VO5 NME Awards 2018 in photos – see Alt-J storm the stage with ‘In Cold Blood’

The Mercury-winning trio were on form

Alt-J played the second of four brilliant performances at the VO5 NME Awards 2018, and they were ace. Here’s how their set went down.

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Following Skepta and Stefflon Don’s performance of ‘Ding-A-Ling’ and Haim's acceptance of the Best International Artist award supported by 19 Crimes Winery, the Mercury Prize-winning trio Alt-J take to the stage at the VO5 NME Awards 2018.

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Alt-J, NME Awards 2018, 2, AF

They play ‘In Cold Blood’, a binary code-calling cut from their esoteric third album, 2017’s ‘Relaxer’.

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They play ‘In Cold Blood’, a binary code-calling cut from their esoteric third album, 2017’s ‘Relaxer’.

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Nominated for Best British Band supported by Zig-Zag, the band stripped back the brass-backed track but retained its fiery core. ANDY FORD/NME
Nominated for Best British Band supported by Zig-Zag, the band stripped back the brass-backed track but retained its fiery core.

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Suited and booted, the trio were accompanied by wavy backing visuals that provided a taster of the album's eight-bit graphics.
Suited and booted, the trio were accompanied by wavy backing visuals that provided a taster of the album's eight-bit graphics.

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Alt-J, NME Awards 2018, 5, AF
You can't really tell here, but frontman Joe Newman is wearing a t-shirt with YouTuber Ethan Klein of h3h3 on it. ANDY FORD/NME

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Alt-J, NME Awards 2018, 4, AF
The experimental indie trio recently announced America’s first ever “immersive sound show” in New York’s Forest Hill Stadium, where they’ll use innovative technology to provide audiences with high-fidelity, 3-D sound experience during the show. That's some pretty heavy science right there. ANDY FORD/NME
The experimental indie trio recently announced America’s first ever “immersive sound show” in New York’s Forest Hill Stadium, where they’ll use innovative technology to provide audiences with high-fidelity, 3-D sound experience during the show. That's some pretty heavy science right there.

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Alt-J, NME Awards 2018, 6, AF
So it's no surprise that the band go on to pick up Best British Band supported by Zig-Zag later on in the night, with keysman Gus Unger-Hamilton saying: "Thank you very much to NME for supporting us right from the beginning, to our amazing fans for always sticking with us, to our crew to our team – have a good night!" ANDY FORD/NME
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