Review: The Vamps @ Manchester Arena – Manchester

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The Vamps

The Vamps always put on a show that absolutely anyone could enjoy, whatever age and whatever there normal musical taste. Their latest arena tour visited Manchester Arena on Saturday and I had the pleasure of being there.

The babyfaced band always bring with them an array of supporting artists to start the night off and this year was no different with 3 support acts taking to the stage before them. A highlight of these was the brilliant New Hope Club who played a short set filled with energetic originals and covers and seemed to get every single fan on side in a short period of time.

The Vamps took to the stage and the arena erupted into screams which would not stop until they finished their encore. I don’t care what people say about The Vamps, they write some catchy songs and opened with Wake Up which the whole arena sang with them. This came coupled with fireworks and sparks flying out of guitars which became a recurring theme throughout the night.

Frontman Brad commanded the stage throughout the night, engaging with fans and posing for pictures. You can see why they have such the following they do and I’m sure it’ll grow even more upon the release of their new album, which was plugged, a lot.

Other highlights included a stripped back version of Cecilia which was beautifully performed, new song Paper Hearts which is sure to be a chart hit, and fan favourite Somebody To You. They intertwined the songs with funny chats with the audience and a drum-off between Brad and Tristan.

To close the night off they played the insanely good song Can We Dance and All Night which blasted through the bowl and had every one of the 10,000 strong crowd, including me, impressed.

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Review by Jack McCabe | @jmc2630

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