Most people refer to climate change as “global warming,” but you may have noticed a slight chill this week just as summer was kicking in. That was probably ripples of the news that Arctic Monkeys – one of the most popular indie rock bands in Britain – has announced an expanded World Tour that’ll include dates in North America, South America, and Europe. After hitting The Lawn at White River State Park and Milwaukee’s Summerfest this week, the band’s heading back across the Atlantic for ten shows in Europe during July which includes headlining Scotland’s T in the Park. They’ll return to North America July 30, with their first tour date in Iowa before hitting Chicago on August 1 for Lollapalooza, followed by seven more North American concerts including one night at Staples Center (August 7) and two at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre (August 11-12).
After spending some time in Asia and Europe, they’ll return for more North American shows in September and October, with stops in Canada (festivals August 30-31), Colorado (Red Rocks on September 4), and New Orleans (Voodoo Experience, October 31). The Arctic Monkeys world tour is scheduled to end with six shows in South America in November. Their ever-expanding tour schedule is a nice bookend to their explosive of popularity when they released their debut album back in 2006; don’t be surprised if they decide to fill in some of the holes in their current schedule with more concerts by the time it’s all said and done.