Latitude 2015

The Vaccines bring cowboy shirts and confetti to Latitude 2015

It may not quite possess the same weight as the evening’s other headliners, but it’s a whole helluva lot of fun.

For the most part, the Saturday evening of Latitude 2015 feels to be dominated by the foreboding sounds of doom floating down from Portishead’s slot on the Obelisk, yet as soon as the 6music tent comes into view, it’s more than evident that a whole other option is on tonight’s menu.

When The Vaccines burst onto the stage for their Saturday night closing set, the crowd is spilling out of the tent’s sides, with the canvas walls threatening to burst at any minute. ‘Handsome’ rings out in all its bombastic glory and, as they break into chant-heavy ‘Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’, there’s no stopping the full audience from bounding.

As the four-piece - all dressed in their finest cowboy shirts for good measure - delve in and out of their three previous albums, there’s no doubting that they’re a band who belong on even bigger stages. The schmoozing moodiness of ‘Dream Lover’ to the laidback drawl of ‘Melody Calling’, even in their moments of downtime, they’re a band who command attention.

Huge guitar anthems aren’t all the band have up their sleeve: as Justin Young dives into the crowd, and their set draws to a close in a flurry of confetti, their hour on stage is enough to cause a frenzy. It may not quite possess the same weight as the evening’s other headliners, but it’s a whole helluva lot of fun.

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