The Leadmill prepare to celebrate the release of Arctic Monkeys’ new album on Friday

Sheffield’s biggest indie music venue say the release of Arctic Monkeys sixth studio album is very important to them.

‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ is released on Friday 11 May and The Leadmill will be holding an album listening party in the evening to celebrate it.

The listening party is a variation of The Leadmill’s weekly club night, Gaga, which is popular with both students and locals.

The Leadmill will be playing the Monkeys’ new album in full in Room 3 from 11pm, with indie pop in Room 1 and RnB and dance in Room 2.

The Arctic Monkeys events the venue have previously hosted have attracted very large crowds.

They are expecting between 700-1000 people to attend the event on Friday.

Freya Gill-Stevens, who works at The Leadmill, said: “The band is very important to us as a venue, and to the city of Sheffield as a whole so it wouldn’t feel right to not honour the new album in some way.”

Arctic Monkeys have been on hiatus since they finished touring their previous album, ‘AM’, in 2014, and a new album has been highly anticipated.

So far, ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ has got mixed reviews, with music sites such as NME saying the record is not what is usually expected from the Sheffield four-piece.

Early last month, the band announced four homecoming tour dates at the Sheffield FlyDSA Arena, which all sold out in a matter of minutes.

Along with the album release, a pop up shop will be in Sheffield city centre from tomorrow, selling “unique and limited album and merchandise items” for fans.

Charlotte Thompson, who is promoting the night, said: “Having read the latest reviews, it’s evident that ‘Tranquility Base’ has taken a different direction to their previous albums, so we are intrigued to see how it will go down on the night,”

“That being said, Sheffield fans have always been loyal to the band and will continue to be, whatever their opinion on the new album.”

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