Wednesday, July 12, 2023

The Vamps Headline First Weekend Of South Shields’ South Tyneside Festival 2023

On Sunday, pop/rock band The Vamps opened the first of four South Tyneside Festival concerts, held in Bents Park in South Shields. 

Attracting thousands of fans from across the country, the band put together a set of their greatest hits in celebration of ten years together, and of their return to the North East.

Forming in 2012 and enjoying their first Number 1 single on the Official UK Albums Chart in 2017 with album ‘Night & Day’, The Vamps currently have five studio albums and multiple music awards to their name, and show no signs of slowing down any time soon.


It was a jam-packed afternoon of live music, with support from local band The Waiters, a six-piece from South Shields who played both original songs and covers in order to warm up the crowd. 

Newcastle singer-songwriter Lauren Amour, who went viral last year with a rewrite of the Black Eyed Peas hit ‘Where Is The Love’ which she dedicated to Ukraine, also made an appearance. Performing with high energy and catchy melodies, Amour is a BBC Introducing tip for 2023, an achievement which she described as ‘an absolute dream’.


The Vamps were also preceded by nineteen-year-old artist Henry Moodie, who has recently accompanied the band on their UK tour. Moodie’s musical journey was clear as he performed original songs such as ‘drunk text’‘you were there for me’ and ‘eighteen’ as well as a cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Anti-Hero’, as any traces of nerves which were seen when he first started touring with the band late last year had vanished, leaving, in their place, a down-to-earth and gifted young artist with an undoubtedly successful career ahead of him.


Headliners The Vamps, consisting of vocalist and guitarist Brad Simpson, lead guitarist James McVey, bassist Connor Ball and drummer Tristan Evans, then opened with an electric performance of ‘Last Night’, a single from their 2014 debut album ‘Meet The Vamps’, followed by other hits like ‘Wild Heart’‘Middle of the Night’, ‘Cecilia’ and ‘Married in Vegas’.


Interacting with the crowd and, at one point, standing up on the barrier in order to get closer to fans, Simpson proved himself once again to be an incredibly talented frontman, encouraging lots of cheering and singing from dedicated fans, some of whom had been queueing since 7am earlier that day.


South Tyneside Festival will continue each Sunday in July, with Jason DonovanBjorn Again and Boyzlife each headlining their respective weekends, alongside a variety of support acts from the North East and further afield. For more information, as well as details on how to attend, visit the festival’s official website and Instagram.


To keep up to date with The Vamps’ upcoming live events and music, check out their official website.


Isobel Reeves


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