Arctic Monkeys to open Brit Awards 2014

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 November 2013
Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys have agreed to headline The Brit Awards next year following years of snubbing the ceremony

Arctic Monkeys have agreed to headline The Brit Awards 2014.

The 'Do I Wanna Know' singers have ended their mockery of the iconic music awards show by agreeing to open the proceedings with a live performance next February, following years of snubbing the ceremony.

The group - which consists of Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Nick O'Malley and Matt Helders - famously refused to attend the ceremony in 2006 where they won Breakthrough Act, and the following year they made a mockery by dressing as characters from the 'Wizard Of Oz', before delivering a sarcastic acceptance speech in 2008.

Brits chairman, Christian Tattersfield said: "It took a lot of wining and dining on behalf of the Brits but it was my absolute priority to get Arctic Monkeys to perform. It has been their year. It helps that the Brit Awards is now seen as a credible event and is no longer the shambles it was four or five years ago."

Arctic Monkeys will share the stage with Katy Perry who has also been announced to perform and a decision will be made as to whether the Outstanding Achievement in Music prize will return.

The ceremony - which sees James Corden in his final year as host - will take place at London's O2 arena and organisers are hoping it will be viewed by over 10 million people.

Arctic Monkeys

The stomping Sheffield tykes have graduated from songs about chip shops and taxi ranks, but the ferocious singalong favourites of old should also make an appearance.

3Arena, Dublin

Mon 24 Sep

Times to be confirmed

Birmingham Arena

Sat 15 Sep

prices vary / 0871 945 6000

Sun 16 Sep

prices vary / 0871 945 6000

Manchester Arena

Thu 6 Sep

£40.70–£70.70 / 0844 847 8000

Fri 7 Sep

£40.70–£70.70 / 0844 847 8000

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