We’ve been itching to hear from Vampire Weekend ever since their last album – the fantastic Modern Vampires of the City – in 2013. So you can imagine how ecstatic we are that they’ve chosen End of the Road as the place for their first UK show in 4 years and their only UK festival appearance of 2018. And with a new album expected this year too (currently with the working title of Mitsubishi Macchiato) this promises to be one unforgettable show.
Defined by the band as “Upper West Side Soweto”, songs like “A-Punk”, “Oxford Comma”, “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” and “Cousins” showcased the band’s unerring ability to make clever, catchy-as-hell indie rock blended with joyful, Afro-pop-inspired melodies. It saw them rise from the music bloggers’ favourites into a Grammy Award-winning act.
This fourth studio album will mark their first without founding member Rostam Batmanglij. He left with the band on a high. Their first two full-lengths sold nearly 1.2 million combined copies, yet theirs was always a sound delightfully out of sync with everything else.
Live, as on record, they create their own world – nimbly moving between different genres, moods and time-signatures, and making them their own. Each show is a celebration of all of that and we can’t wait to see them at Larmer Tree. Altogether now: “Hey, hey, hey!”