Converse Gigs @ 100 Club: The Vaccines


April, 2012

What did you expect from The Vaccines?

Wednesday night 4th April at the 100 Club and the place was packed with boys in skinny jeans, indie girls on a mission and men grasping pints. All of them were there for one thing : The Vaccines. It was the hottest ticket in town and the first time the band had ever played the legendary venue. Everyone was excited.

Warming up the patient crowd, ensemble, Zulu – featuring none other than the offspring of The Clash’s Paul Simonon – took to the stage and immediately looked as if they have been there forever. Full of Sex Pistol swagger and youthful energy they tear through a punk induced set, making sure that every person in the room will go away remembering them.

Rather timidly after the previous performance, current buzz band Filthy Boy stepped up to deliver their NME radar tipped guitar led ditties. It’s a competent performance for a band of such tender years and suitably warms the crowd for the main event.

On they came, arms held high like champions, ready to tear the venue apart with tracks from their platinum selling debut ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines.’ And quite right too. This is a band who in the last twelve months have jumped from indie start ups to arena playing, Brit nominated and NME award winning rock band heroes.

Opening with a raucous version of ‘Blow It Up’ the audience went into overdrive, jumping and pushing to the front, desperate to get the attention of long haired lead singer, Justin Young. Continuing to run through a set of Vaccine favourites, including last single ‘Tiger Blood’, ‘Wreckin Bar’ and of course, the unforgettable ‘Post Break Up Sex’ this was a night fit for the 100 Club in every sense of the musical word.

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