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Sunday 25 February 2018

Loaded: Arctic Monkeys are white hot

Arctic: White hot
Arctic: White hot
Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

If you missed Arctic Monkeys' triumphant set at last year's Electric Picnic, tickets go on sale this morning for a massive show in Marlay Park on Saturday, July 12. Alex Turner and chums will headline an all-day event alongside Jake Bugg, Miles Kane and Royal Blood.

The all-conquering Sheffield scamps are nominated for Best British Band and Best Album of the Year at the forthcoming Brit Awards on February 19. I strongly suspect they'll scoop both gongs, considering that they've been invited to open the ceremony.

Not that we advocate gambling or anything, but maybe the proceeds of an Arctics win at the bookies could cover the price of your ticket.

Q Hot on the heels of their magnificent double album Reflektor, Arcade Fire are also bound for Marlay Park. There are strong rumours doing the rounds that Kings of Leon also plan to perform at the start of the Wicklow Way next summer.

While Arcade Fire are without a doubt one of the most revered acts in the world right now, one reviewer from the Washington Post seemingly isn't too enamoured by their latest magnum opus.

"Look, I'm sure they're very nice people," they begin. "But on their fourth album, Reflektor, Arcade Fire still sound like gigantic dorks with boring sex lives."

QIf trendy indie pop from the Arctic Monkeys and their hipster ilk isn't your bag of sherbet, then rejoice. Michael Bolton has just announced a second show for the Olympia Theatre on May 27.

I wonder how many lucky ladies will receive a ticket to Bolton on Valentine's Day, as they're serenaded by a slurred version of How Am I Supposed to Live Without You. This announcement reminds me of when Day & Night columnist Ian O'Doherty met Bolton.

Sometimes, PRs brief a journalist on what they are not 'allowed' to ask. It is always best practice to ignore them.

Our hero was told in no uncertain terms before interviewing Bolton that the two topics to be kept off the agenda were: 1. His freshly shorn locks. 2. Any mention of the relationship with his new actress girlfriend.

Undeterred, after introductions and pleasantries were exchanged, Ian dropped the bomb, which to his credit, Bolton took very well: "So Michael, what does Nicollette [Sheridan] think about your new hair?"

Irish Independent

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