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The WKBL set, and the interval that followed, saw the BIF venue fill out properly as Alt-J's team of gnome-like technicians ensured all the plugs, switches and buttons were in the proper alignment.
Alt-J emerged to a hero welcome as a circular lamp, suspended overhead, lit up the hall in time with Hunger's pulse-like electro heartbeat.
Like Scottish forebears The Beta Band, Alt-J have perfected the art of incorporating huge numbers of elements into their music without the overall sound appearing cluttered.
Fitzpleasure - Alt-J Ill Manors - Plan B Pelican - The Maccabees !
Gruelling commercial commitments have taken their toll however, and Alt-J now stand as a trio (barring live shows) after bassist Gwil Sainsbury left the band last January.
The big award of the night at next month's awards - best album - will be fought between Sande's Our Version Of Events, Alt-J's An Awesome Wave, the Mumford release Babel and Plan B's Ill Manors.
ALT-J'S set, a rather demonic and broody set of minimal, sad indie proved the perfect amuse bouche for the main course ahead.
Alt-J's return to Glastonbury this weekend, combined with the launch of their brilliant third album Relaxer, will surely see their star soar even higher.
It's eerie, rhythmic, sensuous and oddly addictive - the effortless cool of The xx mixed with Alt-J's wilful opaquness - and it doesn't need a genre tag to hold it together.
Verdict: KATY HAL Alt-J 02 ACADEMY WE'VE really made it.