Banks of blinking lights loom over the stage, surrounding these five uber-cool New Yorkers. Almost like a stadium show, it announces The Strokes' return to the UK, even if it might result in some fans waving goodbye to their retinas.
After the lukewarm critical response to their latest album, First Impression of Earth, it's a big surprise to note that it's the newest songs which make the biggest impact. Juicebox and You Only Live Once are ruthlessly dynamic, the former translating much better live than on record.
First Impressions of Earth was not so much a stylistic leap forward as a tentative hop, but on the live stage even its less convincing offerings come to life, propelled by the twin guitars of Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr.
Songs from their debut record, which was universally praised at the time of its release, seem oddly muted by comparison - underwhelming renditions of the Modern Age and Last Nite exemplify this, but nevertheless are met with resounding applause.
Frontman Julian Casablancas is undoubtedly charismatic, and although The Strokes are ultimately best experienced live, there's little evidence of the showmanship that would be required to lift them to the rock summit.
Despite this, when they're on top form there are few bands that can match them for unbridled energy. The excitement generated by Reptilia, one of their finest moments, is reciprocated with a blistering performance, and one which shows just how vital they can be.
Brilliant and unpredictable, you can never quite tell what you're going to get with The Strokes. But for all their qualities and faults, they can rarely be accused of being boring.