Arctic Monkeys, Adelaide Entertainment Centre 10/5/2014
Six months after purchasing tickets, I finally got to witness The Arctic Monkeys in all their rock god glory and believe me when I say I’ve never seen a more pitch perfect live act. Alex Turner’s vocals induced heart palpitations and made every girl weak at the knees (including me) which is honestly no surprise at all.
I was dressed in a teeny tiny banana-covered crop top (monkeys eat bananas), skinny blue jeans and my go to black Converse - the perfect concert outfit. Waiting in line in the cold, windy, almost-Winter weather with half my belly exposed probably would’ve frozen me solid if it weren’t for my intense blood-rushing excitement.
When the doors finally shifted, the entire line let out a scream and rushed inside: prime front row real estate had to be secured on the ASAP. I, unfortunately, landed myself in the middle of the middle which dashed all hope of getting close enough to the stage to make out the band’s faces.
The support act POND, a quirky band from Perth, were a Tame Impala/Radiohead lovechild and they did a great job of warming up the crowd for what was to come.
Half hour of waiting between acts made the audience restless and as soon as the room filled with smoke and the lights dimmed the room filled with screams, claps, whistles, you name it. Instantly, I was pushed a few metres forward which landed me 4 rows from the front. Lights burst on and there they were: The Arctic Monkeys. I was already even further in love with them than ever before and they hadn’t even started playing yet.
They opened with ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ and the crowd went wild. I’ve never experienced anything like it. It was so exhilarating to be in the midst of a group so full of pure happiness - I loved it!
A few songs in, the suave, charismatic rock god Alex spoke into the microphone… ‘so do you guys like that Brianstorm thing?’ and that was it, everyone went crazy.
'I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor', 'Fluorescent Adolescent' and 'R U Mine?' received equal amounts of approval from the crowd in the form of absolute recklessness and it was perfect. So little room to move in but I made sure I was able to just let go and enjoy every second of it.
In one night I saw one of my favourite bands in the world, realised they were even better than I’d hoped and danced around enough to work off all the junk food I’ve ever eaten. I walked out with sore, stepped-on feet, raccoon eyes (thanks to copious amounts of mascara), broken vocal chords and an immediate post-concert depression. Undeniable proof that The Arctic Monkeys are absolutely amazing both live and in-studio.