Alt-J play biggest headline show of their career at London’s O2 Arena

The band headed up a sold-out gig at the 20,000-capacity venue last night (January 24)

Alt-J played the biggest headline show of their career to date last night (January 24) at London’s O2 Arena.

The Grammy, Brit and NME Award nominated band were supported by Wolf Alice and Gengahr at the 20,000-capacity venue and played a show drawing from 2012’s ‘An Awesome Wave’ and last year’s ‘This Is All Yours’. “Wow, we’re extremely excited to be here – thank you for having us,” said keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton before ‘Left Hand Free’, in front of a dazzling light show.

Opening with the Miley Cyrus-sampling ‘Hunger Of The Pine’, during the gig the band aired rarity ‘Leon’, which the trio wrote when in their previous incarnation, Films. “This is an extremely big night for us, that being the case we thought we’d play you a song we haven’t played in about four years, it’s called ‘Leon’,” said Unger-Hamilton by way of an introduction to the track.

The band will play a host of European and Stateside festivals this year, including Coachella in California and Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain as well as Longitude Festival in Dublin’s Marlay Park from July 17-19, which will also see performances from Caribou, SBTRKT, Wild Beasts, Jungle, Little Dragon, Kaytranada, Young Fathers, Wolf Alice, Slaves, Gengahr, Girl Band and Hudson Mohawke, with more acts to be announced.

Longtitude tickets go on sale January 30 at 9am. For more information, visit To check the availability of Longitude tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765

Alt-J played:

‘Hunger Of The Pine’
‘Something Good’
‘Left Hand Free’
‘Dissolve Me’
‘Bloodflood Pt II’
‘Interlude I (Ripe & Ruin)’
‘Every Other Freckle’
‘Warm Foothills’
‘The Gospel Of John Hurt’
‘Lovely Day’
‘Leaving Nara’