Arctic Monkeys new album: Release date, tour and everything we know so far

With a summer of festival appearances announced, the Arctic Monkeys' sixth album looks imminent.

2018 marks five years since Arctic Monkeys released an album. The band's last record, AM, is one of their most successful, having sold just over one million in the UK.

In 2014 the quartet announced they would be taking a break, but that hasn't stopped anticipation building around their sixth collection, which now appears to be imminent, if the recent drip-feeding of information is anything to go by. Here's what we know so far. 

When will the new Arctic Monkeys album be released?

A 2018 release looks pretty certain. In an interview last September, bassist Nick O'Malley said the collection needs to be out this year and "if it isn't, we've got problems". Eek.

In May 2017, a series of pictures in a recording studio were posted by drummer Matt Helders, while photographer Daniele Cavalli posted images of Alex Turner sat at a piano plus the band members out and about in Los Angeles. 

Whether the band were recording in L.A is still unclear, though 2013's AM was recorded there along with the last Last Shadow Puppets album from 2016. There have also been reports of recording sessions in their hometown of Sheffield. 

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A release date for the album's lead single is still unclear, although given the band are back on tour in June, expect it sooner rather than later. 

Who is working on the new Arctic Monkeys album and what will it sound like?

Nothing has been made official yet, but several reports say the band are working with James Ford again - he produced AM, 2011's Suck It And See, a handful of 2009's Humbug and 2007's Favourite Worst Nightmare. 

It's also likely that Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age will be involved, given he's worked with them on every album since 2009's Humbug.

Frontman Alex Turner has also forged a songwriting partnership with US singer Alexandra Savior over the last couple of years (he co-wrote her debut album Belladonna of Sadness), so there's a chance she could feature on the album in some capacity. 

In terms of aesthetic, the band's official website was recently relaunched with a rather hypnotising new graphic (which tilts when viewed on a mobile). Make of that what you will. 

When are Arctic Monkeys on tour?

The band are back on the road this summer, kicking off with an appearance at Primavera in Spain on June 2. They're booked to play Scotland's TRNSMT festival on July 1, but other UK dates have yet to be announced. Check out the latest confirmed list below: 

June 2 - Primavera Sound, Spain
June 8 - Best Kept Secret, Netherlands
June 14-17 - Firefly Festival, Delaware, US
June 22-24 - Southside Festival, Germany
June 22-24 - Hurricane Festival, Germany
July 1 - TRSNMT, Scotland
July 4 - Open’er, Poland
July 6 - Rockwave Festival, Greece
July 8 - Rock Werchter, Belgium
July 12 - NOS Alive, Portugal
July 13 - Madcool Festival, Spain
August 8 - OYA Festival, Norway
August 9-11 - Way Out Festuval, Finland
August 11 - Flow Festival, Finland
August 14 Sziget Festival, Hungary