Vampire Weekend play Bernie Sanders rally in New York

Band performs "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa", "Unbelievers", "Rise Above" and "A-Punk"

Vocal Bernie Sanders fans Vampire Weekend have played a rally in New York City in support of the presidential hopeful at a rally in New York.

The band are amongst the Vermont senator’s most vocal proponents, having cropped up at numerous political events across the country in an effort to help him win the Democrat Party’s nomination to run for president in the American general elections in November.

Held at Washington Square Park in the hip Greenwich Village neighbourhood on Manhatten island, the fourpiece also played with the Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth and members of the Columbia University Metrotones, an all-female a cappella group.

Around 27,000 people saw them play a brief set of their most famous songs, including “Unbelievers”, “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa”, “Rise Above” and “A-Punk”. Hollywood stars including director Spike Lee, and actors Rosario Dawson, Shailene Woodley and Tim Robbins all put in appearances at last night’s event, as outsider candidate Sanders looks to try and overturn his rival Hillary Clinton’s advantage in the polls.

Grizzly Bear are due to perform at another campaign rally in Brooklyn on Sunday ahead of the New York primary on Tuesday 19 April. The likes of Danny DeVito and Justin Long are due to turn up.

Vampire Weekend are believed to be in the early stages of preparation for their next album, which would be a follow-up to 2013’s ‘Modern Vampires of the City’.