Friday 5 July 2019
The indie band who went on to conquer the charts and take home awards are back at Roskilde Festival. Don’t worry, they don’t bite.

Mixing indie rock with joyful, Afro-pop-inspired melodies and rhythms, Vampire Weekend gradually grew from one of the first bands to be championed by music bloggers into a chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning act that helped define the sound of indie music in the late 2000s and 2010s.

Vampire Weekend started as the indie modernisation of 80s forebears like Paul Simon (Graceland) and Stop Making Sense-era Talking Heads, and they have since incorporated elements from ska, hip-hop as well.

Vampire Weekend actually became the first indie rock act to have two consecutive albums (2010's Contra and 2013's Modern Vampires of the City) enter the Billboard Hot 100 at number one.

Modern Vampires of the City became an all-dominating success with its immaculate, beautifully balanced and enthralling pop music. It ended topping numerous end-of-year lists (we bet it will end on ‘best of the decade’ lists as well once the 2010s are over).

In early 2019, Vampire Weekend unveiled the first batch of songs in nearly six years from the upcoming fourth album Father of the Bride. The band has revealed that the album, their fourth, will boast an array of collaborators.

The last time Vampire Weekend played Roskilde Festival was nine years ago. Since then, they have said goodbye to founding member Rostam Batmanglij and remodelled and improved their live setup. They now play as a fully-fledged seven-piece unit. Frontman Ezra Koenig, drummer Chris Thompson and bassist Chris Baio are now joined by multi-instrumentalist Greta Morgan, guitarist Brian Roberts, keys player Will Canzoneri, and percussionist Garrett Ray.

When Vampire Weekend returns to Roskilde Festival they will bring a setlist which will both glance back at their previous glorious efforts as well as include some sparklingly new songs that show the way forward for this New Yorker band.