The Vaccines at Isle Of Wight: ‘One Big Weekend isn’t a festival’

Justin Young says their festival cherry is now truly popped

The Vaccines popped their festival cherry today (June 11) at the Isle Of Wight Festival, playing a show on the Big Top Stage.

The band has appeared at the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend event in Carlisle last month, but singer Justin Young said that he didn’t consider that bash a festival. “One Big Weekend‘s not a festival,” he declared. “For a start, it’s only a day. This is the first festival.” He was mistaken on one of his facts though, as One Big Weekend was a two-day event.

The four-piece attracted a huge crowd to their tent show, with Young telling NME that he was happy to have kicked off a summer which will see them play over 40 festivals worldwide.


“You’ve got to give it more [than at a gig] because there’s more people, people are further away,” he said. “I’ve always maintained we’re a pop band and we want to entertain people. This is where hopefully we’ll shine. You’ve got to give it more, it’s more of a performance.

“It’s quite daunting realising how many people we’re going to be playing to, but we want to be a big band. That’s what being in a band’s about.”

He also concurred that the band’s festival cherry had been “suitably popped”, adding: “It was popped with help from a lot of people. I remember someone saying it’s a good thing if people can’t get in the tent…”

The Vaccines played:

‘Blow It Up’
‘Post Break-Up Sex’
‘Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’
‘A Lack Of Understanding’
‘Under Your Thumb’
‘All In White’
‘If You Wanna’


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