Indie band The Vaccines have toured all over the world but decided to go back to their roots and visit Southampton.
I’ve loved the band since their 2011 album ‘What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?’ and have seen them several times over the years. The superstars last toured with the legendary Rolling Stones in May but had not been back to their hometown since 2011.
The boys entered the stage to Queen’s ‘Break Free’ and the background was accompanied by palm trees – which was an unlikely summery setting for January. The set was kicked off with a funky keyboard melody of ‘Your Love is my Favourite Band’, which sounded strangely similar to an intro of something that Blossoms would release. The band were buzzing with energy and Justin stole the show prancing around the stage like a boisterous, yet playful hooligan.
There was a comforting sense of nostalgia in the crowd when they played their oldies Wreckin Bar (Ra Ra Ra), Wetsuit and of course the BIG one ‘If You Wanna’, which triggered an uproar from the audience. As much as I like the latest album ‘Combat Sports’ there is no doubt The Vaccines older songs like ‘Norgaard’ and ‘Wetsuit’ were the crowd favourites of the evening.
That being said, the fans seemed pretty happy to take over the singing during ‘All My Friends Are Falling In Love’ when Justin said: “I’m losing my voice a bit, so I’d like to borrow yours”. (Not that you could fault his voice, because he still sounded awesome as ever).
One of the reasons I’ve always liked the Vaccines was because of their ability to combine mature lyrical themes paired with upbeat poppy beats, which is probably why they have remained relevant for so long. The show ended on the classic ‘All in White’ from their first album, which is a personal one for Young and about jealousy and victimizing yourself. A heartfelt ending to the night that can be related to by everyone.
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Text: Chloe Humphries
Images: Chloe Humphries, Leeds Festival, BBC, The Rolling Stones