Vampire Weekend close Latitude with a bang

It’s quite a responsibility being the act which closes the main stage on the last day of a festival.

And Vampire Weekend had an extra challenge at Latitude as their predecessors, Florence and the Machine and Belle and Sebastian had been so good.

Describing their sound as “Upper West Side Soweto”, they hail from New York and met at Columbia University.

Fronted by Ezra Koenig, they produced their first self-titled album themselves while holding down day jobs.

Now they’re full time rock stars.


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There was barely a moment when the crowd weren’t dancing: A-Punk, Oxford Comma, Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa and M79, from their debut album, are all already classics in their own way and sounded just fantastic.

They also played newer material from their second album, Contra, including the guitar rush of Cousins and set opener Holiday.

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Finishing with Walcott, and a bit of confetti, they were definitely more than up to the job of ending the festival.

EMMA LEE

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