The Hold Steady play gig in the NME café

Craig Finn's gang rock our lunch spot

The Hold Steady invaded the NME café last night (July 2) for an exclusive gig, as part of our sister magazine Uncut’s 10th Anniversary party.

Tables and chairs were cleared from the 11th-floor lunch spot of our London office, allowing the band to run through the likes of ‘You Can Make Him Like You’ from their latest album, ‘Boys And Girls In America’.

The band only just managed to squeeze the short set into their regular touring plans, with the show finishing up at 8pm – leaving them just in time to be ferried to their gig across the city at Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

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“It was super-fun!” explained Finn, “but we’re playing again in an hour in Shepherd’s Bush… I don’t know where we are now!”

Happily, the band made it to their headline show in time for their second gig of the evening.

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