LIVE: The Vaccines @ Brighton Dome
Friday evening. Ready to shake off the exhausting week at work and start the weekend. No better way to do that than attending a gig and when it’s a The Vaccines concert, it’s even better. The Brighton Dome was only the second stop during their tour and it became clear from the very beginning that the energy level was still exceptionally high. From both the bands and the audience.
Confidence is key. That’s certainly the wisdom we took away from the performance of the first support act of the evening, Jesse Jo Stark. Dressed in a stylish, silver rock ‘n roll outfit, the singer-songwriter from Los Angeles channeled her inner Nancy Sinatra onto the stage to open the set with a sweet but powerful Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down). It was the combination of slow and emotional songs with rough, tough and rock ones. The highlights of the show were without a doubt Breakfast with Lou, Wish I Was Dead and the immensely energetic Fire of Love. It’s not the first time The Vaccines take Jesse Jo Stark as their support and we hope it won’t be the last time because she was the perfect start of a great evening.
Last May, she was part of the Great Escape festival so for the singer-songwriter Hatchie, the second support act, it was a happy return to Brighton. However, there was one tiny dark cloud that hung above this gig and that was the distortion that overruled the sound once in a while. The feat that this would happen again was present during the entire concert but that doesn’t mean that it was a bad concert at all. On the contrary. While Jesse Jo Stark stood out because of her powerhouse voice, Hatchie ruled with her understated, dreamy and introspective style. Hatchie clearly loved Brighton and that love was mutual, without a doubt. It wouldn’t be a total surprise if Hatchie makes a trip from her home country “Down Under” back to Brighton soon.
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After being treated with songs such as QOTSA’s The Way You Used To Do and Gorillaz’s Feel Good Inc, The Vaccines entered the stage, ready to keep the indie party going on all night long. It was love at first sight. For both the band and the audience and so Your Love Is My Favourite Band was the perfectly fitting opener. With Teenage Icon and I Always Knew, not only the tempo increased but also the temperature. We weren’t even three songs in or the first mosh pit was formed and the beer flew everywhere where it wasn’t supposed to. Time to slow it down with Wetsuit, which hasn’t clearly lost any of its charm since its 2011 release. However, no time to rest or grab a new beer afterward. With Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra), Out on the Street, Post Break-Up Sex and Nørgaard, Brighton Dome was set on fire.
While the first part of the set was a The Vaccines jukebox filled with their hits, the second part was a mixture of both well-known, sing-a-long songs and more unknown but still very catchy ones. The pace decreased with songs such as Young American, Take It Easy and Rolling Stones but the heat rose again during All My Friends Are Falling in Love, Handsome and If You Wanna. Their hit I Can’t Quit was the ideal closure. It showed us what we have had the last hour, a pure Indie rock party with the greatest The Vaccines songs and was also a sign of what was more to come. More!
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“Three more songs. Three more songs”. It was clear that the audience couldn’t quit the gig yet and they weren’t the only ones. With a very big smile on their faces, The Vaccines returned back to stage for one final push. While No Hope felt like a warm-up of the encore, the pumping beats of Nightclub turned the venue into a sweaty, hot and rock ‘n roll disco. All In White might seem like a very unexpected closure but it was the perfect ending of an enjoyable evening!