Vampire Weekend play to huge Glastonbury crowd

New Yorkers brave the rain to play storming set

Vampire Weekend, SXSW Music Festival, March 13, 2008. Pic: Jo McCaughey
Vampire Weekend played to a packed crowd on Glastonbury's Other Stage this afternoon (June 27).

The New York band were one of the first acts rumoured to be playing at the 2008 festival after playing the London new talent night Holy Cow, run by some of the festival's organisers.

"I can't believe how many people we're looking at," declared frontman Erza Koenig. "It's such a beautiful site, we're really honoured to be back in your country."

Playing songs from their self-titled debut album, Koenig introduced 'Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa' by declaring: "We want to play a couple songs about Massachusetts, this is the first one.

"We need to warm up a little, I think this one will get you in the festival mood," the frontman explained later before playing a new, still untitled, song.

He then encouraged the crowd to dance for 'A-Punk', promising that they would "do a bit of dancing too".

Afterwards, Koenig praised the crowd's efforts, declaring: "That's pretty good dancing, we really appreciate that.

"One little tradition we have is that we get the audience to sing with us," the singer then explained before 'One (Blake's Got A New Face)'.

"So as we're here, we think it would be good to keep that up. Even if you don't know which band you're watching, you might enjoy singing with us."

The band then got the crowd to shout back the "Blake's got a new face" chorus along with them.

"We're really honoured to be playing here," repeated Koenig before recent single 'Oxford Comma'. "The first time we ever played this song we were in a room as big as a prison cell! This is an incredible experience, you guys have got a good thing going on here."

Vampire Weekend played:

'Mansard Roof'
'Campus'
'Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa'
'M79'
'(Untitled New Song)'
'A-Punk'
'I Stand Corrected'
'Bryn'
'One (Blake's Got A New Face)'
'The Kids Don't Stand A Chance'
'Oxford Comma'
'Walcott'


The band are set to play Glastonbury again tomorrow, this time on the John Peel Stage.

Keep up with all the action from Glastonbury this weekend (June 27-29) as it happens on NME.COM. For news, pictures and blogs keep checking NME.COM's Glastonbury Festival page. Plus make sure you get next week's issue of NME – on UK newsstands from July 2 – for the ultimate Glastonbury review.

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