Arctic Monkeys canceled a performance days before Glastonbury, prompting fears they will pull out of the festival.
The Sheffield quartet, led by Alex Turner, are in the middle of a world tour and were due to play at Marlay Park in Dublin on Tuesday (20 June) after three days at London’s Emirates Stadium.
However, a statement was released about the band official social media accounts It was announced on Monday (June 19) that the band had been forced to cancel the show due to Turner suffering from acute laryngitis.
“We are delighted to announce the cancellation of the Arctic Monkeys show at Dublin’s Marlay Park tomorrow,” it said.
“Alex is suffering from acute laryngitis and has been advised by his doctor to rest.”
The statement continued, “Alex and the band apologize for the major disappointment this will inevitably cause among all their Irish fans.”
Arctic Monkeys’ contribution assured concert-goers that “Ticketmaster will issue a full refund to the ticket purchaser’s account within the next six working days.”
The decision came after revelers attending the final Emirates show on Sunday (June 18) noted that Turner appeared to be struggling with some of his songs, including ‘Brianstorm’, ‘Cornerstone’ and ‘The View from the Afternoon”.
Glastonbury-goers have concerns this week that the band will cancel their Friday (23 June) headlining set.
“Absolutely disappointed, I really hope Alex gets better soon and all is well for Glastonbury,” wrote a potential Marlay Park concert-goer, adding: “Please come back to Dublin soon.”
@TheGlastoThingy wrote: “How long does it take you to recover from laryngitis? I’m asking for a headliner.”
The band’s Irish fans regretted the decision to cancel a sold-out show but wished the singer a speedy recovery.
It’s likely Turner is hoping to give his singing a break to ensure the Glastonbury gig can go ahead. The band’s performance is scheduled to take place from 10:15pm to 11:45pm on the Pyramid Stage and the performance will be broadcast live by the BBC.
It will be the Arctic Monkeys’ third headlining appearance at Glastonbury, having made their first appearance in 2007 and their second a decade ago in 2013.
The band released their debut album, Whatever people say I am, I’m notin 2006, with their latest album, The carreleased in 2022.
At recent shows, Arctic Monkeys have played some old favorites including debut album track Mardy Bum and Fluorescent Adolescent, which was featured on their 2007 follow-up Favorite worst nightmare.
Other albums include humbug (2009), Suck it and see (2011) and Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (2018).
Guns N’ Roses and Elton John are also headlining this year’s Glastonbury, which opens at Worthy Farm on Wednesday (21 June). See the full lineup here and a list of the 20 greatest Glastonbury gigs here.