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Review: The Vaccines (BBC Radio 6 Music Stage)

What else did you expect from The Vaccines?

Review: The Vaccines (BBC Radio 6 Music Stage)

The Vaccines

James Gilmore

W!ZARD News Author

It's very rare that an artist on the equivalent of the 'Other Stage' pulls in an equal (if not larger) audience than the main headliner of a festival. Last night, The Vaccines pulled this off.

Don't get us wrong, Portishead's set at the Obelisk Arena was busy, but this morning there has been a lot of people saying, "Yeah, I left Portishead half way through and caught the second half of The Vaccines". You know why, because The Vaccines are amazing.

With Beatles-esque snappy tunes, every single person inside the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage at Latitude Festival on Saturday evening knew every single lyric of every single tune the London-based band performed.

Despite the fact that their latest EP ('English Graffiti') was only released a few months ago (25th May), the performed tracks from all three of their bestselling albums, with tracks Dream Lover, Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra) and Post Beak-Up Sex getting the biggest reactions - that is until they ended their set on Teenage Icon and Norgaard and everything went crazy.

The whole of Latitude Festival was in agreement, The Vaccines had the best set finale out of any other band at the festival this year (yes, even better than Alt-J).

Lead singer, and band founder, Justin Hayward-Young seemed to be having the time of his life as he sung to the packed out Stage (although at times it was difficult to tell if his dance moves were just him getting into the groove or whether he was heavily drunk - but his vocals were at perfection so we doubt it was the latter) and guitarist Freddie Cowan smirked with pride as the over-filled BBC Radio 6 Music Stage sung back to the four-piece.

This really was not a set to miss - but, then again, we could have predicted that. What else did you expect from The Vaccines?

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