In Photos – The Strokes Stun FYF Festival With Hit-Packed Set

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The Strokes performed only their fourth show of 2014 on Sunday, playing a hit-packed 17-song set at Los Angeles’ FYF Festival (August 24). Strokes shows have been something of a rarity since releasing 2013’s ‘Comedown Machine’. Could European shows be on the horizon? Here’s hoping. In the meantime, here’s some snaps from our photographer on the ground in LA.

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The five-piece were welcomed to the LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park by the largest crowd of the weekend at the event, which also featured appearances from bands including Phoenix, Interpol and Haim. Here’s Albert Hammond Jr lost in a haze of smoke.

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The Strokes’ set came in a weekend where both frontman Julian Casablancas and guitarist Albert Hammond Jr had also played solo shows at the Californian festival, now in its 11th year.

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Casablancas kept his stage chatter to a minimum. “How was your weekend, guys?” he asked at one point, adding, “Just play, I don’t want to talk!” before ploughing into ‘One Way Trigger’ from 2013’s ‘Comedown Machine’. Before a raucous rendition of ’12:51′ from ‘Room On Fire’, Casablancas admitted to feeling awkward when speaking to the audience. “These are my thoughts… They’re all I’ve got.”

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Their setlist in full:
‘Barely Legal’
‘Welcome To Japan’
‘Automatic Stop’
‘Machu Picchu’
‘Reptilia’
‘Razorblade’
‘Killing Lies’
‘One Way Trigger’
‘Under Control’
‘Heart In A Cage’
‘Hard To Explain’
‘12:51’
‘Someday’
‘The End Has No End’
‘You Only Live Once’
‘Last Nite’
‘New York City Cops’

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