Arctic Monkeys special to air on BBC tonight

An Arctic Monkeys special will air tonight on BBC2 (June 8) .

The Sheffield indie band are the latest big-name act to be the subject of an ‘At The BBC’ special, following in the footsteps of U2, Harry Styles, Sam Smith and Adele, amongst others.

Posting on their official Twitter page, Arctic Monkeys wrote: “Tune in to @BBCR1 tonight at 7pm BST for our ‘Live At The BBC Special’. It will be televised tomorrow, 8 June at 11:05pm BST on @BBCTwo.”

It comes after a petition from fans for the group to be given a BBC special earlier this year.

Following the announcement of the release of recent album Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino, a fan started a Change.org petition, which read: “With the release of Arctic Monkeys’ sixth album approaching, it’s time for the BBC to celebrate one of the finest British bands of the 21st century at their peak in a one-hour television special.”

It added that the format of At The BBC specials would “be the perfect opportunity to showcase Arctic Monkeys and the top quality British songwriting of Alex Turner to a national audience.”

The petition gained the support of Arctic Monkeys’ drummer Matt Helders’ father, who shared the link and a campaign poster on his Instagram page.

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