Favourite Worst Nightmare: Reading Festival (2007-2008)


The band’s second album, Favorite Worst Nightmare, was released on 23 April 2007, a week after the release of accompanying single “Brianstorm”. Turner described the songs as “very different from last time”, adding that the sound of some tracks are “a bit full-on – a bit like “From the Ritz to the Rubble”, “The View from the Afternoon”, that sort of thing.”A secret gig played at Sheffield’s Leadmill on 10 February 2007, debuted seven new songs (six from Favourite Worst Nightmare and one other).Early reviews of the release were positive, and described it as “very, very fast and very, very loud.”
Meanwhile, the band continued to pick up awards from around the world, namely the ‘Best New Artist in the United States’ at the PLUG Independent Music Awards, the “Album of the Year” awards in Japan, Ireland and the US, awards for “Best Album” and “Best Music DVD” at the 2007 NME Awards.They ended the year by clinching the “Best British Band” and “Best British Album” at the 2008 BRIT Awards. For the second year in a row, the band were nominated for the annual Mercury Prize, although they failed to match their feat of 2006 after the award went to Klaxons’ Myths of the Near Future.
On 29 April 2007, the day Favourite Worst Nightmare charted at #1 in the UK Albums Chart, all 12 tracks from the album charted in the Top 200 of the UK Singles Chart, “Brianstorm” at #14 just beaten by Russian Duo, t.A.T.u. with there extremely controversial song All the Things She Said which landed #13. The Monkey’s hit “If You Were There, Beware” at reached #189. On 27 April 2007 they had a total of 18 tracks in the Top 200. “Fluorescent Adolescent” and “505” charted in the Top 75, at #60 and #74 respectively.
The third single from Favourite Worst Nightmare, “Teddy Picker”, was released on 3 December 2007. It charted at #20 and remained only one week in the top 40 staying in this position, making it the lowest charting single for the band so far. Prior to this release the band released an extremely limited number of 250 vinyl under the pseudonym Death Ramps containing two of the b-sides from the “Teddy Picker” single.
Arctic Monkeys headlined the Glastonbury Festival on 22 June 2007, the highlights of which were aired on BBC2. During their headline act, the band performed with Dizzee Rascal and covered Shirley Bassey’s “Diamonds Are Forever”.The band also played a large gig at Dublin’s Malahide Castle on 16 June 2007, with a second date added the following day.The band was also slated to play the Austin City Limits Music Festival in September 2007. Other European festivals include Rock Werchter in 2007. The band played two shows at Cardiff International Arena on 19 June and 20 June 2007 supported by local friends of the band, Reverend and the Makers. They also played two London gigs at Alexandra Palace on the 8 and 9 December 2007.

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