The Vaccines announce autumn 2011 UK tour - tickets on sale Friday 1st July
Posted: 29th June 2011
The Vaccines' rise to fame has been whatever comes after 'meteoric'. Last weekend, just 12 months after forming, they were playing a mid-afternoon slot on the Other Stage at Glastonbury.
Championed by Beyoncé-avoider Zane Lowe, Q magazine and short-listed in the BBC Sound of 2011 poll, acolytes were queuing up long before the debut LP was even recorded. When it was released, in March 2011, 'What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?' peaked at an impressive No 4 in the UK album charts.
The demo for 'If You Wanna' - a by-numbers stomping indie anthem - had been doing the rounds since the early days but the first single was 'Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)', released as a double A-side with 'Blow It Up'. Zane Lowe promptly declared it that week's Hottest Record IN THE WORLD, which obviously made the whole world stop and think.
'If You Wanna' was later released as the third single from the album, followed by possibly the best yet, 'All in White' (out now, kids). Thankfully, the strength of the last two releases means we can gloss over the terrible, awful, obvious, dreary, cringe-worthy, sixth-former chemistry-folder nonsense of 'Post Break-up Sex'.
The Vaccines are not going to change the world (unlike an actual vaccine) but theirs is a classic indie sound and it will always find an audience. With a vocal reminiscent of Madchester-era Tom Hingley (of the Inspiral Carpets) and a soulful indie motif that sounds like Embrace demos, The Vaccines' are continuing a long (and great) tradition of classic British indie music.
And their diary is no doubt filling up, not least with a dozen new dates announced for the autumn, beginning at the O2 Academy Newcastle on 21st November. The tour takes in Lincoln, Leeds and Leamington Spa, among others, before the final show at the Brixton Academy on 7th December.
Tickets go on sale at 9AM on Friday 1st July, priced £15 (£17.50 for London - on sale now). If you wanna see them, you'll need to be on your toes as all dates are expected to sell out quickly.
If you can't get hold of tickets, there are plenty of other opportunities to see The Vaccines this year. They play Hyde Park on 30th June (with Arcade Fire and Mumford and Sons), the Lounge on the Farm festival (8th July), T in the Park (10th July) [face value tickets now sold-out - Ed], Latitude (15th July), Belfast's Belsonic festival - supporting Beady Eye (20th August) and Leeds/Reading on the August holiday weekend.
They're also supporting the Arctic Monkeys on their autumn UK arena tour.