Vampire Weekend warm up for England vs USA with ‘summer’ Isle Of Wight set

New Yorkers hail transatlantic 'Cousins' during festival set

Vampire Weekend “busted out the summer songs” as they kicked off their festival season at the Isle Of Wight Festival this evening (June 12).

The band, who released their second album ‘Contra’ at the start of the year, told the Seaclose Park crowd they were happy to be playing their songs in the warmer weather.

“So nice to actually be back in England when it’s summer time so we can bust out the summer songs,” declared Ezra Koenig ahead of ‘Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa’.

The set also included some healthy World Cup banter ahead of England and the USA’s clash in South Africa later tonight.

Drummer Chris Tomson, a keen football fan, wore a shirt based on the Stars and Stripes, having previously told NME he was so keen to see the Group C match he was delaying his departure from the festival and hiring a car just so he could watch the game.

However, playing down the rivalry, Koenig introduced ‘Cousins’ by declaring: “I don’t want to get philosophical but this song could be describing the relationship of our two nations.”

Proving there were no grudges, the likes of ‘A-Punk’, ‘Giving Up The Gun’, and ‘One (Blake’s Got A New Face)’ had the crowd singing along.

The band then wished the crowd, many of whom were starting to head off to watch the match, “good luck” before playing ‘Walcott’.

Vampire Weekend played:

‘White Sky’
‘Holiday’
‘Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa’
‘M79’
‘Californian English’
‘Cousins’
‘Run’
‘A-Punk’
‘One (Blake’s Got A New Face)’
‘Giving Up The Gun’
‘Campus’
‘Oxford Comma’
‘Horchata’
‘Walcott’

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