The Strokes play tiny London show

After the scrum for tickets the band play unique Capital gig

The Strokes played a unique, intimate gig in London tonight (November 29).

Appearing at ULU, the group performed in front of just 800 people, many of whom had queued in the cold overnight to get hold of tickets for the capital show.

Taking the opportunity to showcase their new album ‘First Impressions Of Earth’ at the gig – highlights from which will be broadcast by Radio 1 this week – The Strokes also dug deep into their catalogue to treat the sold-out crowd to a 21-song set.

With the audience including members of Franz Ferdinand, Blondie, Duran Duran, Editors, Stereophonics, ‘The Mighty Boosh’ and Razorlight among others, frontman Julian Casablancas seemed impressed by the passionate crowd, telling them “You guys are beautiful, God bless you” as his band performed for an hour-and-a-half.

The Strokes played the following set:

‘Juicebox’

‘Red Light’

‘Heart In A Cage’

‘On The Other Side’

‘Vision Of Division’

‘Evening Sun’

‘Razorblade’

‘Electricityscape’

‘Hawaii’

’15 Minutes’

‘You Only Live Once’

‘Last Nite’

‘Hard To Explain’

‘Someday’

‘The End Has No End’

‘Under Control’

‘New York City Cops’

‘Reptilia’

‘Barely Legal’

‘Is This It’

‘Take It Or Leave It’

The Strokes are now set to play a second intimate London show for MTV on December 2, before returning to the UK next year for a full tour.

They play:

Belfast Ulster Hall (January 19)

Dublin The Point (20)

London Shepherds Bush Empire (24)

Bristol Colston Hall (25)

Nottingham Ice Arena (27)

Doncaster Dome (28)

Manchester Apollo (30-31)

Brighton Centre (February 3)

Portsmouth Guildhall (4)

Glasgow Academy (7-8)

Edinburgh Corn Exchange (10)

Hull City Hall (11)

Wolverhampton Civic Hall (13)

Blackpool Empress (14)

London Hammersmith Apollo (17-18)

Tickets are due to go sale at 9am on Friday December 2. For availability after that time go to NME tickets or call 0870 663 663.

For the full story of The Strokes‘ week in Britain, plus the first insight on the new album see next week’s NME out nationwide from December 7.