The Vamps + Support at The NIA, Birmingham, UK – 5th October 2014

Posted by Bianca on Sunday Oct 5, 2014 Under Pop

Gig Review and Photography by Sophie Jones

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Approaching The NIA in its final stages of being revamped, there’s a buzz of excitement in the air with hundreds of screaming, excited girls hurrying about the place with scribbles written over their faces and doodling parents in tow.

First up were local band from Dudley called E of E who got the crowd going and received a very welcoming response within a very short set list (4/5 songs).

Shortly afterwards Luke Friend came skipping out with his guitar in hand but before performing he spoke with the crowd in relation to the song ‘Take On The World’. He said “that if you’re a follower on Instagram you would of seen mini clips of me as a cartoon character signing this song”. As well as promoting The Vamps Tour program “where inside there is a code you can scan to get free download of this track”. Luke’s set had a range of cover songs, which had the whole arena crowd signing along.

Nina Nesbit was up next but unfortunately I missed the set, as I was getting ready at the ‘Meeting Point’ to be taken down to the front of the arena to photograph the rest of the evening.

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It was now time for The Vamps, a wash of blue light was being projected over the curtain in front of the stage, as the lights went down. Then the curtain dropped which sent the fans off into a screaming frenzy, As Brad, James, Connor and Tristan took to the stage.

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The Vamps ploughed through various hits like ‘Somebody To You’, ‘Can We Dance’, ‘Hurricane’ and ‘Wild Heart’. Before taking a breather to inform the arena that tonight’s show was being filmed for a DVD, Which is due to be released Christmas time along with a Christmas album as well.

While Brad, James and Connor took a moment to go off stage, Tristan performed along to various dub-step backing tracks, which showcased his drumming skills which everyone was in awe of. The performance was accompanied with some amazing theatrical lighting.

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The boys joined him back out on stage to cover All Time Low’s single ‘Dear Marie’, ‘Count Me In’ then seamlessly blended in Fall Out Boy’s hit track ‘Sugar Were Going Down’ which left some of the fans slightly lost and confused because of not knowing the songs but they still continued to bop along and have fun.

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Later on in the show Brad asked “How many of you are teenagers? This song is by My Chemical Romance and its called Teenagers”. The crowd responded with screams and cheers as they boys broke into the song, which ended with a big explosion of fireworks that lit the whole arena up!

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Throughout the evening I was sitting next to Brad’s Family members who were singing and dancing along all night. They even took the time to have pictures with the fans who came over to them while they were in their seats. You could see how proud the family was watching their son preform, it was smiles all round.

The boys finished there set with ‘Risk It All’ and ‘Oh Cecilia’ before covering the arena In red and white confetti.

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