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Vampire Weekend (Formed 2006)
Vampire Weekend are an American rock band, consisting of the members Ezra Koenig (Lead Singer/guitarist), guitarist/keyboardist and backing vocalist Rostam Batmanglij, drummer and percussionist Chris Tomson and bassist and backing vocalist Chris Baio.
They are better known for their single "A-Punk".

Formation: The band members met each other at Columbia University.
They all bonded over a love of African and pop punk music.
The band self-produced their first album, whilst working full-time jobs.

Music Career: Their song "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" ranked at number 67 on the Rolling Stone's '100 Best Songs of The Year'.
They toured the UK with the Shine in 2007.
In March 2008, they were named 'The Year's Best New Band" by Spin magazine.
Their first self-titled album was released on January 29th, 2008.
It peaked at number 15 on the UK Albums Chart, and number 17 on the Billboard 200.
Four singles were released from the album, but "A-Punk" was the most successful.
It peaked at number 25 on the Billboard modern rock chart.
Their second album, 'Contra', was released on January 11th, 2010.
It reached number 1 on the Billboard 200.
In June 2010, the band performed at Glastonbury, T in the Park, and Oxegen Festival.
They went on tour in 2010 around North America.
They toured with Beach House and Dum Dum Girls.
They were nominated for 'Best Alternative Music Album' at the Grammys.
'Modern Vampires of The City' was released in May 2013.
It debuted at number 1 on the Soundscan Vinyl Charts.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Leeds Festival 2014 - Live Review


It came, It went, It conquered as per. Leeds Festival 2014 was a real pinnacle for this year's UK live music, cramming it's masses into the colossus fields of Bramham Park, this year's Leeds Festival was a true menace of a machine. From strolling the sights and stalls of the relatively tame arena, to hiking through the foothills of Red camp and afar, the beast of Leeds Festival was out in full glamour this year. Not only for the sheer size and scale of the glorified playground, nor for the big bad names it captured upon its stages, but purely the immense and sometimes overwhelming atmosphere of Leeds Festival is what attracts the crowds in their droves - (Each and EVERY year).

Leeds Festival 2014 - Live Review

This year's line-up, though transparent in parts, boasted an array of big names and must sees. From Gerrard Way's premier solo show, right the way through to Macklemore's fur coat - teenage girl-screaming onstage antics. All considered, It is fair to say Leeds festival caters to the masses, though in doing so, often leaving the fringes of those masses at somewhat of a loose-end. Fear no-more, as this year with 10 arena stages and a dozen campsite venues, attendants waved farewell to mud-mooching moments of waiting around and embarked on the northern event of the year. With Oxfam blazers, slush puppy pleasantries and a number of near 24-hour rave spots all been thrown around, It was hard to find even a moment for the annual carbon monoxide poisoning - plastic bag burning ritual  around the camp fire. 

Without further ado, we present to you this year's top live sets and why they really made this year what it was.

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Leeds Festival 2014 - Preview


Here we go, here we go! Leeds Festival 2014, yet only half of us have scored a return ticket from the headaches and hangovers of last year's epic line-up. Each and every year, thousands of people across the social spectrum and across the UK flock to the fields of Leeds for what they know is THE music event of the year. Of course, catering to the masses is no easy feat but with ten stages all rigged up, this machine, emblem of the north, once again raises its flags way up heavens bound.Moving from Temple Newsam a few years back now, LF has really made itself at home within the colossal 1,235 acre grounds of Bramham park. Returning bands themselves (or the newcomers for that matter), facing glorious deja-vu on approach to the site if not already attended as rowdy teens, are in for a real good show.

Leeds Festival 2014 - Preview

With the festival being such an icon and in itself evolving in sheer mass and motor each year, it's understandably hard to really get a good hold-down on the lineup. With time clashes, mud, bar queues and a serious lack of phone battery, it's only fair we deal out a helping hand of this year's 'Not To Be Missed' sets to make festival life a little easier.

In no preferential order at all.

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Sam Smith, Janelle Monae - The Unexpected Gems Of Bonnaroo Day 1


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Happy Bonnaroo weekend! The Tennessee-based arts and music festival effectively kicked off the season on Friday. Per USA Today’s recap, he weather was appropriately mild and the rain that threatened for the entire day never came through, letting crowds enjoy the show free from sweltering heat and soaking rain – a good thing, considering that the lineup, including the likes of Phoenix, CVRCHES, Vampire Weekend and Neutral Milk Hotel were not to be missed. And then there were the headliners.

CHVRCHES
CHVRCHES were just one of the bands playing Bonnaroo Friday.

Kanye West kicked off his set late at night on Friday. As usual, West’s performance was on point, but due to the large crowd and somewhat poor technical execution, it was difficult for many fans to connect. A number of the people, who were too far from the stage, reportedly booed the rapper.

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Betty Who, Tegan And Sara And Foster The People - Big Guava Music Festival 2014 Is Definitely Worth A Visit


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Arguably what could be Florida's most fun-packed 3-day event of the year, Big Guava Music Festival makes its debut today (May 2nd 2014) with an impressive line-up headlined by Outkast, Vampire Weekend and Foster The People.

There's a lot of things we like about Florida, and we reckon Big Guava's inaugural event will definitely be one of them. Set against the glorious city backdrop of Tampa, this festival is bound to be the highlight of your year as it arrives at the Florida State Fairgrounds and Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre. As well as  40 awesome bands on 4 different stages, you got your craft beers, your diverse food trucks and your epic fairground rides (which are free, by the way) that will keep you busy in between performances from a line-up that prides itself on its quality over quantity. Having said that, we still think you're going to be spoilt for choice with this lot.

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It's That Time Of Year Again! New Orleans Jazz Festival Returns With Another Two Weekends Of Music Mythology


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It's that time of year again where New Orleans go all out to prove they are one of the most culturally rich cities in North America with their annual two-weekend event, the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

The Jazz Festival has expanded to two long weekends since its inaugural year in 1970, meaning that more people than ever can get the chance to enjoy the fine music culture of Louisiana. The Queen of Gospel Mahalia Jackson appeared at the first event alongside renowned orchestral composer Duke Ellington, and from then on the festival has gone from strength to strength and has never once lost the spirit that has made it so loved.

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Picture - Vampire Weekend and Chris Baio... Glasgow United Kingdom, Friday 15th November 2013

Vampire Weekend and Chris Baio - Vampire Weekend headlining at the Hydro in Glasgow - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Friday 15th November 2013

Ezra Koenig and Vampire Weekend
Ezra Koenig and Vampire Weekend
Ezra Koenig and Vampire Weekend
Ezra Koenig and Vampire Weekend
Ezra Koenig and Vampire Weekend

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