THE LOWDOWN: The Vamps In Brisbane
The Vamps are quickly becoming one of the biggest bands in the world with a massive and dedicated fanbase that track the groups every move. Australian fans banded together passionately petitioning to bring them down under for a promotional visit/tour. After gaining worldwide attention the band confirmed they were coming down under in June 2014 to Sydney and Brisbane for an exclusive promotional run of interviews and events. Brisbane seemed the place to be if you were a “Vampette” with 3 exclusive free shows/appearances in one day. I was lucky enough to be in attendance for all three shows to find out what actually went down.
Kicking off the day bright and early at 8am for a scheduled performance at B105’s Pop Up Breakfast Show in Sunnybank The Vamps arrived with one missing member. Lead vocalist Brad Simpson had been left in Sydney after having a confirmed case of Tonsilitis making it impossible for him to perform at any of the scheduled gigs in Brisbane. But the show went on with James McVey and Connor Ball sharing the main role of Vocals while Tristan Evans played percussion. Vocally James and Connor aren’t as strong as Brad but they still managed to pull off the songs and impress fans. Acoustically performing “Somebody To You” and “Last Night” all members seemed nervous and a bit unsure about the situation at hand but they had the crowd eating out of their hand. After a brief interview the boys conducted a quick 45 minute meet n greet posing with fans and saying a quick hello.
Next up was the Channel V Geurilla Gig performance in King George Square where a large crowd turned up to see the band play acoustic versions of “Somebody To You”, “Last Night”, “She Was The One” and “Can We Dance”. The boys seemed to enjoy this gig a lot more and seemed increasingly more confident. While sharing jokes and talking with the crowd the fans seemed to be in awe and enjoying this intimate up close and personal gig. Leaving the performance they got mobbed and it was definitely a sight I have never witnessed before and preferably don’t want to again.
The last gig of the day was an exclusive invite only performance for Nova’s Red Room at The Eatons Hill Hotel. This was The Vamps only “full” band performance with Tristan at the drums and the full electrified sound coming to life. Performing “Somebody To You”, “Last Night”, “She Was The One”, “Wild Heart” and “Can We Dance” the crowd was on their feet dancing and enjoying this intimate show. Even though Brad didn’t attend any of these events the fans were very understanding and so grateful that rest of the band still made the effort to play these exclusive shows and continue to meet fans. Vocally the performances improved with each member becoming more comfortable and finding their voice for these songs live.
The Vamps have confirmed they hope to be returning to Australia at the beginning of 2015 for a full run of tour dates.