LIVE MUSIC REVIEW: THE VAMPS, Wednesday 28th January 2015, Entertainment Centre Theatre

British pop band The Vamps played Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre on Wednesday night to a packed house of appreciative youngsters.

Supported by Aussie pop punk band Short Stack, The Vamps who brought us “Can We Dance?”, “Last Night” and, more recently, “Cecilia” were eagerly awaited by a legion of primarily female fans.

Short Stack took to the stage to open for the feature act, but appeared to be singing to the beat of a different tune than The Vamps.

Greeting the crowd with, “What the F*ck is up Adelaide?” might have been more appropriate at one of their more typical gigs, considering the age of the crowd.

However, their intense energy and catchy tunes warmed the crowd up, getting everyone in the mood for what was to come later.

Short Stack announced they would return in April to play their own show where no doubt they would avoid parents covering the ears of unsuspecting juniors.

9878-the_vamps_meet_the_vamps_420x250The Vamps arrived after a short break and blew away any pre-conceived notion that they may be a spinoff of the One-Direction manufactured success machine.

Brad Simpson (lead vocals and guitar), James McVey (lead guitar and vocals), Connor Ball (bass guitar and vocals) and Tristan Evans (drums and vocals) showed they are skilled musicians with an ability to deliver a powerhouse performance.

The UK four-piece who found their claim to fame via YouTube kicked off their set with a crowd favourite “Girls on TV” which immediately lifted the energy of the room.

Frontman Brad oozed charisma as he engaged with his audience, turning on the charm and flirting with the screaming fans, who were gasping for air and trying not to faint.

Mixed in with their known hits, The Vamps played some interesting cover mash-ups including “Locked out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars mixed with Taylor Swifts “I Knew You were Trouble” and Macklemore’s hit “Thrift Shop”.

Most impressive perhaps was Tristan’s drum solo; showmanship at its finest, he never missed a beat proving the band have a long and successful career ahead of them.

After playing popular hits like “Somebody to You” and “Can We Dance?” which debuted at number two on the UK singles charts, The Vamps slowed down the pace with their first song from 2011 “She Was the One”.

Serenading the audience with this ballad, most of the females in the audience were, at this stage, already madly in love with Brad so this just accelerated the collective swoon.

The band then ended on a high note with a cover of “Teenage Kicks” and their latest hit “Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart)” which has already reached 1.2 million views on YouTube in one week.

Returning for an encore at the crowd’s request, they played “Risk It All” and left the young audience satisfied, and the adults, possibly surprised and impressed.

By Daisy Sumersford

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