Last days of an epic summer? Check. Standing in a field, arms around the shoulders of your best mates? Check. The most influential indie band of this generation currently performing, live, right before your eyes? Check!
There was only one crescendo on this festival could possibly end, and it’s with the Arctic Monkeys.
So much has been written about this band over their almost two-decade-long reign, that there is not much more that can be said. ‘R U Mine?’ was stunningly dark and sultry; ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ was silky and introspective, and, of course, ‘I Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ was rowdy and brought complete and utter carnage to the mosh pits. Throbbing lights cast shafts of colour high into the inky black night air, as the enthralled crowd swelled and retreated like waves on the ocean at the band’s every command. Nobody wanted this epic grand finale to end, clinging to the barriers and to each other as the screens flashed and the music absorbed them for one last dance, one last shout-along, one last celebration of the summer, and what it means to be young and in love with music in all its glory.
There is no other way to end such a stellar weekend of the best rock, pop, dance, rap, and alternative music the world has to offer. Leeds 2022, you’ve been a blast!