Arctic Monkeys mess with Texas

South By South West set goes down a storm

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Arctic Monkeys played a headline set to South By South West festival goers last night (March 17) at one of the most talked about gigs of the week.

A packed crowd of industry insiders and fans crammed themselves into La Zona Rosa, at the festival-in-a-city in Austin, Texas.

More chatty than usual, frontman Alex Turner teased the crowd and said, "We're gonna play a new song for you now. One that's not on the album. Just to prove that we're here for the long-term," before breaking into 'Leave Before The Lights Come On'.

The set, which included 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor', 'From The Ritz to the Rubble', 'The View From The Afternoon' and 'Mardy Bum' was attended by Dirty Pretty Things, The Subways, Mystery Jets, Plan B and We Are Scientists' Keith Murray, who joined the band for 'Fake Tales Of San Francisco'.

The five-day new music festival, which ends on Sunday (March 19), gathers together fans and industry from across the globe.

Stay with NME.COM for updates from the festival, day-by-day.

NME 's special South By South West issue is on shelves from Wednesday March 29, with a free 15-track CD featuring the best bands from the festival.

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