It’s not as if Vampire Weekend are a small band by any standards, but somehow, it seems that they often get a bit overlooked. They weren’t headlining, they weren’t even sub-headlining, but to me, Vampire Weekend were one of the bands I was most looking forward to.
Having seen them headline at Benicassim Festival in 2010, I knew exactly what Vampire Weekend’s live shows were capable of delivering, and I was ready to sing and dance to my heart’s content. And, I did. As did the people around me. They played all their best songs and all of their hits, including ‘A-Punk’, ‘Diane Young’, ‘Hannah Hunt’, ‘Cousins’, ‘Oxford Comma’, ‘Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa’… In fact, I could just list every song they played, as they don’t have a bad song in their discography.
Quite clearly, I’m a big fan of Vampire Weekend anyway, but don’t let that mislead you. There’s a reason that I love them so much, and their set at Glastonbury just reinforced this. Sadly, the coverage that was broadcast on the BBC doesn’t encapsulate the energy and passion of the performance, but if you were there, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If not, all I can suggest is that you jump at the next chance you get to see them live.