Vampire Weekend “having more fun on the road” ahead of Edinburgh gig

Ahead of their visit to Edinburgh later this year, New York indie favourites Vampire Weekend have said expanding their live show and recruiting new members has changed their touring dynamic.

Speaking to NME, Ezra Koenig said: “We’re having more fun on the road these days. In the early days, we never had enough people to cover all the parts. It was just a little more intense, playing live with only four people.

“The records were never made as just four people – we’d always add different parts. Just to have more hands on stage for the new material – even for the old stuff – makes it a little more relaxed and fun. We can mix things up a bit.

“So now touring feels a little more exciting to me, whereas in the past – of course, it’s exciting – it was more like successfully performing the album. Now it just feels like its own thing, which makes me less angsty on the road [laughs].”

Vampire Weekend will call at the Usher Hall on 7 November before playing headline shows in Manchester, Birmingham and London.

The band recently released its first album in six years, Father of the Bride.

Vampire Weekend’s full UK tour dates are as follows:

7 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
8 – Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
11 – Birmingham Academy, Birmingham
13 – Alexandra Palace, London

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