Arctic Monkeys Reading: The set of the group banned from the BBC live broadcast will be available tonight


The band, which formed in Sheffield in 2002, were due to play on the festival’s main stage between 9.50pm and 11.20pm, with viewers at home now having to wait until tomorrow night to see the set.

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BBC Radio 1 shared on Twitter yesterday: “At the request of the artists, we will not be able to bring you the Arctic Monkeys set live tonight.

You can watch the band’s Reading set tonight on BBC One (Picture: Chris Etchells)

“But you can watch them tomorrow on BBC One, from 11.35pm.”

Fans were expecting the band to play new songs from their upcoming album, The Car, which is set to be released on October 21, 2022.

Last night’s crowd was treated to a slew of classics from the band, including Do I Wanna Know?, RU Mine and I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor, as well as one of The Car’s songs.

I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am, was performed for the first time live on Tuesday at a festival in Zurich, but it was the first time it was heard at home.

The band’s performance was a storm, with The Times calling it a “triumphant comeback” and NME saying they are “still the best band of their generation”.

If you want to see the band’s performance at the Reading Festival, you can tune in to BBC One at 11.35pm today (August 28) to see it live.


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