The Vaccines have gone cosmic on their new album, making the slightly odd jump between barroom surf-pop and barroom space-pop with ease. In terms of how that has translated live, they’ve kept the cowboy shirts and greaser looks, but mixed it in with confetti canons and a slick lights show suffused with violet and turquoise.
They blitzed through several cuts from new album English Graffiti, including the telescoping astral majesty of ‘Dream Lover’, plus old standbys like breakthrough single ‘If You Wanna’ and the anthem for doomed youth everywhere: ‘Post Break-Up Sex’. “This is a very special place to us,” Justin Young said, as they parted. For a band who only released their debut three years ago, the ride to headliner status has been breakneck, but as Kendal can vouch, richly deserved.
And now, with the tenth anniversary over, Andy and Ben and everyone on the team would like to take this moment to say a very special thanks.
“From that first tent-pole climbing high-wire act at Abbot Hall Park in Kendal a decade ago, we never believed it would turn into what it has. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to every single person who has, by coming or contributing, made this festival with us.”
See you in the fields for another ten years.
Ian Taylor, Paul Whiteley,
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