Review: Vampire Weekend at Portsmouth Guildhall

Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend
Joe Satriani. Picture by Joseph Cultice

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Ahead of their Sunday evening performance at the Glastonbury Festival, New York quartet Vampire Weekend performed at Portsmouth’s Guildhall.

After the majority of the crowd readily listened to support by Stealing Sheep, the band sauntered on to the stage.

Widely known for their catchy pop-punk songs from second album 2010’s Contra, they were here promoting the third, Modern Vampires of the City.

Halfway through their set, which was littered with well-known crowd pleasers, they played A-Punk – and it went down a storm as everyone threw their hands in the air.

The new album’s songs, such as Ya Hey, have a slightly more developed sound compared to the band’s pop past. It was still growing on the crowd.

Last time they were in Portsmouth, they had one album and played to a much smaller crowd.

But on Sunday night they performed with headliners Mumford and Sons on the main Glastonbury stage. There’s no stopping them.