The Wellington Town Hall played venue for my first gig of the year, the highly anticipated performance of The Arctic Monkeys. Two albums in, following the initial explosion of interest on MySpace, these boys are riding the crest of one very big wave. This show, a sideshow before their Big Day Out billing, was to be supported by Collapsing Cities and DJ Zane Low, however on entering the venue a sign greeted us stating, Due to unforeseen circumstances in Fiji, DJ Zane Low is unable to be performing this evening, the Nadi deluge having caused travel issues.
Collapsing Cities hit the stage soon after doors opened and presented a varied and promising set. With hints of a less well dressed Interpol, Collapsing Cities won over the punters and delivered a satisfying support slot.
Quick work from the roadies saw Arctic Monkeys on stage soon after 9pm. The audience was amped, but void of the real munters who can spoil a show like this for many. Everyone was in good spirits and enjoyed a great set by the band who rattled through an array of tracks from their two albums, judiciously peppering them with new tunes which all sounded like they would carry the band to a promising third album. Great stomping tracks like This house is a circus and Bet You look good on the dancefloor were positioned beside sing-a-long tracks like Fluorescent Adolescent. A solid set was followed by a two track encore which included a cover of Nick Cave’s Right Red Hand and ended with Do Me a Favour, with a great grinding finale. A top night.