Live at the Marquee: Vamp up the teenage delight

If you’d asked me about The Vamps two weeks ago, I would have furrowed my brow, pursed my lips and eventually asked, ‘Aren’t they kind of like One Direction?

Live at the Marquee: Vamp up the teenage delight

Some kind of teeny-boppy boy band or something?’ Judging by the crowd at last night’s Live at the Marquee gig, that’s exactly what they were. A veritable swarm of teenage girls could be seen milling around pre-gig, bangle-clad and messy-haired, and anyone over the age of 30 was undoubtedly on parental supervision duty.

Inwardly I despaired. This wasn’t going to be my cup of tea at all. Except, oddly enough, it was.

A far cry from the carbon-copy 1D group I had expected, four wannabe rock stars in neatly ripped jeans and pristine leather jackets, it wasn’t long before I realised this was a group of genuinely talented musicians, with a tight sound and a set list the crowd just couldn’t get enough of.

Less One Direction and more McBusted, the group play all their own instruments and, thankfully, there wasn’t even a hint of an awkwardly choreographed dance routine. The Vamps aren’t a boy band, they’re just a band, and they’re a damn good one at that.

Surprisingly, I recognised a good few songs — a testament to the huge volume of airplay the group is getting, and proof of their growing popularity.

Predictably, ‘Somebody to You’ was a huge crowd pleaser. Arguably their most well-known song, the upbeat ditty saw a pulsating hoard amass in front of the stage, dancing and singing their hearts out.

Hit song ‘Last Night’ had a similar effect though, to be fair, the bangled and now even messier–haired teens had by then worked themselves into such a frenzy that anything would probably have set them off.

As ever, the group played a good few covers, and played them well —‘Uptown Funk’ never sounded so good.

Alana Darmody, 11, from Belgooly, Co Cork, came to the concert with her sister who bought her tickets as a present. “I love them, I love their music, they’re great,” she said.

Caoimhe Breen, 14, from Mitchelstown, Co Cork, said The Vamps are her favourite.

“I’ve been waiting for ages to see them, they’re the best band ever,” she said.

“I love all their songs, all my friends do too.”

With their fun-loving, tongue-in-cheek attitudes and strong work ethic — The Vamps take pride in the fact they organise their own live shows down to the smallest detail — it’s abundantly clear this band aren’t just a passing fad.

Yes they may be very clean-cut, very wholesome, but so what? They’ve worked hard to get where they are and what they’re doing is obviously working — the hundreds of screaming fans were testament to that.

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