Saturday, 11 April 2015

The Vaccines at UEA LCR

Having been a fans of The Vaccines for several years, my boyfriend and I were quick to purchase tickets when they announced a tour date in our nearest city - Norwich, just a 45 minute drive away. The gig was held last Tuesday at the University of East Anglia's LCR, a venue I am familiar with having previously seen acts there, such as Ben Howard, Bowling for Soup and... Basshunter (in my defence, I was a musically confused 13 year old..)

After a leg-numbing two hour wait, The Vaccines opened their set with a particular favourite of mine - Teenage Icon - and had us all head-bopping and foot-tapping along. After the initial excitement of seeing, in the flesh, a band I had listened to for years had worn off, I realised that I couldn't actually hear much of Justin's vocals. At all. The volume of the bands instruments completely drowned out their fantastic lyrics, much to my disappointment. We stayed long enough to hear Wet Suit and Dream Lover (a track from their new album English Graffiti) and decided to head home. 

Alas, it was not a totally wasted journey as The Vaccines' support act, All We Are, were fantastic! With a combination of  their funky, indie pop sound and bassist Guro Gikling's sexy hip movements, we were sold. Their three piece ensemble made the money, journey and the disappointment of a long-loved band's vocals being inaudible, absolutely worthwhile. If you're looking for something new to listen to, I thoroughly recommend giving this awesome band a listen!

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