Humbug Tour

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World tour by Arctic Monkeys
Associated album Humbug
Start date 13 January 2009
End date 22 April 2010
Legs 10
No. of shows 103
Arctic Monkeys concert chronology

The Humbug Tour was a world concert tour by British indie rock[1] band Arctic Monkeys in support of their third studio album, Humbug. Although Humbug was not released until 25 August 2009, the tour started with a series of shows in Australia and New Zealand in the January of that year. Following this leg, there was a break for the band to put the finishing touches on the record. The tour then resumed in Poland on 2 July 2009. The band proceeded to tour through 2009 and into 2010, ending with 15 dates in April across the United States and Mexico.[2]


The setlist evolved over the duration of the tour, but primarily focused on songs from "Humbug". Songs from Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not were primarily left out of the set, with "The View From The Afternoon", "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor", and "Still Take You Home" being the only songs to regularly feature from the band's record breaking debut album. The setlist was briefly modified to include "When The Sun Goes Down" and a snippet of "Mardy Bum" during the November 2009 European Leg. "When the Sun Goes Down" also returned for select shows in 2010, but "Mardy Bum" did not.

Generally, the band opened each gig with a song from "Humbug" (either "Pretty Visitors" or "Dance Little Liar"), followed by "Brianstorm", "This House is a Circus" and "Still Take You Home". The mid-part of the setlist was commonly rotated but generally featured two songs from "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not", three songs from "Favourite Worst Nightmare", seven from "Humbug" and a cover of Nick Cave's 1994 hit; Red Right Hand. In addition, a B-Side from the "Humbug" sessions would often make the setlist (often "Sketchead" or "Catapult"), although Favourite Worst Nightmare B-Side "Nettles" was included during the last US leg in Spring 2010. Following the last song of the main set (usually "Do Me a Favour" in North America and "Secret Door" in Europe), the band returned for a two-song encore.

The encore typically consisted of a new version of "Fluorescent Adolescent", which had been transposed to include a snippet of a different song (most commonly "Only You Know" by Dion or "Strange" by Patsy Kline), as well as closing number "505". Both songs in the encore were generally from the band's 2007 album "Favourite Worst Nightmare" as a few variations included either "If You Were There, Beware", or the aforementioned B-Side "Nettles".

Tour dates (Incomplete)[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Leg #1, Australia & New Zealand
13 January 2009 Wellington New Zealand Wellington Town Hall
15 January 2009 Auckland The Powerstation
16 January 2009 Big Day Out Festival
18 January 2009 Gold Coast Australia
22 January 2009 Sydney Hordern Pavilion
23 January 2009 Big Day Out Festival
24 January 2009 Melbourne Palais Theatre
26 January 2009 Big Day Out Festival
30 January 2009 Adelaide
1 February 2009 Perth
Leg #2, Europe
2 July 2009 Gdynia Poland Open'er Festival
4 July 2009 Hradec Králové Czech Republic Rock For People Festival
5 July 2009 Vienna Austria Arena Vienna
7 July 2009 Split Croatia Prokurative
9 July 2009 Novi Sad Serbia Exit Festival
Leg #3, North America
1 August 2009 Jersey City, New Jersey United States All Points West Festival
2 August 2009 Montreal, Quebec Canada Osheaga Music & Arts Festival
3 August 2009 New York City, New York United States Highline
5 August 2009 Boston, Massachusetts Paradise
7 August 2009 Chicago, Illinois Metro
8 August 2009 Lollapalooza
Leg #4, Europe
13 August 2009 Oslo Norway Oya Festival
14 August 2009 Gothenburg Sweden Way Out West Festival
15 August 2009 Copenhagen Denmark Beat Day Festival
21 August 2009 Erfurt Germany Highfield Festival
22 August 2009 Hasselt Belgium Pukkelpop Festival
23 August 2009 Biddinghuizen Netherlands Lowlands Festival
26 August 2009 London England Brixton Academy
28 August 2009 Leeds Leeds Festival
29 August 2009 Reading Reading Festival
Leg #5, North America
14 September 2009 San Diego, California United States Soma San Diego
15 September 2009 Hollywood, California Hollywood Palladium
16 September 2009 Oakland, California Fox Theatre
18 September 2009 Portland, Oregon Wonder Ballroom
19 September 2009 Seattle, Washington The Showbox @ The Market
20 September 2009 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada Malkin Bowl
22 September 2009 Salt Lake City, Utah United States In The Venue
23 September 2009 Denver, Colorado Ogden Theater
25 September 2009 Minneapolis, Minnesota First Avenue
26 September 2009 Milwaukee, Wisconsin The Rave
28 September 2009 Columbus, Ohio Newport Music Hall
29 September 2009 Toronto, Ontario Canada Kool Haus
30 September 2009 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States Electric Factory
2 October 2009 New Orleans, Louisiana House of Blues
3 October 2009 Houston, Texas House of Blues
4 October 2009 Austin, Texas Austin City Limits Festival
5 October 2009 Dallas, Texas The Palladium Ballroom
Leg #6, Japan
18 October 2009 Tokyo Japan Liquid Room
19 October 2009 Budokan
Leg #7, Europe
3 November 2009 Antwerp Belgium Lotto Arena
5 November 2009 Paris France Zenith
6 November 2009
8 November 2009 Berlin Germany Treptow Arena
10 November 2009 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
11 November 2009
13 November 2009 Liverpool England Echo Arena
14 November 2009 Sheffield Sheffield Arena
16 November 2009 Newcastle upon Tyne Metro Radio Arena
17 November 2009 London Wembley Arena
18 November 2009
20 November 2009 Birmingham National Indoor Arena
21 November 2009 Manchester Evening News Arena
22 November 2009 Nottingham Trent FM Arena
24 November 2009 Glasgow Scotland SECC
25 November 2009 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
26 November 2009 Dublin Ireland The O2
Leg #8, North America
6 December 2009 Chicago, Illinois United States Riviera Theatre
7 December 2009 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Mr. Smalls Theatre
8 December 2009 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
10 December 2009 New York City, New York Terminal 5
11 December 2009
13 December 2009 Boston, Massachusetts House of Blues
14 December 2009 Montreal, Quebec Canada Métropolis
Leg #9, Europe
26 January 2010 Milan Italy Palasharp
27 January 2010 Grenoble France Summum
29 January 2010 Rennes Liberté (venue)
30 January 2010 Bordeaux Medoquine
31 January 2010 Montpellier Zenith
2 February 2010 Porto Portugal Coliseum
3 February 2010 Lisbon Campo Pequeno
5 February 2010 Madrid Spain Palacio Vistalegre
6 February 2010 Barcelona Sant Jordi Club
8 February 2010 Munich Germany Zenith
9 February 2010 Offenbach am Main Stadthalle Offenbach
10 February 2010 Düsseldorf Philipshalle
13 February 2010 Valencia Spain Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
27 March 2010 London England Royal Albert Hall
28 March 2010 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Leg #10, North America
1 April 2010 Miami Beach, Florida United States Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie
2 April 2010 Tampa, Florida The Ritz
3 April 2010 Hollywood, Florida Hard Rock Live
5 April 2010 Athens, Georgia 40 Watt Club
6 April 2010 Raleigh, North Carolina Disco Rodeo
7 April 2010 Baltimore, Maryland Rams Head Live
9 April 2010 Covington, Kentucky Madison Theatre
11 April 2010 St. Louis, Missouri The Pageant
12 April 2010 Lawrence, Kansas Liberty Hall
13 April 2010 Tulsa, Oklahoma Cain's Ballroom
15 April 2010 Tempe, Arizona The Marquee
16 April 2010 Las Vegas, Nevada House of Blues
18 April 2010 Pioneertown, California Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace
21 April 2010 Mexico City Mexico Estadio Azteca's Esplande
22 April 2010 Guadalajara Foro Alterno


Arctic Monkeys
Touring musicians
  • John Ashton - keyboards, additional guitar, backing vocals