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Santo Gold, watched by a brightly-hooded MIA at Hoxton Bar and Grill, December 6, 2007. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Bloc Party's debut album 'Silent Alarm' entered the UK charts at number 3 and went on to receive a Mercury Music Prize nomination. Pic: Claire Morris

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Bloc Party fans get wet and wild at Leeds Cockpit, December 12, 2007. Pic: Claire Morris

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The original line-up of the Manics came together in 1986, when James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire, Sean Moore and a rhythm guitarist nicknamed 'Flicker' formed the short-lived Betty Blue. Pic: Andy Willsher

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Nicky Wire of the Manic Street Preachers at Brixton Academy. Wire is currently proving to be a popular vote in the NME Ultimate Cool List, voted by readers at NME.COM/ultimate. Pic: Andy Willsher

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James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers at NME's 'Best Live Venue of the Year' (2006) Brixton Academy, December 12, 2007. Pic: Andy Willsher

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Bill Wyman and Paulo Nutini perform on stage during the Led Zeppelin tribute to Ahmet Ertegun concert, 02 Arena, Greenwich, London, December 10, 2007. Pic: Getty Images

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Arctic Monkeys admitted they had always fancied playing Alexandra Palace after seeing The Strokes at the same venue in 2003. Pic: Andy Willsher

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V (neck) here now - Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner onstage at Alexandra Palace in London. Pic: Andy Willsher

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Arctic Monkeys have fond memories of Ally Pally - the night they came to see The Strokes here they also met Pete Doherty! Pic: Andy Willsher

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Arctic Monkeys played a massive 23-song set on each night at Ally Pally, including some rarities such as Japanese B-side 'DA Frame 2R'. Pic: Andy Willsher

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London goes nuts for Arctic Monkeys. Pic: Andy Willsher

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Arctic Monkeys' pair Alex Turner and MattHelders share a moment onstage in London. Pic: Andy Willsher

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Arctic Monkeys are giving away a special magazine supplement on their UK tour which will also feature in 'the Big Issue'. Pic: Andy Willsher

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Arctic Monkeys' winter UK tour also takes in two nights each in Manchester and Aberdeen. Pic: Andy Willsher

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Arctic Monkeys' frontman Alex Turner makes a point to the sold-out crowd. Pic: Andy Willsher

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Arctic Monkeys were supported by The Rascals and The Horrors at the Ally Pally shows. Pic: Andy Willsher

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Arctic Monkeys have played to sold-out crowds all year in the UK, but hadn't played in London since April's two shows at the Astoria. Pic: Andy Willsher

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Crowds watch Arctic Monkeys at Ally Pally. The two dates sold out almost immediately after going onsale. Pic: Andy Willsher

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Dizzee Rascal sang vocals on his Monkeys collaboration from earlier this year, 'Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend.' Pic: Andy Willsher

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Arctic Monkeys were joined by onstage by pal Dizzee Rascal, but, unlike Glastonbury, you could actually hear him this time. Pic: Andy Willsher
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