So were you there this time?

So it's a year on from one of the most talked about festival performances of the decade, when Arctic Monkeys packed out the Carling Tent off the back of one single and a huge online interest. Twelve months later and they're one of the major Main Stage draws, having reportedly turned down the opportunity of headlining the Carling Weekend.

It goes without saying the crowd for this set was vast, one of the biggest across the whole weekend at Leeds, and the Monkey boys didn't disappoint those who have grown to love, some would call it hero worship, them during their dramatic rise to the top.

Opening with 'Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor', all the crowd pleasers were there. Recent single 'Leave Before the Lights Come On', as well as 'Sun Goes Down' and 'Mardy Bum' were among the tracks to gain the biggest reaction.

The set drew to a close in the same way their debut album does, with 'A Certain Romance'. With Alex Turner earlier having told the crowd this was to be their final show until 2007, for many there was a real sense of occasion about this evening and was a fitting way of closing the first chapter in this band's impressive career.

Sure there isn't the same raw excitement for these massive outdoor gigs or their recent sold out UK tour as for those played in smaller venues in 2005, but that isn't exactly a great surprise. It has struck me that there are a number of bands who seem to be playing their debut albums for too long, Hard-Fi, Editors and Kaiser Chiefs all spring to mind. OK so where there's demand there's a need but this is the right time for the Arctic Monkeys to take a step back and let the dust settle on what has, like it or not, been one of the most interesting and exciting band explotions of recent times.