Embarking on a four stop mini tour this past week, plus a show at London Westfield, young British band The Vamps proved exactly why they are being dubbed ‘the next big thing.’ Playing free shows up and down the country, the band themselves were not prepared for the massive amount of teenage girls who turned up to watch them perform as they had to add extra shows to accommodate the crowd.
On the 9th of August I was lucky enough to see their second show in Birmingham at The Institute. Due to time restraints this show ended up being a two song set list followed by a small meet and greet. Even with just their two songs, both being covers, they were able to completely captivate their audience from the get go. Guitarist James Mcvey and bassist Connor Ball started the show off with an acoustic cover of Weightless by All Time Low, a song that they have only recently started to play. The song was full of surprises as lead singer Bradley Simpson banged away on the drums and drummer Tristan Evans pranced about the stage, guitar in hand. After swapping instruments back to their rightful player, the band then launched into a cover of Busted’s Year 3000. Being a very popular song amongst their fans, The Vamps know how to get their crowd singing along and having a good time.
Followed by a short meet and greet, it is clear to see why The Vamps have gained such a large following already. While talented in their music, the boys are also very grounded and appreciative of their fans. Having only been a full band for less than six months and yet with almost 190,000 twitter followers and over 18 million youtube views to their name, The Vamps have managed to achieve a lot in their short time together. After touring with pop superstars Mcfly earlier this year, The Vamps’ success has been continuously on the rise.
With their debut single Can We Dance having just been released, an album on the way and various gigs throughout the UK lined up, they are definitely one to watch. If you’re looking for a good new band to get into this summer, check out The Vamps.