The Vamps have been a band for an astonishing ten years. This is a massive milestone for any band and deserves to be celebrated! They’re heading out on tour in November/December, and will be releasing a fanzine which features photos of the past ten years, exclusive interviews, and a CD which sees the bands’ favourite tracks.
A fanzine is a fantastic way to reminisce on their time as a band, and they’ve even got their fans involved! Frontman Bradley Simpson explains;
Brad: I think we always liked the idea of doing something that was like a scrap book, or a collection of memories of the past ten years, that was stuff that hadn’t been released. So, it’s like unreleased photos, interviews where we kind of go a bit deeper than we have in other ones. It’s just like very exclusive because we’ve kind of grown up with exclusive merch of bands that we love, and I think from a fan perspective, it’s really nice to have those kind of specialist, limited edition things. So, we wanted to do it as that really, as a celebration of our ten years, and then also, hopefully the people that are getting it are going to be fans who have been on this journey with us, so it feels like a shared thing.
A Greatest Hits Tour will allow fans to witness all their favourites live. The Vamps will be performing their most well-loved tracks including Can We Dance, Somebody To You, and All Night! As well as fan favourite album tracks. Guitarist James Brittain-McVey says;
James: It’s going to be the first tour that it’s not like with an album per say, or campaign, so I think picking the set list will be interesting. It will be nice to cover the whole decade of The Vamps in a set list, so I don’t know what that will look like, but it will be good though, it will be really cool. And maybe like reimagine some of the earlier songs for how we perform now, maybe, we’ll see!
When asked whether they would like to get their fans involved in the setlist, bassist Connor Ball adds;
Connor: Yeah, I think we’ll maybe do it like a twitter thing or something. We’ve done similar things in the past, but yeah, like we’ll do a certain portion of the set where they decide between a few.
They have been surrounded by some of the biggest names in the industry. They’ve toured with McFly and Taylor Swift. Shared stages with Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Kings of Leon, and have collaborated with Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, and Matoma! The band have been able to grow and witness some of the greats and take notes. Drummer Tristan Evans shares some advice that they were given by Taylor Swifts mum!;
Tristan: It was quite funny, there were two of us, or maybe not, it was so long ago! I was speaking to Taylor Swifts’ mum, and I had a really good conversation with her about not relying on third party people. You know, “if you guys want it to happen, you have to make it happen”.
It was talking about her experience, and how you can’t rely on the label, you can’t rely on management. You have to really have that vision of how you would make this happen if it was just me, you know what I mean?
You can check out the full interview with The Vamps over at Essentially Pop! General sale for their Greatest Hits Tour goes on sale on the 1st of July! The fanzine is now available to pre-order here, and full tour dates can be found below;
10 Years Of The Vamps – The Greatest Hits Tour
Wednesday 23 November – Manchester O2 Apollo
Friday 25 November – Brighton Centre
Sunday 27 November – London The O2 Arena
Wednesday 30 November – Bournemouth International Centre
Thursday 1 December – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Saturday 3 December – Dublin 3 Arena
Monday 5 December – Belfast SSE Arena
Wednesday 7 December – Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
Thursday 8 December – Glasgow OVO Hydro
Saturday 10 December – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Sunday 11 December – Birmingham Utilita Arena
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