Vampire Weekend rescued by Pendulum at Oxegen

Band play first ever Irish show at festival

Vampire Weekend played their first ever Irish show tonight (July 12), playing to a packed-out Green Room Tent at the Oxegen Festival.

However, the band needed some help from Aussie drum ‘n’ bass outfit Pendulum to complete the show.

The New Yorkers had not managed to make it to Eire before and, naturally, the big top arena was near capacity for the group’s set.


“One of our first ever concerts was in an Irish pub,” frontman Ezra Koenig told NME.COM ahead of the show. “I guess we’re coming full circle at Oxegen.”

Kicking off with ‘Mansard Roof’, the band showcased their self-titled album for the crowd, who clapped and sang along loudly.

“How’s your summer going? You don’t mind the rain, do you?” Koenig asked the crowd, introducing ‘Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa’. “We don’t mind the rain, we’re in a nice tent anyway – here’s a jig for your Irish summer.”

After the song was finished keyboard player Rostam Batmanglij announced, “we’re going to make a video for that song in three days time”, hinting at its future single status.

After brief problems with Chris Baio‘s bass, Vampire Weekend found their unlikely saviours.

“Thank you to Pendulum for lending us that bass,” explained Koenig, as the bassist swapped to a sleek black instrument ahead of the new song the band have been playing live recently, but admit they have yet to title.


‘A-Punk’ saw Baio back with his own bass, as the whole crowd – encouraged by frontman Koenig – danced along.

The singer once again recruited the large audience to holler out the chorus for ‘One (Blake’s Got A New Face)’, in the band’s customary audience participation slot.

“A journalist asked us before the show who was the best at singing that,” explained Koenig after the audience’s loud backing vocals. “Well, the champions are definitely Ireland! We expected that!”

With the band reaching the climax of their set, the singer announced: “You guys have been excellent, we didn’t come to Ireland for a long time even though we have a former Dublin resident on the drums [Christopher Tomson]. Well, we want to come back and play again for you soon!”

Vampire Weekend played:

‘Mansard Roof’


‘Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa’


‘[Untitled New Song]’



‘One (Blake’s Got A New Face)’

‘I Stand Corrected’

‘Oxford Comma’


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NME.COM caught up with Pendulum at T In The Park. You can watch the interview by clicking on the link below.