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With rave reviews appearing in Q magazine and the Sunday Telegraph the lads have also had praise and approval from the parents of the real Arctic Monkeys.

Here's what others have had to say about the Antarctic Monkeys:

Antarctic Monkeys – Live at the O2 Academy, Sheffield

Describing themselves as “The Official Tribute Band to the Arctic Monkeys”, the ‘Antarctic Monkeys’ rocked the O2 Academy in Sheffield on Saturday 15th November in front of a passionate crowd.

The ‘Antarctic Monkeys’ formed in 2006 after the release of Arctic Monkeys’ debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ that same year. Since then, they have grown in to the world’s biggest AM tribute act and perform shows across the UK and worldwide, bringing the huge anthems of the band to intimate venues.

After a show in Liverpool the previous night they now headed to Sheffield, the hometown of AM, hoping to impress the highly expectant Steel City crowd.

The room was packed full of AM fans who were intrigued and excited to see what the Antarctic’s would have to offer. The excitement began to build as the lights of the ‘AM’ backdrop lit up, mimicking that first used by the real band at Glastonbury Festival 2013. The same introduction music also used by AM at that festival then began to play as the room plunged into darkness.

Just as AM always do when playing live, the Antarctic Monkeys kicked off with ‘Do I Wanna Know?’, the hit single from their latest album ‘AM’. The crowd was then sent absolutely insane as the small room of the academy was turned into one giant moshpit to the sound of ‘Brianstorm’.

And the crowd did not stop moving for the rest of the night.

The Antarctic Monkeys did an absolutely superb job of recreating the performance of the real thing. The music was performed perfectly and if you closed your eyes then it was have been difficult to tell the difference between the Arctic’s and Antarctic’s!

Just as brilliantly, all four members of the band copied the band’s mannerisms - particularly the frontman who had the slick black hair and cocky attitude of Alex Turner himself! It was a great combination of the atmosphere of an AM gig from their early days in intimate venues and the live performance and music of the band more recently!

The audience were buzzing as the band powered through hit song after hit song. “Fluorescent Adolescent”, “Teddy Picker”, “Crying Lightning”, “Dancing Shoes” and “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High” were just a few songs performed in a hit-packed setlist.

There was also a number of songs that are rarely, if ever, played live by the real band these days and that was a real treat for the AM fans. The likes of ”Still Take You Home’, ‘Fake Tales of San Francisco’ and ‘This House Is A Circus’ were all played by the Antarctic’s. And in a real throwback to the early days of AM, they even performed ‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’ – the third single AM ever released back in 2006 and a song that never appeared on any of their five studio albums.

The mesmerized steel city crowd never stopped singing and as the first chords of ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ were strummed on the guitar, the frontman didn’t even attempt to sing over the audience as everyone in the room belted out the lyrics to this classic track.

‘Arabella’ and ”Snap Out Of It’ from ‘AM’ was then followed by a beautiful rendition of ’505′, for which the frontman took to the keyboard. The four-piece then thanked the crowd and left the stage.

However, with a number of hit songs still not played, the Sheffield audience knew that this was only temporary and the Antarctic’s quickly returned to the stage, receiving a rapturous reception as they did so.

‘Mardy Bum’ started the encore, before ‘Turner’ shouted “Are you mine, Sheffield?”, copying the introduction of ‘R U Mine’ used by the man himself. ‘A Certain Romance’ followed before the frontman screamed “Laaaadies” before bursting into the final song of the night, ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, which sent the audience crazy one last time.

A truly superb performance from the Antarctic Monkeys proved why they are the number one AM tribute band. In some ways, it was better than seeing the real thing due to the intimacy of the venue as opposed to the massive arenas played by AM these days. Before leaving, the Antarctic’s said “See you next year hopefully!” And judging by the atmosphere at this gig, I doubt there are many in attendance tonight that won’t be back next time!

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1 Set List

Typical Set - First 16 songs...
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Four out of five
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The view from the afternoon
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Teddy picker
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Crying lightning
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Dancing shoes
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Still take you home
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Fake tales of San Francisco
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Don't sit down 'cause I've moved your chair
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Why'd you only call me when you're high
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Leave before the lights come on
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Old yellow bricks
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From the ritz to the rubble
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Do I wanna know
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Snap out of it


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"A triumph of opportunism, a joke that one year on has become a phenomenon, their popularity has opened the floodgates for similar indie tributes, from Johnny Borrell clones, The Fillers, to Razorlike and the Kaiser Killers".

(Q Magazine)

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MY indie night began with a tribute to Britpop rockers Oasis. The lead singer of Oasis Forever had the swagger, the Red Stripe can, the star shaped tambourine, some slightly too skinny skinny jeans and the deep whiny vocals that resembled Liam Gallagher's.

One reveller and hard core Oasis fan told me that he thought they were 'pretty good'. For me, not a hard core Oasis fan, in fact quite the opposite, I'd say they were a 7 out of 10 average Oasis tribute band.

A good start to my evening of tribute music and the young crowd, who's energy was contagious, were lovin' it! The Liam Gallagher wannabe ended his set with the stereotypical quote: 'this goes out to everyone one of ya, live forever'.

Then it was time for the UK's official Arctic Monkeys tribute band, The Antarctic Monkeys.

They formed in 2006 after a jamming session and the realisation that the Arctic Monkeys were going to be an arena playing band and they no longer would be performing in smaller venues.

The lead singer had the look, young grizzly vocal tones and he even had the frenzied waive of the guitar technique that is associated with Alex Turner. The whole band played well together and looked to be having fun while performing many of the original band's hits.

Gig-goers maniacally threw themselves around The Queen's Hall dance floor and formed mosh pits whenever they could.

The bouncers had to control the rowdy crowd to some extent but let everyone get in to the spirit of things without many getting too crushed, kind of what you expect at such a venue.

And you could tell that the band were enjoying evoking such thrilling emotions from a group of hundred plus punters.

In my opinion tribute bands are there to fill in the gaps that big bands leave when they are off re-inventing themselves or working on the next album. Rarely is there a tribute band that can rival the original however this copycat band mimics Turner, Cook, O'Malley and Helders style perfectly.

Before the gig started I spoke with Richard, the Queen Hall's manager, and he told me that: 'I'm not really into this kind of music but I've been told that these guys are as good if not better than the real Arctic Monkeys.'

A rather bold statement some would say, but after experiencing the Antarctic way I can easily see why he would be so bold and perhaps even agree that they are just as good.

I was lucky enough to catch the Arctic Monkeys back in 2007 at Glastonbury. They were immense. To be part of a mass of thousands of people, all singing and dancing along to one of Britains best loved bands was an incredible and unforgettable experience.

The Arctic Monkeys' tales of working class life , social misdemeanours and relatable lyrics allow the raw emotions that each song produce to be felt exactly in the same way whether it comes from a tribute or themselves.

The Arctic Monkeys' fourth album, Suck It And See, entered the chart at number one a few weeks ago so I think the Wolverhampton foursome will have some work to do before they appear at the Trib Festival at the end of August.

I urge you to check these guys out, especially if you are a hard core fan and can't get to see one of your favourite bands perform anytime soon.

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