on to play “the biggest stage in the world” in 2023.

You can now view a constantly updated list of acts confirmed and rumoured for Glastonbury 2023, here.

Meanwhile, Glastonbury 2022 was brought to a close on Sunday (26 June) by headliner Kendrick Lamar who closed the Pyramid Stage that night.

Lamar’s performance came after the Festival made history with both the youngest-ever headliner in Gen-Z, icon Billie Eilish, and the oldest-ever headline in Sir Paul McCartney, both playing a pandemic-delayed 50th birthday bash for the greatest music festival in the world – three years after the last instalment took place in 2019.

During his historic headline performance, Macca wowed the crowds with a show-stopping setlist which included surprise guest appearances from both Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl as well as American-born star Bruce Springsteen.

Other highlights included Diana Ross commanding a mammoth crowd at her Sunday teatime Legends Slot.

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The Motown soul singer treated the crowd to a selection of classics including ‘I’m Coming Out’, ‘Baby Love’, ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’, ‘Stop! In The Name Of Love’ and at the conclusion of ‘Chain Reaction’ pink confetti was launched from the Pyramid Stage.

Elsewhere, on the Saturday of the Festival, we found out Lily Allen was making her way to the Glastonbury site, thanks to an Instagram story she shared that afternoon, for what turned out to be a surprise secret guest appearance with Olivia Rodrigo on the Other Stage.

Other secret sets included performances from Jack White, who played The Park Stage on the Sunday, and George Ezra, who took to the John Peel Stage, earlier that day.

Fast forward to Monday (28 June) the rain started to descend – following defied ominous forecasts of thunderstorms and a yellow weather warning from the Met Office.

Campers started packing up their belongings and leaving the Festival site on a chilly morning. as the Glastonbury clean-up litter picking army was already deep-dug down into work on returning Worthy Farm to its natural clean and rubbish-free status in preparation for the next edition of the Festival.

The five-day event was watched by a record number of people on the BBC’s digital platforms – as streams on iPlayer more than doubled compared to 2019.

You can still catch over 90 sets and key tracks from the five filmed stages available to watch on BBC iPlayer – including Pyramid Stage performances in Ultra High Definition.

For a full (A-Z) list of sets, and individual track performances (as well as Glastonbury-related content prior to 2022), currently available on the iPlayer, click on the + buttons below.

Glastonbury 2023 will take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from Wednesday the 21st to Sunday the 25th of June.

The first wave of Glastonbury 2023 tickets traditionally go on sale in October, which is then usually followed by a resale of any unpaid or cancelled tickets sometime in the Spring (March/April).

In addition to the ticket sales, some other opportunities for getting to Glastonbury include entering competitions, working at the Festival and volunteering – once those options make themselves available.

To learn more about registration, the sale process and how you can maximise your chances of getting Glastonbury 2023 tickets, click here.

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