So far the band have announced 36 live dates for summer 2018 but only one of these is in the UK – at the TRNSMT festival in Glasgow on July 1.
Are Sheffields Arctic Monkeys poised to announce an autumn UK tour?
Given the fact the band are commited to playing dozens of shows across the continent and in America this summer it seems highly likely that a UK tour is planned for the autumn.
Arctic Monkeys last full UK tour took place during the back end of 2013, although they also made some festival appearances during 2014.
Sheffields Arctic Monkeys start recording new album and reveal when it should be released
The dates announced for 2018 so far also throw up the intriguing possibility that the band could play some intimate, low-key warm-up gigs in the UK in May. There is a gap of more than two weeks between their first show in LA on May 5 and their second scheduled gig of the year in Berlin on May 22.
Last month The Star reported that promoter SJM Concerts had lodged a licensing application with the Sheffield Council to stage events in Hillsborough Park for a maximum of four dates during the month of September, during the hours 4pm and 10.30pm.
This led to speculation that Arctic Monkeys were set for some huge homecoming shows. That application has since been withdrawn.
Alex Turner and co. have been confirmed to top the bill at Osheaga festival, alongside Travis Scott and Florence + The Machine.
Arctic Monkeys have been confirmed as headliners for Osheaga 2018.
The 505 rockers will play the Canadian festival, which takes place at Park Jean Drapeau, on Saturday 4 August with American star Travis Scott topping the bill on Friday 4 August, while fellow Brits Florence + The Machine will close the event on Sunday 5 August.
Also playing the music and arts festival are the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blondie, James Bay, The National and James Blake.
The news comes as Alex Turner and co. announced North American dates for 2018, and a date at Les Nuitsde Fourviere, which takes place in Lyon, France.
Alex Turner has also appeared to make fans very happy when it comes to reports of their new album, after giving a fan an update on the follow-up to 2013s AM.
William Hann, who spotted singer at Heathrow airport, said “just met Al again. I can confirm the beard remains, but he gave away nothing about UK dates and said the single would be “soon”.
@ArcticMonkeysUS just met Al again. I can confirm the beard remains, but he gave away nothing about UK dates and said the single would be “soon” pic.twitter.com/WY6DEzBgGc
Recently speaking with Radio X, Tom Grennan revealed he once had a VERY awkward exchange with the Arctic Monkeys frontman. Take a look below.