Arctic Monkeys announce 2022 European tour dates 2 weeks ago

Arctic Monkeys announce 2022 European tour dates

It's the band's first tour since 2019.

Arctic Monkeys have announced their first shows of 2022, as rumours swirl of a new album from the band next year.

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The Sheffield band, fronted by Alex Turner, have not performed live since 2019 but have announced a handful of dates for summer 2022 in Turkey, Bulgaria, Croatia and the Czech Republic.

The band will be performing in Istanbul (August 9 and 10), Burgas (August 12), Pula (August 16) and Prague (August 18). You can see the full schedule and official tour poster below. Tickets go on sale here at 9am on November 24.

The news of European dates next summer will only add to the expectation of a new album and subsequent tour in 2022.

Arctic Monkeys last studio album was 2018's well-received Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, but earlier this month drummer Matt Helder told BBC Radio 5 Live that their new album was "pretty much" ready.

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Asked by presenter Rick Edwards whether the new album was  was "ready to go", Helders replied: "Yeah, pretty much, yeah. It was a bit disjointed how we had to do it, and there are bits to finish off, but yeah, it’s all in the works."

He continued: "I think by the time we get everything together it’ll be next year. Hopefully we can get out and tour next summer."

Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino represented a bit of a change of sound for the band. Speaking about the sound of the new album, Helders said: "We tend to always move it on a little bit. For us, because we’re so involved in it, it always makes sense.

"[The albums] always kind of pick up where the other one left off in a way. It makes sense when you think about it in the context of the last record. But we always do try and do something a bit different – it’s kind of hard to describe. You can tell it’s the same band."