Arctic Monkeys Drummer Says They've Improved Since Last Reading and Leeds Appearance
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.07.2014
They're better live...
Arctic Monkeys' drummer says that the band is more prepared for their headlining gig at Reading and Leeds Festivals than they were in 2009. Matt Helders spoke with NME following news that they'll headline the main stage at the UK festival this year, saying that they've matured as a live band.
Helders said, "We'e got better, now we're more ready to headline festivals. Before, it was more because of demand. Still, we held off from a lot of things pretty well in terms of doing stuff like arena tours. We did the second-to-last slot [in 2006], then the headline; it felt like we built up to it. But as a band and as performers, if I dare say that, I feel we've got better at it. I won't be anywhere near as nervous as I was. Excited, but not scared."
As to their heavy slate of live shows over the summer he said, "Everything changes, all of a sudden there's loads more people there working for you. I like it, it gets exciting. It feels like something big's happening."