Five years have passed since Is This It? exploded in our faces and The Strokes single-handedly revived a generation of youth bored into submission by the soggy state of music.

Remember life before The Strokes? It was Travis and the fag end of Oasis.

Guitar music sounded like something you'd snooze to rather than go out and rock to.

And then there were five drop-dead cool New Yorkers with sharp suits, dirty minds and skinny ties, providing all that had been lacking from modern rock 'n' roll: Sex appeal and style.

Their glittering riffs and scuzz-soaked sound reinvigorated the sound of New York punk, upped the ante and opened the floodgates for a zillion other acts to follow, fuelling the indie-rock revolution that brought us Interpol, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Bravery.

What The Strokes achieved surpassed everyone's expectations.

For singer/songwriter Julian Casablancas, guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr, bassist Nikolai Fraiture and drummer Fabrizio Moretti, success was almost overnight.

But the enormous amount of hype surrounding them was as much a curse as a blessing. The title of their debut was oft-repeated after their second effort Room On Fire failed to spark. Is This It? indeed.

Third album First Impressions Of Earth however sees them back on track, receiving a much warmer reception from the music press and fans.

Three or four songs too long it may be, but The Strokes are clearly still thriving and far from fizzling out: Not quite as carefree as before but wiser, darker and meaner.

Starts 7pm. Tickets cost £23 (sold out). Call 0870 900 9100