Live Review: The Vaccines at Brixton Academy


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An epic 21 song set saw The Vaccines play their 3rd and final show of the year at London’s Brixton Academy. Kicking off the proceedings was Handsome, a cheeky introduction to a four piece who have continually developed and become better with age.

The UK tour, which is in support of their third studio album English Graffiti, has seen the London band tour relentlessly since its release in May this year. Tracks such as Dream Lover, 20/20 and Give Me A Sign, were met by a great reception from fans and show their versatility as a band. The Vaccines are great for mixing their upbeat indie tracks with their softer, loved up side. Their maturity and confidence shines through in English Graffiti and on stage, a far cry from their debut album What Did You Expect? Which -although an incredibly enjoyable album – felt a little like the 4 guys were in a rabbit in headlights situation; those days are long gone.

Frontman Justin Young gets the audience singing, bouncing and hands in the air. This gig marks a career highlight for the band and it’s clear they’re very appreciative of their 3 night run at the iconic London venue.

For the most part, The Vaccines played a courageous set full of fast and upbeat songs including Blow It Up and Bad Mood. Halfway through the gig the band took the pace down a little and offered the crowd a few of their slower numbers including (All Afternoon) In Love and Give Me A Sign. A highlight was haunting track All in White, which saw the audience sing in unison creating an eerie atmosphere with the spotlight featured on the band members.

★★★★

Graduate Multimedia Journalist, Online Editor at CIO UK and contributing writer at Culturefly and Contact Music.

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