Watch Vampire Weekend play ‘A-Punk’ three times in a row at early morning London gig

"That song is too short..."

Vampire Weekend completed their third London gig of the week this morning at the Islington Assembly Hall, playing ‘A-Punk’ three times in a row.

After the first performance of the song, frontman Ezra Koenig said: “Hmmmm that song is too short.” After the second, he added: “These shows are essentially attended rehearsals, we’ve got a lot of shows to play this year. I’m sorry, but…” before playing the song again.

After the second, Koenig said: “Okay, now we’re tired. That’s the most times we’ve ever played it – we wanted to beat the record.”

You can see images, footage and more reaction from the gig below:

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Koenig also lent his support to people taking part in London’s ‘Peoples’ Protest’ march later in the day before the show’s final song.

He said: “Maybe some of you are gonna go protest later. Godspeed – we wish you the best. It was lovely to spend the morning with you.”

Reviewing the first of their three return gigs in London earlier this week, NME wrote: “The heavy lean towards the fan friendly moments act as a celebration of their greatness and reminder of the sheer joy they can deliver, but the new material suggests they may only now be approaching the peak of their powers. Beg, steal or borrow to see Vampire Weekend in 2019.”

You can see the full setlist from today’s gig here:

Vampire Weekend Setlist – March 23
Obvious Preacher
Unbelievers
Holiday
Sunflower
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
White Sky
Run
Giant
Ladies of Cambridge
2021
Late In The Evening (Paul Simon cover)
I’m Going Down On This Clown (Bruce Springsteen cover)
Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac cover)
Cousins
A-Punk X3
Oxford Comma
Big Blue
Harmony Hall
The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance

Encore
Lovely Gun
Worship You
Ya Hey